We Banjo 3 and the President of the United States

Press Release : We Banjo 3 yesterday performed for The President of the United States, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House, an Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a room full of Irish dignitaries and politicians from both sides of the House of Representatives at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon. Also in attendance was Richard Gere.

The band played a song from the multi award winning album Gather the Good, and another from their debut album Roots of the Banjo Tree. President Obama was highly taken with the virtuosity and verve of these young Galwegians who enthralled the gathered audience with their unique rendition of Blues song Get Onboard and Bluegrass/Irish medley Bill Cheatum/The Donegal Lass.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was full of praise for the musical ambassadors and was eager to be photographed with the band, President Obama, The Speaker of the House and the Vice President. This official photograph will be released in the coming days.

Despite a few attempts, the president resolutely refused to hold a banjo for fear that it might slip out of tune. The lads assured him that a banjo is rarely in tune anyway, but to no avail!  Any suggestion that we could publicly describe the banjo as a "Weapon of Mass Seduction" was quickly vetoed by the White House staffers!

Source : Alan O’Leary - Copperplate

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