Joe Biden invites legendary Dublin band The Chieftains to play at his Presidential inauguration
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Joe Biden invites legendary Dublin band The Chieftains to play at his Presidential inauguration

THE CHIEFTAINS have played to packed-out crowds all over world but their biggest gig could still be yet to come at Joe Biden’s inauguration as US President.

According to one of the founders of the band, Paddy Maloney, the 77-year-old president-elect has invited the legendary Dublin outfit to perform at the ceremony.

It’s not entirely clear whether the trad band will play a virtual gig or in person at the inauguration in Washington, which is due to take place this coming January 2021.

Whatever the case, Biden is reportedly eager to have the band play a part in the ceremony.

Maloney told the Irish Mail on Sunday: "Joe is a big fan of the band."

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The Chieftains star said he had personally messaged Biden to congratulate him on winning the presidency.

He also said he would relish the chance to head over to Washington to perform for the president-elect.

"I did send a message to congratulate him," he said.

"We would be, of course, honoured to play for Joe and I certainly would go but everything would have to be safe to travel."

Failing that, the Chieftains are confident of organising a virtual alternative to ensure they perform for their biggest fan in the US.

Though Maloney insists he doesn’t engage in debates around politics or religion, his “good friend” Biden had his full support throughout the election.

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"I sent him a message after the election. He is a great man, and he’s as fit as an old fiddle. I couldn’t believe it when I saw him running all about the place," he said.

"We are all supporting him here, and if we can get there to play with everything going on it would be our biggest honour."