From Ballyporeen, in South Tipperary, the Gardiner family – Bobby, Ann, Kelley, Fíodhna and Lynda play accordion, whistles, melodeon and concertina with mother, Ann on vocals. While Bobby is an established accordionist, known for his unique, energetic, rhythmic Clare style and use of the single-button triplet, each in their own way, the Gardiner girls are carrying on the Irish music tradition, playing melodeon, whistles and concertina. Lynda, now living in Bahrain plays concertina with husband and flautist, Tom Murphy and Kelley, living in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford plays melodeon with husband and guitar player, Stephen Tutty. Both Lynda and Kelley are secondary school music teachers and are involved in directing musicals and school concerts.
Over the years, the Gardiners have collaboratively played music for family parties, functions, special occasions, television and CD recordings. Beginning with an appearance on ‘The BiBi Baskin Show’ in the late 80’s to supporting the Black Velvet Band while touring in Switzerland, musical collaborations for the Gardiner family include performances such as the ‘1994 Fleadh Cheoil Programme Feature’ with Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin; the ‘Tipperary’s Hills for Me’ album by Fiodhna’s mother, Ann in 2005 and ‘The High Level’ album by Fíodhna’s father, Bobby in 2010. In 2013, the Gardiners performed on the ‘Sé mo laoch’ programme, Season 7, Episode 4, featuring Bobby and most recently, Fiodhna, Padraig, Kelley and brother-in-law, Stephen Tutty played music on board the ‘Spirit of Killaloe’ boat, as part of the inaugural Kincora Traditional Weekend, Ballina, Co. Tipperary.