We are delighted to host what promises to be a wonderful night of performances from collector of tunes, recording artist, composer and instrument maker Rob Zielinski before he returns to his native Western Australia.
Rob grew up in Perth, Western Australia learning by ear from Sean Doherty and Mick Doherty (no relation). Mick was the last member of a well-known family of travelling fiddle players storytellers and tin smiths from Donegal. Mickís Uncle Johnny Doherty was featured on RTEís documentary The Fiddler On The Road.At 17, following the music, Rob travelled to Ireland where he lived for14 years on the West coast, immersing himself in the music of the older generation, in particular PJ Hayes, Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, Junior Crehan, Paddy Jones, Andy Davey and Paddy Fahey. He taught for three years at The Galway School of Traditional Irish Music and has continued to enjoy teaching ever since.
In 2006 Rob and Mick Doherty with the help of the National Library of Australia released their album Out West to further preserve the musical heritage of Mickís family. Mick was 88 years old. In 2018 Rob released his debut solo album The Day Dawn, a compilation of recordings made over a twenty year period between Australia and Ireland. He has since found more recordings and is about to re-release this album with many new tracks and remastered.On his night at 50Dundas, Rob will be playing a violin he made himself and also a very old Italian fiddle. Many of Robís compositions will feature as well as many traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Shetland.
Rob Zielinski has been in New Zealand since the lockdown and will return to Australia in June. Joining him on the night will be Manuela Centanni on wooden flute, Sean Manning on bouzouki and Pamela Seccombe on cello.