Well, I think there's no one in this 'gathering' called Chris Rea fans who doesn't like Josephine...
It's one of my favourites, too, but I have to disagree; I found the Shamrock-version a bit disco, I prefer the New Light (actually: radio) version.
But I remember when Chris started to play the song with the banjo in the Farewell concert; no one knew what was that until he started to sing - and then I kinda fell in love with that version. I simply can't get enough... and yes, 'Josephine grew up...' shakes the foundations!
By the way, Chris appeared in a TV-show for a phone interview just the other day, and before the interview the reporter said some facts about him, including the following:
'Chris Rea has two adult daughters; the whole world probably know them... since they're called Julia and Josephine.'