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Who’s playing at the Trump White House? James Galway

March 20, 2018 by norman lebrecht

27 comments.


Many musicians have stayed away, for one reason or other, from the Trump Administration.

But the veteran flute virtuoso and his wife Jeanne turned up for the annual St Patrick’s Day shamrock presentation by the Irish prime minister and played a spot of Mozart and Danny Boy.

You can watch their performance here.

It may have exhausted the presidential attention span.

 


Comments (27)

  1. Simonrattled says:

    There are some moments of pretty Irish intonation around 8.30… Blame it on Guiness.

  2. Sue says:

    “The presidential attention span” is directed towards giving jobs to the American working class. As contemptible and unworthy as that sounds, it does matter to many millions of people. And it has taken a bulldozer to break through the swamp and detritus that has formed around the insider so-called ‘elite’. He is the monster you Frankensteins created.

    1. Doug says:

      The swamp runs deep, very deep. And the “long march” through the education system has paid vast dividends to the neo-Marxists. Just look around yourself right here at the endless sea of useful idiots.

    2. MacroV says:

      I’ll grant you that he is the monster we created. And voted for.

    3. Sharon Beth Long says:

      What jobs? His so called capital construction plan is very little and just took the money away from other departments that also hire for construction, like EPA and I believe the transportation dept. He cut staffing in other departments except the military and wants to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities which, although small agencies, enables a number of arts organizations in the US to function which otherwise would close.

    4. D T says:

      This comment now totally puts every comment ‘Sue’ has ever put on this blog into total perspective. Should have been obvious all along.

    5. Petros Linardos says:

      Check your facts. Here is an article from Forbes: “President Trump’s First Year Of Job Growth Was Below President Obama’s Last Six Years”

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2018/01/06/president-trumps-first-year-of-job-growth-was-below-president-obamas-last-six-years/#57e4b51725ab

      Let’s not get started about Trump’s record otherwise.

      1. Michael says:

        Technically she only said the “presidential attention span is directed at giving jobs to Americans.” She never said he was any good at it.

        1. Anon says:

          She didn’t finish her sentence. She wanted to say “…giving jobs to the American working class ON GOLF COURTS by giving more tax breaks for the rich so they can play more golf.”
          win-win if you ask me.
          ‘Trickle down’ was Reagan-yesterday.
          Today is ‘Birdie nam-nam’.

          1. James Turzer says:

            What is a golf COURT?

          2. Anon says:

            …course
            pardon my french

          3. Petros Linardos says:

            Trickle up.

  3. collin says:

    Good lawd, their playing tested MY attention span. BorING.

  4. Tutti Flutie says:

    I think the Irish president set a pretty good precedent last year on St. Patrick’s Day when he stood next to Trump & totally dissed him with an eloquent speech about immigration.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJHjHdwhSgs

    After that, it seems perfectly fine for an Irish person to be visiting the Trump White House. It doesn’t necessarily mean they approve of him, they’re just having their Irish say on St. Pat’s day. The Irish Prez gave a speech, the Galways played Mozart. I say good for all of them!

    1. Una says:

      Yes, it’s always heart-warming to see the Irish celebrate their day, and be proud of their Irishness, and none more than Irish Americans, some of whom are my family.

  5. La Verita says:

    Judgement was never Galway’s strong point, but his American wife should have known better than to play in the Trump White House. Shame on both of them.

    1. Hilary says:

      he stayed out of South Africa during Apartheid though.

      1. La verita says:

        Not true! As a matter of fact, Galway first toured South Africa right after having suffered a serious accident, so he had to play all his concerts there in a wheelchair.

        1. La Verita says:

          Totally true, per Pim Broere who booked the tour.

        2. Hilary says:

          Aaaaah, I stand corrected on that one. History won’t judge him well for this.

    2. Una says:

      How mean spirited of you!

  6. Jimbo says:

    Where there’s brass there’s muck!

  7. Sanda Schuldmann says:

    That is really unfortunate. I wonder if he would have performed for Hitler? It is a deplorable choice to participate and dignify a thug, destroyer of the Free World!

    1. Anon says:

      You give that moron too much credit. The American people who voted for him did that.
      (not that the other candidate of that two party political charade was any better, but she would have destroyed the free world with a more dignified demeanor.)

  8. Tutti Flutie says:

    I still think it was fine, given the Irish President’s appearance last year & his pointed discourse. Perhaps the Galways could have followed in that vein & chosen music that subtly poked fun at or criticized Trump. It would have gone way over Trump’s head for sure.

    1. James says:

      It was the Irish Taoiseach (or Prime Minister) who made that speech, not the Irish President.


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