Launch of Air Time in Liam O’Riain’s Ballina, Co Tipperary

IMG_4681On Saturday 7th June next from 9pm, Fiodhna will celebrate locally the launch of her debut CD, Air Time, in Liam O’ Riann’s Pub, Ballina, Co. Tipperary.

She will be accompanied by her father, Bobby Gardiner on accordion and melodeon, multi-instrumentalist, Caoimhin O Fearghail, husband, Padraig, accordionist, John Carroll and other local musicians.

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Air Time Launch in The Local, Dungarvan

On Saturday 7th December, Fíodhna’s debut album, ‘Air Time‘, was launched in The Local, Dungarvan, by Co. Waterford traditional singer Ann Mulqueen. Fíodhna performed two airs from her album, ‘An Raibh tú ar an gCarraig’ and ‘Grá mo Chroí’ and was accompanied by her husband, Pádraig on keyboard. Other musicians that played included Donnchadh Gough, Brendan Clancy, Kelley Gardiner and Stephen Tutty.

Here are photos from the event.

Here is a short video from the event.


Fiodhna and Inis Oirr Perform in Muscat, Oman

s_IMG_3574St. 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 Perform ‘Concert Style’ at the British Club, Abu Dhabi

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.Inis Oirr on Stage at The British Club-Abu Dhabi

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.

Fiodhna and Inis Oirr at the Irish Village, Dubai

gr_RH1603-65Inis 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

Fiodhna and Inis Oirr joined by Bobby Gardiner

s_fiodhna_and_family5As 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.

Fiodhna and Inis Oirr perform for Tourism Ireland

tourism_ireland_corporate_logoOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Inis Oirr provided the entertainment at a reception for the travel industry in Abu Dhabi, as part of Tourism Ireland’s second trade mission to the United Arab Emirates on 23rd February 2009.Tourism Ireland and four of their trade partners, the g hotel in Galway, Spa Ireland, the National Stud and Dublin Tourism,  offered workshops in the Hilton Hotel, Abu Dhabi that promoted Ireland as a travel destination for holiday makers from the UAE. At the reception that followed, Inis Oirr played a selections of jigs, reel, airs and songs. They finished the evening with a series of acoustic tunes played for a small and appreciative audience.

Supporting Bob Geldof in Dubai

Supporting Bob GeldofInis 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)
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