Influenced by her father, accordionist Bobby Gardiner, Fíodhna was drawn to the tin whistle and later, low whistle, having listened to players such as Joannie Madden and Davy Spillane. She has featured on film, television and radio programmes in Ireland and abroad e.g. a sound track for the film ‘The Lord’s Burning Rain’ with Destiny Films and Publishing; Dubai Eye Radio and Celtic Music WYSO FM, Ohio; TG4 News, RTÉ Radio 1 and Raidió na Gaeltachta. She has co-featured on two family CDs entitled ‘The High Level’ and ‘Tipperary’s Hills for Me’.
While living in the United Arab Emirates, Fíodhna played whistles with the UAE’s Irish Traditional Group, Inis Oirr (2004-2011), providing entertainment in a variety of venues across the Middle East – from Embassy, Society and Tourism Ireland events to international golf tournaments, private clubs and five star hotels.
While placing the ‘Slow Air’ at the heart of the traditional repertoire, Fíodhna’s choice of tunes reflects her musical interests and her album entitled ‘Air Time’ includes traditional Irish, Scottish and newly composed airs, featuring guest musicians – Bobby Gardiner, Seamie O’Dowd, Cathy Jordan, Garry Ó Bhriain, Mairtin O’ Connor and Liam Kelly.
As a an Education Methodology Lecturer in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Fíodhna works with Degree and Postgraduate students and takes part in traditional music events in the college’s Seomra Caidreamh. Previous to this, she worked as an education lecturer/consultant with The World Learning Organization, Oxford University Press, universities and ministries of education in the Middle East. Her academic interests have crossed into music and one of her published research topics focus on integrating a musical approach into early reading.
Having moved from Abu Dhabi to Limerick in 2011, Fíodhna now lives in Killaloe/Ballina, Co. Clare with her husband, Pádraig and son, Ruán. She is currently part of a local committee which organizes the Kincora Traditional Music Weekend, Ballina/Killaloe.