Josie Nugent (Fiddle) A native of Co. Clare and multiple All-Ireland fiddle champion. Josie grew up surrounded by a rich variety of notable traditional musicians including Martin Hayes, Tony Linnane and Francie Donnellan. She has performed and broadcast extensively and previous releases include: Fead an Iolair with na Casaidigh; Hills and Hollows with her sister Mary, and The Caves of Cong with Brian Stafford. Josie has collaborated widely with internationally renowned musicians such as Jackie Daly & Johnny ‘Ringo’ McDonagh of DeDannan, sound designer and composer Guillaume Beauron (Game of Thrones) and South African percussionist Eugene Skeef.
Josie was appointed musical director and composer for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013’s closing ceremony. The Bridges of Derry featured the renowned fife player Skip Healy (USA) and world-champion drummer Mark Wilson. More recent projects include Electric Circus’s Sasquatch an experimental musical theatre production featuring live improvised music, song, dance and film sequences to Gabriel Rosnestock’s published work Sasquatch, premiered January 2016.
Josie is mentor and music coach for Music Bridge, a long term collaborative project between Musicians without Borders, the Netherlands and Culturlann Uí Chanáin, Derry, to create sustainable community music programs within Northern Ireland’s divided communities. She is also active as a music therapist in the areas of autism, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and dementia and is a postgraduate supervisor of music therapy at University of Limerick.