On Wednesday 15th January, 2014, Fiodhna’s new album ‘Air Time’ was featured on Lift the Latch, a traditional Irish Music programme presented by Michael O’Neill and Helen King on Connemara Community Radio.
Fiodhna gave an overview of the background of producing the CD, choosing airs for inclusion and selecting accompanying musicians to create the sound she imagined. She spoke about how her upbringing instilled a love of traditional music and how her time in the Middle East influenced her own playing.
Michael and Helen played two of her airs on the programme, Easter Snow with her father Bobby Gardiner and The Banks of Sullane with Cathy Jordan and Seamie O’Dowd.
Click on the audio player below to hear the airs and Fiodhna’s interview.
“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.”
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Sé mo Laoch’ programme Season 7, Episode 4, featured Fíodhna’s father, accordionist Bobby Gardiner from Co. Clare. Fíodhna along with Mother, Ann and sisters, Kelley and Lynda spoke about Bobby’s life as a traditional Irish musician and teacher. Fíodhna joined her Dad and sisters playing a selection of jigs in the video clip below:
Mar is eol daoibh osclaíodh An Seomra Caidrimh, áis nua do phobal an Choláiste (lucht labhartha na Gaeilge ach go háirithe) go hoifigiúil an téarma seo caite agus tá ag éirí go hiontach leis an seomra ó shin i leith. Tá An Seomra Caidrimh (L112) lonnaithe i bhfoirgneamh na leabharlainne, suíomh lárnach ar champas an Choláiste.
Tá an Seomra Caidrimh in úsáid mar Ionad Cruinnithe, mar Ionad Ceoil agus Rince, mar Ionad Seolta Leabhar agus mar Sheomra Ranga ach thar aon rud eile feidhmíonn sé mar áit inar féidir le baill uile an choláiste (mic léinn agus baill foirne) teacht le chéile in atmaisféar chairdiúil, neamhfhoirmeáilte chun an Ghaeilge a labhairt agus chun taitneamh a bhaint as comhluadar a chéile. Chun an misean seo a bhaint amach chinneamar sraith de choirmeacha ceol a chur ar siúl sa tSeomra ag am lóin. Cuireadh tús iontach leis an sraith seo ar an gCéadaoin, 15 Feabhra nuair a 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. Fiodhna Gardiner-Hyland in éineacht leo chomh maith.
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. Beidh seisiún ceoil, ‘Caidreamh na Céadaoine’ ar siúl sa tSeomra Caidrimh gach Céadaoin ag 1.10pm, bígí linn!! Tuilleadh eolais le fáil ó firstname.lastname@example.org
Agalamh idir Fíodhna Ní Ghairnéir agus Helen Ni She faoi Taithi and Ceol Thar Lear. Chaith Fíodhna ceithre bliana déag sa Mhean Oirthear, idir Dubai, Kuwait agus Abu Dhabi lena fhear chéile Pádraig. Tugann sí tuairsc beag faoina am ansin – ag cur síos ar na deiseanna iontach éigsúla a fuair sí, an cultúir éagsúlacht sna Emirates, tréimhse ghearr ag léichtóireacht i Saudi Arabia agus seisiúin ceoil tradisiúnta in Abu Dhabi. Anois tá sí ar air I gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál, Luimneach ag léichtóireacht san oideachais.
Seo clip don seó ar clár TG4, i gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál.
Here is a book chapter that Fiodhna wrote on the effects of music when learning to read in a second language
Fiodhna and Inis Oirr entertained the crowds in Bahrain on November 20th 2009 at the Gulf Gaelic Games. The tournament that was attended by mens’ and ladies’ teams from across the gulf was held that the Bahrain Rugby Football club grounds. During the day the teams played each other to establish the mens and ladies champions in various divisions. The spectators were entertained with top quality football from the talented players representing their clubs. Just after the presentations of prizes, Inis Oirr took to the stage and played a variety of tunes, songs and airs. The audience were very appreciative and still had energy to tap their feet and clap their hands, even at the end of a long day at the event.
Inis Oirr then made their way to the bar where a session started. Tunes and songs were played long into the night. It was a very enjoyable end to a weekend of music in Bahrain.
On Saturday September 19th last, Inis Oirr were featured on ‘The Dear Green Place’, an Irish and Celtic music radio show hosted by Cindy Funk. The show, broadcast by WYSO in Ohio, U.S.A., features a mixture of live and recorded Irish and Celtic music.
“I heard about you from a friend of mine”, Cindy said, “and plan to play some of your music on my radio show tomorrow, spotlighting your unusual location. It proves that Celtic music is EVERYWHERE!”
Apparently, Cindy found out about the band from a mutual friend and featured their music when doing a story about Celtic music around the world. Other bands were featured from Switzerland, Spain and Poland but the United Arab Emirates got her vote for the most unusual location for Irish Music.
Two of Inis Oirr’s selections were featured – a song called Bridget Donoghue and a set of reels called The Green Mountain Set.
Here is a recording of the radio show featuring Inis Oirr.
Inis Oirr were featured in ‘m’, the Saturday magazine published as part of Abu Dhabi’s National newspaper. On a back page article, entitled ’My… Band’, Inis Oirr chatted about a variety of topics related to Irish music, including the band’s name, how the group was formed, the band members and their instruments, regular and upcoming gigs and what it means to be part of the group.
Download the article here.
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)
Photo from left: Ged Palmer, Marianne Campbell, Pádraig Hyland, Her Excellency Mary McAleese, Dr. Martin McAleese, Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland, Mick Giblin, St. John Kelliher, Micheal Martin.
At the invitation of the Irish Ambassador, Mr Tom Russell, Inis Oirr opened the presidential reception at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi with two selections of jigs and reels and the traditional slow air played by Fíodhna “Ar Eireann Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi”. Accompanied by her husband, Dr. Martin Mc Aleese and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mícheal Martin, the President met with the Irish Community and their friends who had gathered to welcome her to Abu Dhabi. Her Excellency thanked all those who were involved in the organisation of the event and had some special words to describe Inis Oirr’s performance : “Our music travels so lightly and so easily and it’s wonderful, isn’t it, to be in the company of the great music that we had from Inis Oirr – weren’t they absolutely first class, just stunning.”
This year, the Irish and Scottish Societies joined forces and there were some lovely displays of dancing from both tribes.
Dubai Eye Radio 103.8 FM invited Adu Dhabi’s traditional music group Inis Oirr to perform live on their Saturday afternoon Music and Cultural program. The show comprised of tunes and interviews with the different band members. There were requests for tunes from listeners and information about upcoming gigs was also given.
Inis Oirr band members spoke about their different instruments. Here is the clip.
As part of the Moravian Junior Choir Festival, staged at the Cape Town City Hall, Fiodhna was invited by Choir Master, Reginald Hans to perform as a guest artist. She played a few traditional slow airs for the Junior Choir members and their parents who were in attendance.
As part of the Millennium celebrations in Pattaya, Thailand, Fíodhna, Pádraig and Declan Casey played a number of gigs in the Irish bar. With enthusiastic crowds, the music continued into the early hours.