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Support Uilleann Pipers in Cuba

Date Released: 10 July 2014

THE popularity of Uilleann Piping is growing in Cuba and on Wednesday night in Liberty Hall, Dublin, the Clé club hosts a fund raising event featuring one of the finest Cuban exponents of the traditional Irish art.

Alexander Suarez Mendez from Havana, Cuba, who recently performed at the Skibbereen Arts Festival as support to Liam Óg O' Flynn & Paddy Glackin, is the special guest at the Clé Club on Wednesday, July 16th, in Liberty Hall at 8pm.

Alexander, from Havana,  is 23 and began learning music at 14 on the Galician Pipes. He started learning the uilleann pipes in 2011 from Gay McKeon at workshops in Havana. There are now more than a dozen uilleann pipers in Havana and Pinar Del Rio.  Alexander learned how to make reeds for the uilleann pipes from Donnacha Dwyer, who also visited Cuba.  Alexander now teaches Irish music on uilleann pipes and tin whistle to young people in Cuba.

Tickets cost €5, with all proceeds of the evening going to support the Cuban pipers group.


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