Cuban-Ir­ish story ready to be told

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - By Lauren Mur­phy

An un­usual part­ner­ship be­tween two mu­sic lovers has led to the re­lease of a spe­cial al­bum to­day. Ir­ish pro­ducer Bob Jack­son, who lec­tures on the Mu­sic Tech­nol­ogy course in Tralee IT, was on hol­i­day in Trinidad de Cuba, in 2009 when he hap­pened across young lo­cal mu­si­cian Erd­win Gar­cía play­ing at an art ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing.

Jack­son recorded a demo with Gar­cía and his band be­fore re­turn­ing to Ire­land to mix it. In 2011, he re­turned to Cuba, in the midst of a trop­i­cal heat­wave, with a mo­bile record­ing stu­dio, to record a full-length record. It has taken un­til now to com­plete, thanks to his send­ing var­i­ous mixes by post, rather than via the in­ter­net.

The friend­ship be­tween the two men has re­sulted in Re­moviendo: A Cuban-Ir­ish Story, Gar­cía’s de­but al­bum. All prof­its will go to­wards sup­port­ing his fam­ily in Cuba, and a Fun­dIt cam­paign has been launched to bring the 26-year-old and his band here for a tour in Septem­ber. tinyurl.com/fun­di­ter­d­win lmur­phy@irish­times.com

Jack­son and Gar­cía record­ing in Cuba

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