Josephine Marsh

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Josephine Marsh
Birth nameJosephine Marsh
GenresIrish Traditional
Occupation(s)Musician and Composer

Josephine Marsh is an Irish traditional composer as well as playing the accordion, fiddle, concertina, whistle, mandolin, guitar and banjo.


Josephine Marsh was born in London in 1967 but has lived in County Clare since she was four. Her family returned to the area in 1971.[1][2] She works as a full-time musician and teacher. Marsh has recorded several albums herself and her compositions have been recorded by artists including Mick McGoldrick and John McSherry, Padraig Rynne, Liadain and The London Lassies. She began taking classes when she was 10 before playing with a local music group. From there Marsh began to compete in the Gael Linn youth festival Slogadh, the Fleadh Ceoil and the Oireachtas.[3][4][5]

Marsh moved to Sydney, Australia in 1996 and worked as a music teacher and touring musician. She performed at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, Port Fairy Festival and Geelong Folk Festival. Later she toured the US, Europe, the UK and Ireland. Marsh has performed a wide number of Irish musicians including Tommy Keane, Lillis Ó Laoire, Liz Doherty, Kitty Hayes, and Mick Kinsella.[3][4][6][7]

In 2003, Marsh composed all the music for The Music of Ghosts, part of the Musician in Residence role in Mountshannon, County Clare. The production was recorded and aired on Lyric Fm. She has appeared on a number of Irish television programmes including The Pat Kenny Show, Nationwide and Geantraí. She regularly tours Ireland.[3][4][8]

Marsh has been a tutor at the Willie Clancy Summer School. She got Arts Council funding which allowed her to focus on her compositions. In 2020 she was awarded TG4 Composer of the year.[3][4][9][10][5]


  • To meet a friend with Cyril O’Donoghue (1987)
  • Josephine Marsh (1996)
  • I Can Hear you Smiling (2001)
  • Music in the Frame (2018)


  1. ^ "Josephine Marsh | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Meath Beo trad music series on way to Julianstown". Meath Chronicle. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Composer of the Year". TG4. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "'There's music everywhere': An Interview with Josephine Marsh". The Journal of Music: Irish Music News, Reviews & Podcasts, Plus Music Jobs & Opportunities. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b Flynn, Pat (4 June 2020). "Three Clare musicians to receive Gradam Ceoil Awards". The Clare Herald. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  6. ^ "August 29th – Josephine Marsh, Mick Kinsella & Declan Corey – Spirit of Doolin". Spirit of Doolin – Irish Traditional Music. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Music Network Presents: Nell NíChróinín, Tara Breen, Laoise Kelly, and Josephine Marsh – Clifden Arts Festival". Clifden Arts Festival – Celebrating 42 Years of bringing the Arts to Clifden. 23 August 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  8. ^ "As the NoCrows fly: This week's best trad gigs". The Irish Times. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  9. ^ Flynn, Pat (4 June 2020). "Clare musicians awarded highest honours". The Clare Herald. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  10. ^ Long, Siobhan (21 March 2013). "'I really want to take the harp off the tax envelope'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 June 2020.