Sunday 25 September 2016

Stage invasion when Obama got up with banjo band

Published 17/03/2016 | 02:30

Galway band We Banjo 3 who performed for President Obama at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon in Washington DC. Photo: DN Design
Galway band We Banjo 3 who performed for President Obama at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon in Washington DC. Photo: DN Design

Galway band We Banjo 3 have told how President Obama was "easygoing and friendly" after they performed for him in Washington.

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The band entertained the American president along with acting Taoiseach Enda Kenny, politicians and actor Richard Gere, at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon in Washington DC.

"We got to speak to President Obama when we were having our photograph taken with him. He was very easygoing and friendly.

"He came straight up to us and shook our hands and said: 'Great music. Incredible performance'," said band member Enda Scahill.

"It was quite an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone was jumping up on the stage to have their photograph taken with the band and President Obama including Vice-President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny."

"It was a tiny stage so it got quite crowded very quickly," he added.

The band were presented with a flag, which had been flown over Capitol Buildings that morning, in honour of their performance.

Irish Independent

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