There are more than 200 Ukrainians, mostly women and children, in the old hotel in Drumshanbo. There are qualified music teachers among them but, unfortunately, they have no instruments to learn to play.
George Eggleston is a Uileann piper and flute player from Elphin, Co. Roscommon and he appeals to the wider community to donate any unused and unused instruments to help these people. Indeed, if you would like to go out and buy an instrument for learners, do not hesitate to do so and contact George.
The instruments needed are keyboards, accordions, guitars, whistles, flutes, etc. In fact, any instrument you may have sitting idle in your attic, shed, or garage. Contact George on 086 0826357. All donated instruments can be collected, they will be cleaned and maintained and will form an instrument pool.
George has already had a great response to his call with many traditional musicians offering help with lessons, instruments etc. A Ukrainian lady in the hotel is a classical pianist. She lost her home and her job and she and her husband are in a hotel. Music is her life but she hasn’t played the piano for five months. Any musician will understand what this means.
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