Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music
31st July - 4th August 2017

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MUSIC MASTERCLASSES

The team of international tutors is made up of master performers with proven track records as teachers and educationalists. The primary means of teaching and learning is ‘by ear’ with an emphasis in the less experienced classes of assisting pupils to develop oral/aural skills in addition to instrumental competency and developing core repertoire.

  • Classes take place Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm at Ulster University Belfast Campus on York Street.
  • Classes are designed for intermediate to advanced (minimum 2 years instrument experience) adults and children over 6 years of age with exception of the Traditional Singing Classes, Fiddle Classes and unless specifically titled a 'Beginners Class'. See individual classes for full details. 
  • Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception of evening concerts and the Trad Trail.

Button Accordion with Josephine Marsh

Button Accordion with Josephine Marsh

95.00

Classes take place Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm at Ulster University Belfast Campus.

This class is designed for Intermediate to Advanced adults and children over 6 years of age.Fee includes admission to all programme events with exception of evening concerts. 

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Josephine Marsh

Josephine Marsh plays a 2-row Hohner Black Dot accordion and has been playing music since the age of 8. She comes from a musical family and cites her father, Paddy, as one of her main influences. Her brother Pat plays Irish bouzouki. Josephine draws her music from the older tradition but also performs many original compositions such as the reel 'Phyllis' Birthday.'

Josephine Marsh is a musician with a highly personalised and distinctive style. Her debut solo recording reveals remarkable insight and sensitivity towards the core of the tradition. She looks for the deepest feelings in music and has a way of bringing about a mood of great happiness and uplift. 

Even though she plays in a style that is both personal and at the same time distilled from the musical influences of East Clare, she refuses to be constrained or defined by anything other than her own eclectic musical tastes.

On St. Patrick's Day 1997 Josephine, Pat Marsh and Niamh Parsons performed at Capitol Hill for President Clinton and political guests from Ireland. Josephine has been involved with many different collaborations over the years and her most recent one was with mandolin player, Declan Corey and the Welsh duo Toreth. Together they completed a Music Network Tour of Ireland and Wales, where they played on S4C TV.

Another project of note was 'The Music of Ghosts' which took place at the Mountshannon Festival in 2003; Josephine was musician in residence and composed the music to accompany the PJ Curtis story of the same title. This project featured five other musicians, a narrator, and was accompanied by the images of photographer Mike Mulcaire.

Josephine both plays and teaches the accordion, fiddle, concertina and tin whistle. Her playing and teaching led her to Australia in 1995 where she performed at many of the festivals, including Port Fairy and the National folk festival in Canberra. Since her return from Australia she has been involved in several recordings, including her own self- titled, solo CD in 1995 and her band's album in 2001, titled 'I can hear you smiling'.