San Francisco folk duo Noctambule are delighted to make their return appearance at Iúr Cinn Fleadh. They will be launching their latest recording Every Migrant Is My Fellow, hailed by Irish Music magazine as ‘one of the finest acoustically recorded albums of 2021’.
Fresh from playing to packed venues at Fiddler’s Green International Festival in July, Bruce Victor and Marla Fibish are no strangers to this region. They have performed across this island, including – previous Iúr Cinn Fleadhs, Newry’s Culture Night, Dundalk’s Spirit Store, the Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend, Cootehill, and The Masters Of Tradition in Bantry.
The couple’s past Fleadh gigs have taken place in a wide variety of venues – from a tug boat to a car park! During the pandemic years, they hit the headlines with Serenade In Place, a rolling programme of online concerts via Facebook Live – delivered from their own front room back home.
Noctambule play traditional and original music in a variety of forms – Irish trad, their own tunes in traditional forms, and inspiring musical settings of a broad array of poetry. Their work is rendered with sensitivity and humour on an unusual array of strings – different guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, cittern, tenor guitar – and their blended voices.
Marla is a prominent champion of the mandolin in Irish music, bringing her singular voice to the tradition. Bruce is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist, bringing a spirit of experimentation to the guitar. Both composers, they take the name Noctambule – French for ‘night-owl’ – from a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the back alleys of Paris.
In performance, Bruce and Marla take you on a journey. Their love of traditional music shines through, as they wrap you in finely crafted songs, bringing poetry to life with music and voices.
Don’t miss Bruce and Marla’s gig at Nan Rice’s on Sunday 28 August– it will be a treat! They are taking part in other Fleadh activities, too, so keep an eye on the Event Guide.