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The Morning Star

by Marla Fibish & Jimmy Crowley

Irish traditional music played on double-strung instruments - mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, mandocello and dordan. An all instrumental album presenting a compelling mix of tunes of all types, from the fiery to the sweet and sonorous. Masterful playing!
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1. The Humours of Bandon / A Fig for a Kiss / The Dusty Miller
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2. The Morning Star / Trip to Cullenstown / Good Morning to your Nightcap
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3. Eleanor Plunkett
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4. Farewell to Whisky / Jenny Lind / Parnell's March
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5. Jenny and the Weaver
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6. The Rocky Road to Dublin / Comb your Hair and Curl it / The New Mown Meadow
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7. Sliabh Geal gCua na Feile
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8. The Adelphian Waltz / The Gneeveguilla
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9. The Saucy Polka / Nelly
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10. The Dunedin Jig / Honeymoon Island
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mando-lovers rejoice!
Marla Fibish teamed up with Jimmy Crowley to create a unique and delightful recording of Irish music played only on double-strung instruments. Though the world knows Jimmy as a great singer, this is an all instrumental album featuring traditional tunes of all sorts, along with an original or two from each of them, played on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, bouzouki, and a big bass bouzouki called a dordán. The project was hatched over an evening of playing tunes together at Marla’s house on one of Jimmy's trips through the Bay Area back in 2009. It was recorded in three busy days in April 2010, and released in April 2011.

"Absolutely stunning...a thorough winner." - LiveIreland

"Great recording by two of the best; a must have CD for any mandolin or bouzouki player in Irish music." -- Dennis Cahill

"unique and delightful...a joyful romp" --Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog

"a must for all who are interested in the mandolin family of instruments, in Irish music in general, and in exquisite duet playing." --Folkworks

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. In addition to her collaboration with Jimmy, she plays in the trio Three Mile Stone, which released its eponymous CD in March 2010 to enthusiastic response. What folks say about Marla...

"Some of the best mandolin playing in Irish music.”

—Dennis Cahill, Guitarist

"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

"Marla’s amazing mandolin playing sets the bar for all others"

—Stuart Mason, Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog

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's collaboration with Marla is a departure from his usual and well known focus on traditional songs - his first all instrumental project.

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. Each pulls out favorite tunes from their extensive repertoire to deliver a variety of traditional music together on mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, mandocello and dordan.


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