Radio Plays

Fíodhna’s airs can be heard on radio, including:

  • Irish Waves Radio Programme, WFCF Radio 88.5 FM, Florida, USA:  http://www.flagler.edu/flaglernet/
  • ‘Chemins de Terre’ programme on Radio-Rennes, Brittany, France (100.8, Rennes) and Radio Evasion (98.7 in “pays de Broceliande” and 95.2 in “pays de Mené”: www.cheminsdeterre.com
  • WDR, Cologne, DLF and Radio Duisburg, Germany
  • RTE Radio na Gaeltachta, Ireland: ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’ le Helen Ní Shé; ‘Togha agus Rogha’ le Mairtín Tom Sheáinín;Béal Maidine’ le Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha agus Áine Hensey.
  • ‘Lift the Latch’,Connemara Community Radio with Michael O’Neill and Helen King
  • Tipperary Midwest Radio with Donnchacha Ó Chinnéide
  • Clare FM with Eoin O’Neill

 

Irish Music Magazine Reviews ‘Air Time’

immFIODHNA GARDINER
Air Time
Own Label
11 Tracks, 42 Minutes
www.fiodhnagardiner.com
There’s been a rush of albums devoted to slow airs lately – maybe as many as three, which probably equals the number released in the thirty years between 1970 and 2000. So we’re not overloaded with them yet, and Air Time is a fine addition to this category. Fiodhna Gardiner is a low whistle specialist, and as the daughter of famed Clare accordionist Bobby Gardiner she’s able to enlist an impressive band to fill out this debut CD.

Recently returned to County Clare after many years as an emigrant in Abu Dhabi, Fiodhna has built upon her experience of playing Irish music in the United Arab Emirates to produce this collection of airs ancient and modern, Irish and Scottish, with some well known melodies and some new favourites. The traditional An Raibh Tú ag an gCarraig sets the scene, with accompaniment from Gary O’Bhrian and Seamie O’Dowd. Easter Snow, a favourite air for me, adds Bobby Gardiner on accordion in a beautifully slow interpretation. Whistle and accordion alternate, and then combine for a final duet. Amhrán na Leabhar is also from the heart of the Irish tradition, a tragic tale played with great feeling here.
There’s lovely tone from Fiodhna’s Colin Goldie whistles – in A and Bb instead of the usual low D. Fiodhna’s ornamentation is peculiar to the whistle, rather than pipes or flute: tonguing and glissando, simple doublings and subtle vibrato, giving a very modern folky sound. This is enhanced by the use of keyboard, string arrangements, and harpsichord on several tracks.

Additional touches come from Mairtín O’ Connor and Liam Kelly on accordion and flute. The Dervish connection is clearest in three vocal contributions by Cathy Jordan: The Mall of Lismore, The Banks of Sullane and the traditional An Buachaillín Donn with English lyrics. Other instrumental tracks include the great Scott Skinner air Hector the Hero, recorded by several Irish musicians previously, and three Gardiner family compositions. Fiodhna’s own tunes Grá Mo Chroí and The Boy from Aughdarra honour her husband and her father respectively, and both have the poignancy of many modern whistle airs. An Ghorta, written by Fiodhna’s mother Ann, is more lyrical or even pastoral, despite being a lament inspired by the famine years in Ireland. Air Time finishes on a more cheerful note, The Dreams of Old Pa Fogerty by Scottish Gael composer Ailean Nicholson, a delightfully wistful end to a charming CD.
There’s a lot more information on Fiodhna’s website, well worth a visit.
Alex Monaghan
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Irish Music Magazine Reviews ‘Air Time’

immFIODHNA GARDINER
Air Time
Own Label
11 Tracks, 42 Minutes
www.fiodhnagardiner.com
There’s been a rush of albums devoted to slow airs lately – maybe as many as three, which probably equals the number released in the thirty years between 1970 and 2000. So we’re not overloaded with them yet, and Air Time is a fine addition to this category. Fiodhna Gardiner is a low whistle specialist, and as the daughter of famed Clare accordionist Bobby Gardiner she’s able to enlist an impressive band to fill out this debut CD.

Recently returned to County Clare after many years as an emigrant in Abu Dhabi, Fiodhna has built upon her experience of playing Irish music in the United Arab Emirates to produce this collection of airs ancient and modern, Irish and Scottish, with some well known melodies and some new favourites. The traditional An Raibh Tú ag an gCarraig sets the scene, with accompaniment from Gary O’Bhrian and Seamie O’Dowd. Easter Snow, a favourite air for me, adds Bobby Gardiner on accordion in a beautifully slow interpretation. Whistle and accordion alternate, and then combine for a final duet. Amhrán na Leabhar is also from the heart of the Irish tradition, a tragic tale played with great feeling here.
There’s lovely tone from Fiodhna’s Colin Goldie whistles – in A and Bb instead of the usual low D. Fiodhna’s ornamentation is peculiar to the whistle, rather than pipes or flute: tonguing and glissando, simple doublings and subtle vibrato, giving a very modern folky sound. This is enhanced by the use of keyboard, string arrangements, and harpsichord on several tracks.

Additional touches come from Mairtín O’ Connor and Liam Kelly on accordion and flute. The Dervish connection is clearest in three vocal contributions by Cathy Jordan: The Mall of Lismore, The Banks of Sullane and the traditional An Buachaillín Donn with English lyrics. Other instrumental tracks include the great Scott Skinner air Hector the Hero, recorded by several Irish musicians previously, and three Gardiner family compositions. Fiodhna’s own tunes Grá Mo Chroí and The Boy from Aughdarra honour her husband and her father respectively, and both have the poignancy of many modern whistle airs. An Ghorta, written by Fiodhna’s mother Ann, is more lyrical or even pastoral, despite being a lament inspired by the famine years in Ireland. Air Time finishes on a more cheerful note, The Dreams of Old Pa Fogerty by Scottish Gael composer Ailean Nicholson, a delightfully wistful end to a charming CD.
There’s a lot more information on Fiodhna’s website, well worth a visit.
Alex Monaghan
________________________________________

Folkworld reviews ‘Air Time’

folkworldThomas Keller of ‘Folkworld’ (www.folkworld.eu) reviews Fíodhna’s CD ‘Air Time’.

The low whistle is the big baby of the traditional tin whistle/pennywhistle, distinguished by its larger size, lower pitch and a more breathy, flute-like sound. Bernard Overton is credited with manufacturing the first instrument in the early 1970s, which he made for Finbar Furey. Since Riverdance the low whistle is a respected instrument in its own right, often used for the playing of slow airs due to its enthralling and emotive sound. It has found a new trailblazer in Irish low whistle player Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland who has featured on numerous film, television and radio programmes; while living in the United Arab Emirates, Fíodhna played whistles with the group Inis Oirr (2004-2011). These days she lives in the vicinity of the twin towns Killaloe/Ballina (Co. Clare/Tipperary) and is part of the committee organizing the Kincora Traditional Music Weekend.
Her debut solo album is exclusively dedicated to Airs for the Low Whistle, both traditional Irish (“An raibh tu ar an gCarraig”, “Amhran na Leabhair”, “Easter Snow” played over the closing credits of the Irish movie “The Lord’s Burning Rain”) and (more or less) contemporary Scottish (fiddler James Scott Skinner’s “Hector the Hero”, bagpiper Ailean Nicholson’s “The Dreams of Old Pa Fogerty”) as well as newly composed airs. Fíodhna penned “Gra mo Chroi” for her husband and “The Boy from Aughdarra” for her father, the well-known acordionist Bobby Gardiner (b. 1939), who once played with the Kilfenora Céilí Band before building a musical career on his own terms. 
Fíodhna is playing her A/Bb whistles with much heart and soul. You want to lean back, close your eyes and expose yourself to the images forming in your head. Fíodhna is joined on “Air Time” by her father, and furthermore supported by the stellar cast of Seamie O’Dowd (guitar), Mairtín Ó Connor (button accordion), Garry Ó Bhriain (piano, harpsichord) and Liam Kelly (flute). A special treat is the employment of Dervish singer Cathy Jordan on three tracks, the traditional Irish “An Buachaillin Donn” (Little Brown-Haired Boy), Andy Irvine’s “The Mall of Lismore” and Sean Ó Riada’s “The Banks of Sullane”. Fíodhna and Cathy take turns, but also trail along in harmony. Simply great!

http://www.folkworld.eu/54/e/cds2.html#gard

 

 

Folkworld reviews Air Time

folkworldThomas Keller of ‘Folkworld’ (www.folkworld.eu) reviews Fíodhna’s CD ‘Air Time’.

The low whistle is the big baby of the traditional tin whistle/pennywhistle, distinguished by its larger size, lower pitch and a more breathy, flute-like sound. Bernard Overton is credited with manufacturing the first instrument in the early 1970s, which he made for Finbar Furey. Since Riverdance the low whistle is a respected instrument in its own right, often used for the playing of slow airs due to its enthralling and emotive sound. It has found a new trailblazer in Irish low whistle player Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland who has featured on numerous film, television and radio programmes; while living in the United Arab Emirates, Fíodhna played whistles with the group Inis Oirr (2004-2011). These days she lives in the vicinity of the twin towns Killaloe/Ballina (Co. Clare/Tipperary) and is part of the committee organizing the Kincora Traditional Music Weekend.
Her debut solo album is exclusively dedicated to Airs for the Low Whistle, both traditional Irish (“An raibh tu ar an gCarraig”, “Amhran na Leabhair”, “Easter Snow” played over the closing credits of the Irish movie “The Lord’s Burning Rain”) and (more or less) contemporary Scottish (fiddler James Scott Skinner’s “Hector the Hero”, bagpiper Ailean Nicholson’s “The Dreams of Old Pa Fogerty”) as well as newly composed airs. Fíodhna penned “Gra mo Chroi” for her husband and “The Boy from Aughdarra” for her father, the well-known acordionist Bobby Gardiner (b. 1939), who once played with the Kilfenora Céilí Band before building a musical career on his own terms. 
Fíodhna is playing her A/Bb whistles with much heart and soul. You want to lean back, close your eyes and expose yourself to the images forming in your head. Fíodhna is joined on “Air Time” by her father, and furthermore supported by the stellar cast of Seamie O’Dowd (guitar), Mairtín Ó Connor (button accordion), Garry Ó Bhriain (piano, harpsichord) and Liam Kelly (flute). A special treat is the employment of Dervish singer Cathy Jordan on three tracks, the traditional Irish “An Buachaillin Donn” (Little Brown-Haired Boy), Andy Irvine’s “The Mall of Lismore” and Sean Ó Riada’s “The Banks of Sullane”. Fíodhna and Cathy take turns, but also trail along in harmony. Simply great!

http://www.folkworld.eu/54/e/cds2.html#gard

 

 

Seoladh i gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál, Luimneach, 5ú Mí na Nollag

micTugtar cuireadh duit a bheith i láthair ar an Déardaoin 5 Mí na Nollag 2013 @ 1.10i.n. sa Seomra Caidrimh nuair a sheolfar dlúthdhiosca nua ó Fhíodhna Gardiner, den teideal

AIR TIME – Airs for the Low Whistle.

You are cordially invited to the launch of the new CD from Fíodhna Gardiner, entitled AIR TIME – Airs for the Low Whistlein An Seomra Caidrimh on Thursday 5 December @ 1.10pm.

Cuirfear sólaistí ar fáil/Refreshments will be provided

Fáilte roimh chách

Fíodhna’s Rendition of Traditional Air ‘Easter Snow’ makes it to the Big Screen

Maurice O’ Callaghan of ‘Destiny Films and Publishing’ enlists Fíodhna’s rendition of traditional air ‘Easter Snow’ as a sound track for the film ‘The Lord’s Burning Rain’, a story dealing with the horror and futility of war, featuring actors Jon Kenny and Jonathan Ryan. As part of the sound track, Fíodhna plays an A low whistle, commissioned by Colin Goldie and is joined by her father, Button Accordionist Bobby Gardiner and Seamie O’ Dowd on strings and guitar.

Co-arranged by Fíodhna and producer, Seamie O’ Dowd, “the air itself, ‘Easter Snow’ or ‘Sneachta na Cásca’ in Irish, is a reference to the blackthorn blossom which appears in the Springtime. The blackthorn is the opposite to hawthorn in that it bears its blossom before its leaves open, and the blossom time is usually quite close to Eastertide.”

