Bobby Gardiner's (Number Two)


The art form of lilting is demonstrated here by Bobby Gardiner. My grandmother Elizabeth Collins (née Rochford), herself a very good lilter, told me that 'jiggers', as she called them, were commonly called upon whenever musicians were not available to play for dancers. Button accordionist Bobby Gardiner both lilts and plays with 'The Clare Swing'. Listen to him on these tracks lilting, then playing his very own tune. Barbara MacDonald Magone joins in on the piano.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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Gardiner, Bobby (lilting, accordion) (composer) and Magone, Barbara MacDonald (piano), “Bobby Gardiner's (Number Two),” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 23, 2024,