Pic. Mick McCormack
There will be Roscommon involvement in the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden after it emerged that Matt Molloy and The Chieftans have been asked to perform on the new President’s big day in January.
Molloy, born on the Roscommon side of Ballaghaderreen, is a well-known flute player, and has been a regular visitor to music festivals in the county, including the O’Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue over the years.
He has spent much of his life in Westport, County Mayo, where his world-famous pub on Bridge Street in the town is a mecca for lovers of traditional music and for tourists wishing to sample an authentic slice of Irish life.
Molloy has been a member of Irish traditional supergroup The Chieftans for over 40 years, and band founder Paddy Maloney has confirmed that they’re on the “wanted list” for Joe Biden’s inauguration early next year.
The 77-year-old President-elect is said to be a big fan of the band and has invited the legendary outfit to perform at the ceremony but it remains to be seen if The Chieftans will have to play a virtual gig or will be able to travel to Washington itself.
“We would be, of course, honoured to play for Joe and I certainly would go but everything would have to be safe to travel,” said Paddy Maloney who classes Joe Biden as a “good friend”.
“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,” Maloney told the Irish Mail last weekend.
“We are all supporting him here, and if we can get there to play with everything going on it would be our biggest honour.”