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Trad music man snubs Trump over migrant ban

By Sean O'Driscoll

One of America's best-known traditional Irish musicians has said he refused to play before President Trump because his father from County Armagh "would never approve of someone who was against immigration".

Six other Irish musicians also refused the White House event in solidarity with Billy McComiskey, who was also protesting Trump's decision to cut arts funding.

The White House event was attended by Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and others.

Mr McComiskey said that his father had emigrated from Portadown to the US.

"As the son of an immigrant, I can't in any way approve of what Trump is doing," he said.

Mr McComiskey, regarded as one of the best traditional musicians in the US, said he was also personally hurt by Trump's plan to completely cut arts funding.

He said playing in the White House during the peace process was "an entirely different experience" because of the Clintons' passion for ending the Troubles.

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