Whistles and low whistles
It’s a long way to Abu Dhabi from Tipperary! Born into the well-known musical family with legendary father, accordionist Bobby Gardiner, Fiodhna has a strong ethos of loyalty to the vibrant Clare style of traditional Irish music, within which she was immersed.
Influenced by her father’s unique energetic, rhythmic style of playing, Fiodhna went onto win an All Ireland Group Slogadh Medal in 1993. She has featured on Irish music television and radio programmes in Ireland and abroad, most notably the ‘All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Programme’ with Micheal O Suilleabhain, American television documentary, entitled ‘Fathers and Daughters’ and Irish Radio na Gaeltachta. She has also featured on a family C.D. entitled ‘Tipperary’s Hills for Me’.
Having travelled extensively throughout the world, performing at festivals and concert halls in Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand and Kuwait, Fiodhna is no stranger to playing in sessions with the best of them including father, Bobby; sisters Kelley and Lynda; Danu’s Donnchadh Gough, Benny McCarthy and Donal Clancy; Flook’s Brian Finnegan; Solas’s Deirdre Scanlan; Eoghan O Suilleabhan; the late Micho Russell; and supported the acclaimed Black Velvet Band while touring in Switzerland with her family. Indeed, her choice of tunes reflect her musical interests and she has developed her own subtle, melodic style of slow air playing.