Meet The Artists - Marla Fibish

Marla Fibish

A San Francisco native, Marla has become one of the prominent voices of the mandolin in Irish music. She is a dynamic performer and a sought after teacher.  In addition to the mandolin, Marla plays mandola, tenor guitar, bouzouki, and button accordion. (She had the singular honor to be featured as Miss March in the 2011 Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar.) She also sings and writes music, and is known for her musical settings of works from a variety of poets. In addition to playing and writing music, Marla is a textile artist.

Marla's main musical endeavor is a collaboration with her husband, guitarist Bruce Victor, under the name Noctambule. Bruce and Marla released their debut CD together, Travel in the Shadows, in 2013, and followed it up in 2015 with The Waking.  Both recordings feature poetry that they have set to music and arranged for their bevy of strings, as well as original instrumentals - waltzes, a reel and an air.  In July of 2017, Noctambule released a new recording, A Sweetish Tune.  This album is largely traditional Irish Music, with some newer tunes written in the tradition, by Marla and by others, along with a few songs - a traditional Irish ballad, a new ballad, and a poem set to music by Marla and Bruce.

Marla's recent work includes her 2011 CD with the legendary Irish singer and bouzouki player Jimmy Crowley - The Morning Star.  This project features Irish music on an array of mandolin-family instruments.  Prior to that she released an album in 2010 with the San Francisco based trio Three Mile Stone, with fiddler Erin Shrader and guitar/tenor banjo player Richard Mandel.

Marla teaches privately, and in group classes, online with Peghead Nation, and has taught at many music camps, including The Swannanoa Gathering, Lark CampCalifornia Coast Music Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Portal Irish Music Week and O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat.