St. Patrick’s Day celebrations kicked off early in Oman with Fiodhna and Inis Oirr playing music outdoors at the pool area of the Hyatt hotel. A temporary stage had been erected next to the main pool and as guests ate their brunch, Inis Oirr meddled in reels, jigs and airs which seemed to please the audience. After a while, a group of locally trained Irish dancers took to the stage. Apart from receiving a free tan, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees Celsius, it was an extremely enjoyable gig.
Inis 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!
On 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.
Inis Oirr played at the St Patrick’s Festival of Music at the Irish Village, Dubai from March 14th-17th. They entertained the large crowds with their jigs, reels and songs. The festival started with a sell out concert by Sir Bob Geldof and culminated with large crowds attending the live music on St Patrick’s Day, the 17th of March.
This was Inis Oirr’s biggest gig to date and their music went down very well with the large and appreciative crowd. Dave Cattanach, the manager of the Irish Village, was thrilled with Inis Oirr’s music. ‘We’d love to have you back next year!’, he said after the last set of the night. A great end to a great week.
Here is a short video of the performance.The tune is Jenny Pickin’ Cockles
As a fitting end to a week of music for St. Patrick’s celebrations in the UAE, Bobby Gardiner, the renound button accordionist from Co Clare, joined Inis Oirr for two gigs in Abu Dhabi. His daughter, Fiodhna who plays the tin whistle in the band, was delighted to share the stage with her father. “This has become an annual gig that I really enjoy,” says Bobby, “and I really like Inis Oirr’s arrangements and variety of instruments.” Bobby has travelled the world over the past 40 years as a professional musician, playing traditional music from the Catskill Mountains in New York State, to the Great Wall of China. He has several recordings made over the years, including the popular ‘Memories of Clare’ album and The Master’s Choice. He can be found playing at the Bru BoruCultural Centre in Cashel, Co Tipperary during the summer months. Check out this page on Wikipedia for more information about Bobby. For some videos of his music, check out this link to YouTube.
Inis Oirr have been booked to play in the Irish Village, Dubai for 4 nights in mid-March, 2009. The band will be part of the Village’s 5 Days of St. Patrick’s Day festivities at The Irish Village.
This Year’s St. Patrick’s Day is part of a five days extravaganza.
The week starts off with the return of one of Ireland’s favorite sons – Sir Bob Geldof, who will perform live on Friday 13th March.
…the festivities go on with Traditional Irish Music from Inis Oirr and Traditional Dancing.”
(Excerpt from the Irish Village Website)
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:
Fiodhna and husband, Padraig perform a private gig on the beach of Five Star Mina A’ Salam, Madinet Jumeriah Hotel, Dubai. United Arab Emirates for Irish business delegates. While evening temperatures rose to about 44 degrees, there was a lovely light breeze blowing across the water onto the dance floor.
From 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.
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.