Joseph Bolger

singer-songwriter

Biography

I am a singer-songwriter, voice coach and producer working across both classical and contemporary music.

My songs are built on my affiliation with the great bands and songwriters of the 90s, blending acoustic guitars, classically inflected vocals and creative production techniques. Their lyrics recall my experiences living with social anxiety and depression, aspiring to a catharsis that I hope resonates with a wide range of listeners. Alongside my original songs, I cover classic songs from the 60s through to the present day, making use of jazz-inspired harmonies and expressive vocal delivery to create new versions which are truly unique. I am constantly updating my singer-songwriter playlist which you can view on YouTube here.

In 2019 I founded PerSona, a company specialising in teaching and digital media for classical and acoustic musicians. To date, the company has worked with ensembles including Eboracum Baroque, Palisander recorders and Peterborough Cathedral Choir. Our content has been shared by Classic FM, reaching tens of thousands of people from across the world. Our growing YouTube channel showcases performances from musicians across an eclectic mix of genres and musical periods through making high-quality production values both accessible and affordable. The channel also hosts our MENtal Health Open Mic, a project which seeks to build a community where men feel comfortable discussing mental health through music and which is run in association with CPSL Mind and the Stop Suicide Campaign.

Educated in the classical tradition, I studied musicology and composition at Oxford University before training as a countertenor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Over the next several years I worked with leading classical ensembles including Opera North, Music Theatre Wales, Opera Settecento and Armonico Consort, appearing as a soloist at major venues and festivals, including the London Handel Festival. During this time, I also undertook doctoral research into the social contexts of early music singing since 1960 at King’s College London. From 2015-2018 I worked as Senior Lecturer in Classical Voice at Leeds College of Music.

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