Family in Music

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFrom Ballyporeen, in South Tipperary, the Gardiner family – Bobby, Ann, Kelley, Fíodhna and Lynda play accordion, whistles, melodeon and concertina with mother, Ann on vocals. While Bobby is an established accordionist, known for his unique, energetic, rhythmic Clare style and use of the single-button triplet, each in their own way, the Gardiner girls are carrying on the Irish music tradition, playing melodeon, whistles and concertina. Lynda, now living in Bahrain plays concertina with husband and flautist, Tom Murphy and Kelley, living in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford plays melodeon with husband and guitar player, Stephen Tutty. Both Lynda and Kelley are secondary school music teachers and are involved in directing musicals and school concerts.The Gardiner Family recording for TG4 Se Mo Laoch Programme

Over the years, the Gardiners have collaboratively played music for family parties, functions, special occasions, television and CD recordings. Beginning with an appearance on ‘The BiBi Baskin Show’ in the late 80’s to supporting the Black Velvet Band while touring in Switzerland, musical collaborations for the Gardiner family include performances such as the ‘1994 Fleadh Cheoil Programme Feature’ with Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin;  the ‘Tipperary’s Hills for Me’ album by Fiodhna’s mother, Ann in 2005 and ‘The High Level’ album by Fíodhna’s father, Bobby in 2010. In 2013, the Gardiners performed on the ‘Sé mo laoch’ programme, Season 7, Episode 4, featuring Bobby and most recently, Fiodhna, Padraig, Kelley and brother-in-law, Stephen Tutty played music on board the ‘Spirit of Killaloe’ boat, as part of the inaugural Kincora Traditional Weekend, Ballina, Co. Tipperary.

The Gardiner Family at Home



Fiodhna performs on Ceili House

Snapshot 8 (3-2-2013 12-12 PM)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.

Se mo Laoch featuring Bobby Gardiner

Snapshot 1Sé 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:

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Ceol, Craic ‘s Comhluadar sa Seomra Caidrimh

Glaoch On gColaiste Newsletter Mary Immaculate College Alumni Feb 11Mar 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.

caidreamh1Tá 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.

caidrimh2B’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


Inis Oirr Unplugged

Fiodhna and Ged - The British Club-Abu DhabiInis Oirr played their first ’session’ at The Club on April 15th 2010. Their usual concert-style performance was changed to a ‘session’ style, in line with the more traditional sessions found in bars and pubs around Ireland and Scotland. Sitting in the corner of the room, and with the help of a little amplification, their music filled the bar and was well received by an appreciative audience. A few members even took to the floor for a mini-set!

Padraig and Ged - The British Club-Abu DhabiThis new format to their gig will be continued for the next few gigs at The Club, which are scheduled for May 6th and June 3rd. Please come and enjoy the music and ‘craic’.




Fiodhna and Inis Oirr Perform at Gulf Gaelic Games

articleFiodhna 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.

The First Year of Music in Dubai

The Dubliners DubaiFrom 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.

_Inis Oirr perform at the Emirates Golf Club


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.