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Friday, 20th November 2020

Louth musician to play at Joe Biden’s inauguration

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Patricia Treacy pictured with Joe Biden in  Lily Finnegan’s pub in Cooley in 2016 when he was Vice President of the United States.

One of Ireland’s top concert violinists, Patricia Treacy from Blackrock in county Louth, has been invited to play at the inauguration of President Elect Joe Biden.

The invitation came directly to her from the Biden family on Wednesday and Patricia says she feels “…honoured and privileged and obviously super excited.”

She said, “it always brings me a great sense of pride to be able to represent Ireland. My first thought was to share the news with my mother, who I owe my talent to, as she was my inspiration with an amazing singing voice and musical talents of her own.”

Patricia has performed for the President Elect on a number of occasions before including in March 2016 when she played for the then Vice President Biden at his official residence number 1 Naval observatory.”

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“President Elect Biden, because of his Irish roots is very much into celebrating St Patrick's Day, and I had the honour of performing for his invited dignitaries during his annual Irish celebration gathering which included our then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and his wife.”

Later that same year she played for the Vice-President when he visited his ancestral home in county Louth in June 2016 when he visited Carlingford and the Cooley Peninsula in 2016 and she was part of the secret service motorcade from Carlingford to Lily Finnegan’s pub in Cooley.

She has also asked to perform at some of the Biden rallies in Chicago and other cities.

She said she has shared her news with friends including Kelly Katz the former chairwoman of the Kennedy Center Board to the performing arts, Washington D.C.Kelly and her husband Martin Katz, based in Beverly Hills, are famous jewellers in Hollywood who have provided the stars with diamonds and luxury jewels for the Oscars and Grammys and other high profile events.

“They have already graciously offered to cover me in Katz diamonds for my performance at the inauguration” said a delighted Patricia

Patrica has won many prestigious music awards including the String final of the RTE Musician of the future competition and has performed in premier venues including Carnegie Hall New York where she made her début as soloist in 2009, and again in 2014 as a soloist with Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland.

She played at the Royal Albert Hall London, The Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai, and as a soloist at all major venues in Ireland.

She played a specially commissioned piece written by Patrick Cassidy for the 1916 Centenary which was broadcast on RTE news.

In 2018, MacGillivray Freeman Films asked her to play a lead role in the production of a Giant Screen/Imax Film Documentary entitled “Ireland”.

The documentary, with an emphasis on music and culture is scheduled to be launched in March 2021, in Washington D.C. to coincide with the annual Irish Diplomatic delegation from Dublin for the annual visit to the White House to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Patricia will become the official Ambassador of the film, and will play the violin at the film premieres throughout the U.S. and the World.

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