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Jimmy Crowley and Marla Fibish

Jimmy and Marla sitting at table

Jimmy Crowley has been a central figure in the Irish folk scene since the enthusiastic reception of his debut album The Boys of Fairhill in 1977. Now, with a dozen recordings to his name, Jimmy is widely known as a dynamic and singular singer, accomplished multi- instrumentalist (bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, harmonica and more), historian, bearer of the tradition, ethnographer, Irish language enthusiast, and an extraordinary songwriter.

Jimmy Crowley is a musical icon in Irish tradition. He sings out from his own ground to a world of listeners and the lift and lilt pf his voice is the listeners’ joy." — Micheal O Sulleabhain, Irish World Centre, University of Limerick
"An unCorked bottle of delight overflowing with good spirits, effervescent vocals and brimful of good bouzouki and guitar playing." — Dirty Linen
"He remains a unique interpreter of songs both traditional and contemporary with a special gift for communicating with his audience." — Mary Black
"For me, he embodies all that is good and true about the music in which we are involved. — Martin Carthy

Marla Fibish is a San Francisco native and a long-time feature of the Bay Area Irish music scene. Thirty years ago, when Marla got bit by the Irish music bug, her late grandfather’s mandolin was the instrument that found its way into her hands, and soon after into her heart. It has been her primary instrument and stalwart partner ever since. Together they have developed their own personal way of delivering the jigs and reels with lift, drive and “nyah" – that indefinable quality at the essence of the music. She currently plays in the trio Three Mile Stone, which released its eponymous CD in March 2010 to enthusiastic response.

Jimmy Crowley and Marla Fibish Some of the best mandolin playing in Irish music
--Dennis Cahill
Marla is a wonder on the mandolin; rhythmic beyond imagination, clear as a bell tone, great invention, lovely ornaments at just the right times and places, and a sureness and ease that allows the listener to relax and be carried away.
--Kevin Carr, Folkworks

Jimmy and Marla are a compelling combination. Their sound evolves from their shared love for mandolin family instruments. They take delight in the playful dialogue between their instruments, filled with happy harmonies, frivolous fills and colorful counterpoint. Jimmy sings from his amazing song repertoire and Marla pulls out her favorite jigs, reels, and party pieces to deliver a variety of traditional music together on mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, mandocello and guitar.

Jimmy and Marla will be releasing a CD in early 2011. See the calendar for upcoming performances.

Audio Samples


Humours of Bandon


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