As part of ‘Nollaig na mBan’ celebrations on the 5th January, Fiodhna, along with traditional singer, Noirin Ni Riainn, who is based at Glenstal Abbey, performed for a large audience in the ‘Captain’s Room’ of the Hunt Museum, Limerick. Fiodhna began and ended the evening with a traditional air from her CD ‘Air Time’, while Noirin led the room into a number of round chants, along with vocal harmonies.
On Saturday 14th December, Fiodhna’s debut album, ‘Air Time’, was launched at The Village Arts’ Centre, Kilworth by Roy Galvin. Fiodhna was joined in concert by Eileen O’Brien on fiddle, Jack Talty on concertina and piano and her father Bobby Gardiner on accordion and melodeon. Fiodhna played 3 airs that feature on her album and was accompanied on keyboard by her husband, Padraig.
Here are some photos from the event.
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
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.
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.
On St Patrick’s Day, 17th March, the Irish Embassy was officially opened in Abu Dhabi. The event was hosted by H.E. Ambassador Ciaran Madden, Irish Ambassador to the UAE and was attended by H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the UAE’s Minister for foreign Trade, Paul Gallagher, Ireland’s Attorney General and other distinguished ambassadors and guests.
The event opened with a welcome from H.E. Ambassador Ciaran Madden who then invited Paul Gallagher to address the invited guests. He spoke of the close ties Ireland had with the UAE and hoped that these would be further developed with the opening of embassies in Dublin and Abu Dhabi.
The formalities were concluded with a cake being cut by H.E. Ambassador Ciaran Madden, H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi and Paul Gallagher.
Inis Oirr then took to the stage to entertain the guests at the reception held in the Aloft hotel. The outdoor venue was filled with Inis Oirr’s toe-tapping jigs and reels, moving airs and traditional songs.
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
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.”
By popular demand, Fíodhna and Inis Oirr performed regular concerts at the Delma Café, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi from 2004-2006. The Cultural Foundation comprises the National Archives, the National Library and the Institute of Culture and Art, which operates under the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage.
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.