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