“Fíodhna’s rendition of Easter Snow’ on low whistle, amplified by button accordion, strings and guitar provides the perfect closing coda to the film, The Lord’s Burning Rain”

(Maurice O’ Callaghan, Director of Destiny Films and Publishing).

Co-musicians on the film sound track  include John Lynch of the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ciarán Ó Gealbhain, Eilín Ní Bheaglaoich, Órna and Síona Loughnane and Jane Hughes.

The film premiers at the Cork Film Festival in the Cork Opera House on Sunday 10th November, 2013 at 2.00p.m. For the official trailer and synopsis of the ‘Lord’s Burning Rain’, watch the clip below:

The Lord’s Burning Rain – Official Trailer from Destiny Films & Publishing on Vimeo.

Thanks to Aodán Ó Dubhghaill, Head of RTÉ Lyric FM for the additional information on the origins of Easter Snow.

Maurice O’Callaghan of Destiny Films and Publishing reviews Fíodhna’s playing of ‘Easter Snow’

The Lords Burning Rain Poster

 

“As a fine traditional player and composer of airs, Fíodhna Gardiner brings a new, classical freshness to great traditional airs. Her version of ‘Easter Snow’ on low whistle, amplified by button accordion, strings and guitar provides the perfect closing coda to the film ‘The Lord’s Burning Rain’, about a teenage boy’s journey of discovery. The boy is given the task of riding a newly purchased horse home through the beautiful Sheha mountains of West Cork in 1960′s Ireland, and on his way he has many strange encounters, including a tryst with a Didoesque tinker woman, a broken down Protestant farmer who gives him poteen, causing him to hallucinate and imagine himself observing some major battle scenes from Ireland’s War of Independence in which his father took part. The final haunting strains of Fíodhna’s ‘Easter Snow’, playing over images of the boy’s long dead mother, strike a deep chord of human longing.”

 

Maurice O’Callaghan - Director, Destiny Films and Publishing

Family in Music

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFrom 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.The Gardiner Family recording for TG4 Se Mo Laoch Programme

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.

The Gardiner Family at Home

 

 

Traditional Music Concert in Mary Immaculate College – Ceolchoirm Tradisiúnta i gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál

seomra_caidrimh1Ar an gCéadaoin, 15 Feabhra,  bhailigh slua ollmhór le chéile chun taitneamh a bhaint as bua agus ealaín na gceoltóirí seo a leanas: Bobby Gardiner (Bosca Ceoil & mileoidean), Nóra Butler (Amhránaí), Eileen O’ Brien (Fidil) agus Eoghan O’ Sullivan (Giotár, An Fheadóg Mhór & An Bosca Ceoil). Do sheinn an Dr. Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland in éineacht leo chomh maith ar an fheadóg stain.

B’iad An Dr Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland (Oideolaíocht an Oideachais) agus Paul Collins (Roinn an Cheoil) a d’eagraigh an ócáid iontach seo. Bhain an slua an-taitneamh go deo as ceol agus amhránaíocht na gceoltóirí agus bhí atmaisféar thar a bheith speisialta le braith sa tSeomra Caidrimh an lá áirithe sin. Le h-aghaidh tuairisc iomlán  faoin Seomra Caidrimh in ‘Glaoch ón gColáiste’, téigh go dtí leathnach ‘Media’ anseo: http://www.fiodhnagardiner.com/media/seomra_caidrimh2

Fíodhna ar Radio na Gaeltachta – Clár ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’

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Sa Seomra Caidrimh i gColaiste Mhuire gan Smál, a rinne an Dr. Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland, léachtóir san Oideachas, cur síos an- shuimiúil dúinn ar an taisteal atá déanta aici sa Mheán Oirthear agus seisiúin ceoil tradisiúnta in Abu Dhabi. Is í Helen Ní Shea ó Radio na Gaeltachta a chur Fíodhna faoi agalamh. Do shein sí fonn mall ”An Raibh tú ar an gCarraig” ag an deireadh.fiodhna9

