Bobby Gardiner was born in Aughdarra, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. He began playing at the age of eight, on his mother Delia’s old melodeon with the likes of Micho Russell and Micleen Conlon. At 15 he joined the Kilfenora Céilí Band.
In the late 1950’s he joined Malachy Sweeney’s Céilí Band and traveled throughout Ireland as a professional musician.
In 1960’s Bobby moved to the U.S. where he made his first solo recording “Memories of Clare”. Throughout his time in the US Bobby recorded and played with many musicians, some of which included Paddy Killoran, Joe Cooley, Sean McGlynn and Andy McGann.
His other recordings include; The Master’s Choice, The Clare Shout, The High Level and more recently Melodeon Mad. He has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann he is a member of the Brú Ború Troupe in Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
He is an active accordion tutor in Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick and has a long association with University College Cork where he has taught traditional music for over 25 years.