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Photo credit: Nic Duncan

Robert Zielinski is ‘simply one of the best Irish musicians in Australia’
Doug Spencer, former ABC Radio National presenter

Robert Zielinski's Kiangardarup - The Torbay Suite is inspired by his affinity with the Australian bush and informed by his dual career as luthier and Irish music maker, it cuts through rules and genres of music in a pure celebration of life. Rob's outlook and tireless search for truth in music has culminated in the sonic equivalent of a day and night spent at the Torbay Inlet, a treat for the ears and for the soul.
Lucky Oceans, double-Grammy award winning steel guitarist,
former presenter at ABC Australia

Robert Zielinski is one of those rare musicians who, from an early age, has dedicated his life to music, so much so that at 17 years of age he moved to Ireland not knowing anyone there, and spent the following 14 years learning from many of the iconic older generation players of the day.

Robert first heard the fiddle when he was seven and recalls being transfixed by its sound. He grew up in the Perth hills, learning traditional Irish music by ear from Eddie Lowe, then Sean Doherty and later Mick Doherty. Mick was a member of a family of traveling fiddle players, storytellers and tinsmiths from Co. Donegal. At seventeen years of age, Robert moved to Ireland, where he spent 14 years living on the West coast learning from the older generation. He taught for three years at the Galway School of Traditional Irish Music and in the year 2000 won Ireland's Michael Coleman Fiddle Player of the Year Award. Robert performs on a violin he made for himself while living in Torbay. He has performed internationally and is now concentrating on his new compositions.

Robert's main influence has been the older generation of traditional Irish music players, among which Andrew Davey, Paddy Canny, PJ Hayes, Joe Ryan, Junior Crehan, Johnny Doherty, Michael Coleman, Lad O'Beirne, Martin Byrnes, Paddy Jones, Tommy Potts, and many more.

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