Le h-aghaidh tuairisc iomlán ar an seó ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’, i gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál, téigh go dtí ‘Glaoch ón gColáiste’: http://friends.mic.ie/page/GlaochOct11/. Le h-aghaidh clip Fíodhna, téigh go dtí leathnach ‘Media’ anseo: http://www.fiodhnagardiner.com/media/

Inis Oirr Perform ‘Concert Style’ at the British Club, Abu Dhabi

On Thursday 15th October, Inis Oirr played their first concert gig since the summer holidays, on a newly organised stage at The Club, Abu Dhabi for a large expatriate audience. A number of people commented on tunes, airs and songs played, the clarity of sound and nice atmosphere.Inis Oirr on Stage at The British Club-Abu Dhabi

Mick sang ‘The Devil and the Widow” which received a great reception from the people who were listening carefully to the words! Fiodhna, Marianne and Ged all played solos during the gig. Fiodhna played a slow version of ‘The Foggy Dew’ on low whistle, accompanied by Mick on guitar and Padraig on keyboard. Ged joined in the second time round with lovely harmony notes. Marianne played a Scottish selection on the fiddle and Ged played a selection of jigs on the banjo. This added a new dimension to Inis Oirr’s repertoire.

A big thanks to Steve and all in the club for making such improvements to the venue.

Inis Oirr Unplugged

Fiodhna and Ged - The British Club-Abu DhabiInis Oirr played their first ’session’ at The Club on April 15th 2010. Their usual concert-style performance was changed to a ‘session’ style, in line with the more traditional sessions found in bars and pubs around Ireland and Scotland. Sitting in the corner of the room, and with the help of a little amplification, their music filled the bar and was well received by an appreciative audience. A few members even took to the floor for a mini-set!

Padraig and Ged - The British Club-Abu DhabiThis new format to their gig will be continued for the next few gigs at The Club, which are scheduled for May 6th and June 3rd. Please come and enjoy the music and ‘craic’.

 

 

 

Fiodhna and Inis Oirr Perform at Bahrain Irish Festival

Inis Oirr Perform at Bahrain Irish FestivalOn November 20th, Inis Oirr will entertain  participants at the Gulf Gaelic Games being organised by the Bahrain Irish Society. The Gulf Gaelic Games in Bahrain is an annual event for Irish people and their friends based in the Arabian Peninsula, who play football and hurling in keenly contested competitions. The event is being hosted at the Bahrain Rugby Football Club where a crowd of 1500 people are expected. The band are on stage directly after the prize giving ceremony which is estimated to be around 7pm. This has the makings of a great night’s music.

Fiodhna and Inis Oirr Perform for Her Excellency, Mary Mc Aleese, Emirates Palace Hotel

fiodhna_inis_oirr1“…weren’t they absolutely first class, just stunning!”

The words that Her Excellency Mary Mc Aleese, The President of Ireland, used to describe Inis Oirr’s performance at the Emirates Palace Hotel,  Abu Dhabi. At the invitation of the Irish Ambassador, Mr Tom Russell, Inis Oirr opened the reception with two selections of jigs and reels and the beautiful slow air “Ar Eireann Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi” played by Fiodhna. Accompanied by her husband Dr Martin Mc Aleese and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin, the President met with the Irish Community and their friends who had gathered to welcome her to Abu Dhabi.

The President thanked all those who were involved in the organisation of the event and had some special words for Inis Oirr:

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Irish Music in Kuwait

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWhile living in Kuwait, from 1997-2004, Fíodhna and Padraig played Traditional Irish Music for Irish Society events, house sessions and private parties for Embassy personnel. In the photo below, Fiodhna’s sister, Lynda and friend, Seán Toner join them.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The First Year of Music in Dubai

The Dubliners DubaiFrom 1997-1998, Fíodhna, husband, Padraig and friend, Brian Gavin played regular sessions at the Dubliner’s Pub, Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai. With Fiodhna on whistles, Padraig on keyboard and multi-instrumentalist, Brian playing accordion, guitar and whistle, they thoroughly enjoyed these musical nights.

_Inis Oirr perform at the Emirates Golf Club

 

Other musical events that year included Dubai Irish society evenings; entertaining Irish professional golfers for the Dubai Desert Classic and concerts at the Dubai Country Club and Sailing Club.