Radio Plays

Fíodhna’s airs can be heard on radio, including:

  • Irish Waves Radio Programme, WFCF Radio 88.5 FM, Florida, USA:
  • ‘Chemins de Terre’ programme on Radio-Rennes, Brittany, France (100.8, Rennes) and Radio Evasion (98.7 in “pays de Broceliande” and 95.2 in “pays de Mené”:
  • WDR, Cologne, DLF and Radio Duisburg, Germany
  • RTE Radio na Gaeltachta, Ireland: ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’ le Helen Ní Shé; ‘Togha agus Rogha’ le Mairtín Tom Sheáinín;Béal Maidine’ le Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha agus Áine Hensey.
  • ‘Lift the Latch’,Connemara Community Radio with Michael O’Neill and Helen King
  • Tipperary Midwest Radio with Donnchacha Ó Chinnéide
  • Clare FM with Eoin O’Neill


Air Time Review – Joanie Madden

joanie“Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland is the daughter of legendary accordion player Bobby Gardiner, and as they say – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This album is a beautiful collection of slow airs and songs played with great heart and feeling, featuring Fíodhna on the whistle with a backdrop of luscious arrangements provided by some of Irelands leading musicians, including Seamie O’Dowd, Martin O’Connor, Bobby Gardiner, Gary Ó Bhroinn, Liam Kelly and Cathy Jordan featured on three songs. I certainly enjoyed listening to this album and know you will too.”
(Joanie Madden, Cherish The Ladies)

Air Time Review – Aodan O’Dubhghaill

When Fíodhna sent me a review copy of her new “Air Time” album in March 2013, I was delighted to be asked to write a review for her. Only a few short weeks earlier, I heard Fíodhna play a beautiful arrangement of “An Raibh tú ag an gCarraig” at a session run by Paul Smyth in Liam Ó Riains, Ballina/Killaloe, Co. Tipperary.
From the first notes of “An Raibh tú…” this album had me engrossed. Because all the airs are played on low whistles, they move seamlessly in and out of one another. You would imagine that a brave undertaking like this – to play only airs for 40 minutes plus – would lead to fatigue. But I can guarantee the listener that this is not the case, as each air has been arranged and accompanied with such care and attention to detail, that even on repeated listening, the music is given different interpretations as to hold the attention.
There are surprises too. Cathy Jordan’s singing on three of the tracks caught me by surprise. On “An Buachaillín Donn” she is introduced by the whistle but then, after she sings a verse the whistle takes the melody again to the harmonies of voice. Likewise, Martín Ó Connor’s use of the box on “Amhrán na Leabhar” is most interesting and enhancing to Fíodhna’s playing. Seamie O’Dowd’s laid back fingered guitar, strings and keyboard enhance the newly composed air “The Boy from Aughdarra” which flows into Fíodhna’s mother’s composition “An Ghorta” which evokes visions of recent famine in Africa as well as events in our own country in the 1840’s.
Cathy’s harmonies with guitar, accompany the whistle again on the opening of the well know song “The Banks of Sullane” and by the end of the song the whistle and voice are in perfect unison together.
“Hector the Hero” is an air I first heard the great Scottish fiddler Aly Bain play many years ago and it was written by another great fiddler Scott Skinner for his friend, Sir Hector Macdonald who committed suicide as a result of unsavoury rumours and illness. How apt that it should be included here when we hear about so much of such tragedies happening, particularly among the young, in the Ireland of today.
“The Dreams of old Pa Fogerty” is the other Scottish air on the album and again with Mairtín’s drone-like box playing and fills, finishes the music off nicely with Gary Ó Bhroinn’s piano.
aodanOne track I hadn’t mentioned earlier ‘’Easter Snow’’ is an air I first heard played by the legendary Séamus Ennis (piper and collector) and one that he also named his final home in Naul, Co. Dublin after. There are many different descriptions of where the air originates but perhaps my favourite is that Easter Snow is a reference to the blackthorn blossom which appears in the Springtime; 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 is joined here by her father, the well-known Button Accordion player Bobby Gardiner for a beautiful rendition of the tune. So, on this album which is firmly based in the tradition, we hear her mother’s and father’s influences. As the old sean-fhocal goes: briseann an dúchas trí shúile an chait (heritage breaks out through the eyes of the cat).
(Aodan O’Dubhghaill, Head of Lyric FM)

Agalamh ar ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’ le Helen Ní Shé

saolAgalamh idir Fíodhna Ní Ghairnéir agus Helen Ni Shé faoi dlúthdhiosca nua, den teideal AIR TIME – Airs for the Low , á sheoladh sa Seomra Caidrimh i gColáiste Mhuire Gan Smál, Luimneach ar an 5ú Mí na Nollag.

Cliceáil anseo chun éisteacht le h-agallamh a dhein Fiodhna ar an gclár An Saol ó Dheas ar 02/12/13 ar Raidió na Gaeltachta.

Seoladh i gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál, Luimneach, 5ú Mí na Nollag

micTugtar cuireadh duit a bheith i láthair ar an Déardaoin 5 Mí na Nollag 2013 @ 1.10i.n. sa Seomra Caidrimh nuair a sheolfar dlúthdhiosca nua ó Fhíodhna Gardiner, den teideal

AIR TIME – Airs for the Low Whistle.

You are cordially invited to the launch of the new CD from Fíodhna Gardiner, entitled AIR TIME – Airs for the Low Whistlein An Seomra Caidrimh on Thursday 5 December @ 1.10pm.

Cuirfear sólaistí ar fáil/Refreshments will be provided

Fáilte roimh chách

Air Time Review – Peter Browne

peter“It is a pleasure to hear this ample collection of slow airs, so well arranged and played and with such variety of sound. The slow air has a great capacity for musical expression and Fíodhna and her fellow musicians and family are to be congratulated on giving fresh life to these old and beautiful airs”.
(Peter Browne, Producer, RTÉ Radio 1, Ceilí House Programme)

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



Fíodhna ar Radio na Gaeltachta – Clár ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’


Sa Seomra Caidrimh i gColaiste Mhuire gan Smál, a rinne an Dr. Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland, léachtóir san Oideachas, cur síos an- shuimiúil dúinn ar an taisteal atá déanta aici sa Mheán Oirthear agus seisiúin ceoil tradisiúnta in Abu Dhabi. Is í Helen Ní Shea ó Radio na Gaeltachta a chur Fíodhna faoi agalamh. Do shein sí fonn mall ”An Raibh tú ar an gCarraig” ag an deireadh.fiodhna9

Le h-aghaidh tuairisc iomlán ar an seó ‘An Saol Ó Dheas’, i gColáiste Mhuire gan Smál, téigh go dtí ‘Glaoch ón gColáiste’: Le h-aghaidh clip Fíodhna, téigh go dtí leathnach ‘Media’ anseo: