be regarded as a truly great traditional accordion player of individual
style, grace and spirit, in a country which boasts of an excess of truly
great and highly rated traditional musicians, is an accolade not to be
taken lightly. Josephine Marsh is one such musician.
In the wake of her eponymously titled debut album in '96
(now Re-released on the Tara label), which received excellent reviews
in such music magazines and national papers as Hot Press, The Irish Times,
The Irish Echo (NY), Folk Roots(UK), Rock n' Reel (Scotland), The Irish
Music Magazine, The Irish Voice (NY), Dirty Linen (USA), etc. Josephine's
reputation as an accordion player and composer has carried her, and her
band to perform at gigs and festivals in Europe, Australia, and the USA.
On St. Patrick's Day she, along with her brother Pat and singer Niamh
Parsons, played for President Bill Clinton, Bertie Ahearn and many other
dignitaries at Capitol Hill. In 1997 her music was featured in a National
Geographic film on the Famine. Josephine was also voted Best Rookie of
the Year and also was one of the runners up for Best Female Traditional
Performer by the Irish Music Magazine. She has a style all of her own
making and with the help of the many television/radio stations playing
her music, has built up a faithful, sizeable audience for her particular
brand of music.
With her four-piece band, which includes the virtuoso mandolin/bouzouki
player Declan Corey, Paul O Driscoll on double bass, and the latest addition
to the group, guitarist/singer Tommy Carew, Josephine has successfully
integrated her individual style and sound to an equally individual group
sound and style.
RECORDINGS: To date Josephine has been involved in
a number of recordings. These include the following:
- (1990) - TO MEET A FRIEND Josephine Marsh/Cyril O Donoghue (accordion/bouzouki
and vocals) own label. Produced by Josephine Marsh/Cyril O Donoghue
- (1991) - THE HUMOURS OF CLARE various artists, i.e.; Sean Tyrrell,
Martin Hayes, etc., - Clare FM label Produced by Aine Hennessey
- (1994) - THE SANCTUARY SESSIUNS various artists, i.e.; Sean Tyrrell,
Kevin Crawford, Shannon Family, etc., - Sanctuary Sessiuns label.
Produced by PJ Curtis
- (1997) KATE PURCELL A DREAM UNFOLDS Kate Purcell singer/songwriter
Dream Records Produced by PJ Curtis
- (1998) - LIVE IN PEPPERS various artists, i.e.; Martin O Connor,
Tommy Peoples, etc., - Coolin Bridge label. Produced by Tommy Hayes
- (1998) - THE DIMMING OF THE DAY Gerry Lynch (vocals) Dolphin Records.
Produced by PJ Curtis.
- (1998) - THE ORCHARD Sean Tyrrell (vocals) Longwalk Records Produced
by Sean Tyrrell/Davy Spillane.
- (1999) - TIM FLANNERY'S ALBUM (vocals,USA) Tim Flannery featuring
Jackson Brown and Bruce Hornsby Whale Bone Records Produced by Matt
MEDIA: Josephine has appeared on several television
programmes in recent years. These include:
- SULT a Hummingbird Production for both RTE 1 and Teilifis na Gaeilge,
presented by Donal Lunny.
- NATIONWIDE an RTE 1 production which also featured the music of
the group De Dannan.
- GANTRY shown on Teilifis na Gaeilge and RTE 1 and presented by Brendan
- SIBIN also a Teilifis NA Gaeilge production that featured the band
and on Christmas Eve 98 with Jerry Lynch.
- THE PAT KENNY SHOW shown on RTE 1, featuring the singer/songwriter,
- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC has included The Shepherd from the Josephine
Marsh album, in a film based on the Great Famine in Ireland, narrated
by Gabriel Byrne. This film also included music from The Chieftains
and Zan McCloud.
- RADIO AIRPLAY Josephine's music has/is featured on a regular basis
on local, national, and international radio stations such as Clare
FM, RTE 1/RTE2, Lyric FM, BBC World Service, etc.
- Airplay has also included live interviews on FolkScene (Los Angeles),
- Sydney radio; Australia,
- Breton Radio, France,
- and the Kathleen Biggins Celtic radio show in New York.
CD REVIEWS AND OTHERS: Some CD reviewers have said:
- Compares with the best work of more publicly renowned names 'Bill
Graham, Hot Press'
- A player of outstanding ability 'Nuala O Connor, Irish Times'
- A phenomenal accordion player a mind blowing debut album 'John O'Regan,
Rock and Reel'
- Loose, free, spiritual, simple, light, joyous, flowing 'Phil Gaston,
- One of the most deeply satisfying instrumental album made in recent
years 'Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, New York'
- Marsh has a gift for composition. Every time I turn on the stereo
lately, I find myself reaching for Josephine Marsh's self-titled record.
'Don Meade, Irish Voice, New York'
- Excellent debut album, a gentle gem, full of life and humour 'Alex
Monaghan, Living Tradition'
- The lyric beauty she brings from the accordion is hair bristling stuff
'National Folk Festival, Geelong, Australia'
- There's great respect in her music a wonderful accordion player 'Phillip
King, Hummingbird Records'
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