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THE TORBAY SUITE (Upcoming release, 2023):

THE TORBAY SUITE is an original 60-minute composition by Robert Zielinski. The piece describes the pristine Torbay Inlet and its surrounds in Western Australia's remote South Coast. It comprises of Torbay Day and Torbay Night. Torbay Day maps the inlet from dawn to dusk and Torbay Night from dusk to dawn. The Night was inspired by many nights spent around Robert's campfire.

Torbay Day

  1. Dawn

  2. Season of Youth

  3. Great Southern Raining

  4. Rain

  5. The White Bird

  6. Sandbank

  7. The Dragonfly Set

  8. Donegal

Torbay Night

  1. Twilight Unbroken

  2. The Invite

  3. Blue Flower

  4. High Ridge Track

  5. Silky River

  6. Sitting

  7. Minang Moon Lullaby

  8. Holes in the Blanket

  9. Dreaming

  10. In Sight of Home

  11. Campfire

Robert recorded his violin parts outside at the Torbay Inlet and West Cape Howe National Park on a battery-operated preamp into a ribbon microphone and an AKG C-414 microphone. This was an extremely long process that took over a year, recording in low wind and in between rain, armies of frogs, crows, 4WD, etc. These files were then brought to Lee Buddle's Crank studio in West Perth, where cellist Melinda Forsythe, flutist Manuela Centanni and bouzouki player Jim Green layered on their parts. Lee Buddle then mixed the album and Robert brought the files to Abbey Road Studio in London for mastering.

A release date is yet to be set.

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​THE DAY DAWN (2018 - re-release September 2023)

THE DAY DAWN is Robert's debut album and was first released in 2018. It is the culmination of over twenty years work, with the first recordings made in Co. Kerry when Robert was twenty-three (1996), and the latest in 2023 in Albany, Western Australia.


Across THE DAY DAWN Robert plays on seven different fiddles, two of which he made himself. It was recorded in six different studios between Australia and Ireland with five different accompanists. 

THE DAY DAWN is currently being remastered with the addition of eight new tracks, including one very special tune with Sliabh Luachra fiddle player and old friend Paddy Jones, RIP. Robert has also reordered the tracks and is finally happy with the result. The remastered album will be available any day now.

The album cover photo was taken by the Roleystone Courier when Robert was 17, just before he left for Ireland.


OUT WEST (2012)

In 2012 Mick Doherty and Robert Zielinski released their album OUT WEST to help preserve the musical legacy of Mick's family, in particular, some previously unheard versions of tunes handed down by Mick's father Hughie and grandfather Mickey Mor. This album was produced by The National Library of Australia and launched at Fairbridge Festival when Mick was 88 years old.

The album is available for download on Bandcamp.


Robert's playing also features on four other releases: AIDEN CRUISE AND ROB STAFFORD (Zielinski) (1990), TIM O'SHEA AND FRIENDS (1996), Tim O'Shea - 15 TIMES AROUND (2001), and Sam Blight - THE BOYA HOUSE (2010). 

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