Bobby Gardiner's (Number One)


Master accordionist Bobby Gardiner from Clare composed this reel. I first heard it on an LP he recorded in Ireland, produced by his fellow accordionist Dermot O'Brien: exciting and wonderful music. When I asked Bobby if he would perform it again, for this collection, he told me that he had no recollection of the tune but I certainly could put the tune in the book. I convinced him to play it for me, but for that to happen, I had to send him a copy of the tune so that he could re-learn it. On a visit to Boston College, Bobby did record it and I greatly enjoyed that session. Barbara MacDonald Magone was with us that day and she – with her stories and laughs – made it a memorable occasion.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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Gardiner, Bobby (accordion) (composer) and Magone, Barbara MacDonald (piano), “Bobby Gardiner's (Number One),” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 16, 2024,