Fiodhna, husband, Padraig, sister, Kelley, brother-in-law, Stephen and friend, Michael Scanlon play a session with a difference – while crusing down the river Shannon from Ballina Quay, they played a variety of tunes on whistles, melodeon, guitar and keyboard. As part of the Kincora Traditional Weekend, held in Ballina/Killaloe, the Rolling Waves session was an afternoon session on board the ‘Spirit of Killaloe’ river cruises with James Whelan. With a full boat, they took sail down the river Shannon and after a while, some members of the audience sang and played music.
Fiodhna delivered master classes on tin whistle to both local and visiting players. With the class lasting for two and a half hours, students learned a few new tunes, techniques and theory. With other master classes on fiddle, accordion, song and flute, students performed in a finale concert. See this link for more details.
In preparation for the Kincora Tradidional Weekend from 19-21st April 2013, Fiodhna joins her father Bobby Gardiner and the house band to play a number of selections. Additionally, she speaks to Ciaran Hanrahan about her time in the Middle East, where she played with an Irish traditional group called Inis Oirr. She finishes up by playing a Scottish air which she learned from Marianne Campbell in Abu Dhabi, entitled ‘The Dreams of Old Pa Fogerty’. Fiodhna is accompanied on keyboard by her husband, Padraig.
Ceili House from the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina, Co Tipperary, will be broadcast on April 6th 2013.
On Friday 1st March, an edition of RTE Radio’s ‘Ceili House’ will be recorded to promote the inaugural Kincora Traditional Weekend. The line up of musicians include Martin Connolly, Fiodhna Gardiner, Eileen O’Brien, Bobby Gardiner, Leon Agnew, Deirdre Scanlan, Paul Smyth & others. Event venue: Lakeside Hotel, Ballina at 8.30pm.
Fíodhna regularly joins flute player, Paul Smyth, husband and guitar player, Pádraig Hyland, bodhrán player, Michael Hackett, accordion player, Caitríona Short, flute player, Leon Agnew, singer and fiddle player, Deirdre Scannlon and others in Liam Ó Riain’s, Ballina/Killaloe on a Tuesday night. Organized by Paul Smyth, this session is a great night of craic ‘s ceoil.