Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains has responded to rumours that the trad legends are set to play at US President Elect Joe Biden's inauguration in Washington DC this January.  

Speaking on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1, Moloney said, "I’m getting millions of calls, even from Australia and Japan, congratulating me.

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"If I was asked, I’d say yes! If it was at all possible and I didn't have to get on a funny airplane!"

He added, "I'm told he has us in mind all the time."

Proud Irish-American Joe Biden, who can trace his ancestry to Mayo and Louth, has previously said his two favourite music acts are The Chieftains and Bruce Springsteen.

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However, 82-year-old Moloney said he wouldn't be travelling to the US anytime soon, adding, "It's a bit soon to take a chance on anything - we have to think of our families."

He also said it was 'heart-breaking' to have to cancel two big US shows - Boston Symphony Hall and Townhouse in New York - due to Covid-19 as these were the two concerts that meant the most to the group.

Asked by Ray D'Arcy how he's passing the time during the pandemic, Moloney said, "I haven't left the house since March. I'm not doing anything constructive at all!

"I look at the pipes and keep wondering if the reed is working. I'm not doing an enormous amount. I go for a walk with my neighbour."

Moloney: not getting any on "funny airplane" soon

Moloney and the Chieftains have previously played for presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Edward Kennedy.

The musician also played for Joe Biden at Dublin Castle but said, "I stay out of politics as much as possible.'"