Terence O'Flaherty


Terence O'Flaherty

Concert in Association with Irish Elderly Advice Network

Bobby and Lynda Gardiner / Terence O’Flaherty / Comhaltas in Britain

London Irish Centre

Mon 31st Oct 2016


£10 / £5 conc.

IMDL ticket booth here: https://www.musicglue.com/irish-music-and-dance-in-london-imdl/

Bobby and Lynda Gardiner

We are delighted to welcome two members of another of Ireland’s famous musical families, the Gardiners of Tipperary. Bobby Gardiner, from Aughdarra, Co. Clare, began playing accordion at the age of 8. By the age of 15, he was sufficiently accomplished to be invited to join the prestigious Tulla Céilí Band. Three years later, he joined Malachy Sweeney’s Céilí Band from Armagh and traveled throughout Ireland with them.

He emigrated to the USA in 1960, where he played and recorded with many famous émigré musicians, including Paddy Killoran, Joe Cooley and Ed Reavey, Sean McGlynn and Andy McGann. His solo album, Memories of Clare, was one of the first by an Irish button accordion player.

Bobby has released a number of classic albums, most notably, The Master’s Choice and The Clare Shout. He teaches throughout Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick and has been a tutor at University College, Cork, for 25 years. In 2015, Bobby was honoured by Gaelic television company TG4, which presented him with its lifetime achievement award.

He and his wife Ann, a singer and pianist from Tipperary, settled in Ballyporeen, South Tipperary. Their three daughters, Kelley, Fiodhna and Lynda, are all accomplished musicians. Bobby appears today with Lynda, a concertina player of note and previous All Ireland title winner.


Terence O’Flaherty, from Ennistymon, Co. Clare, is from a family of singers. He learned his earliest songs from local musicians and travelling storytellers and singers. In the early 1970s, he emigrated to London and joined the thriving Irish music scene in the capital as part of the popular band Crusheen, with Kevin Shanahan, Chris Hayes and Joe Searson. He has performed with musicians from many different backgrounds, including classical, jazz and funk and has performed widely in the UK, Europe and the USA. His debut album, Crosscurrents, has been very well reviewed.


Comhaltas in Britain

Featuring many of the finest Comhaltas musicians based in London, the performers come from across the generations and include winners of several All-Ireland titles. Following the success of its nationwide tour in 2015, Comhltas UK is on the road again. For further information about the work of Comhaltas, please contact its development worker for London, John Devine – info@johndevinemusic.com.