John Joe Gardiner (1892–1979) was an influential Irish flute & fiddle player from Corhubber, Ballymote in Co. Sligo. From a musical family, his father Séamus was a fiddler and bandmaster, and his mother Ellen was a dancer. His sister Kathleen Harrington (née Gardiner) was an influential fiddle player & their home was a popular céilí house.

john joe gardiner & kathleen harrington
John Joe Gardiner & Kathleen Harrington

Gardiner learned from local musicians and traveling players in Ballymote and was a contemporary of great fiddle players such as Michael Coleman, Paddy Killoran, and James Morrison as well as flute player John Egan.
From Sligo he moved to Dundalk where hhe played a vital role as a teacher and performer, helping establish the Dundalk branch of CCÉ & the Siamsa Céilí Band with his wife Maureen on piano.
He played with his sister Kathleen in the Gardiner Traditional Trio & his music can be heard on recordings like “Ceol Tíre” and “Fluters of Old Erin.”

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