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Northern Ireland couple put on show for US Vice President

Keith (left) and Kristyn Getty (right) and band members Zach and Maggie White speak with US Vice President Mike Pence in Washington DC
Keith (left) and Kristyn Getty (right) and band members Zach and Maggie White speak with US Vice President Mike Pence in Washington DC
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

American Vice President Mike Pence was treated to a real taste of Ireland as he hosted his now traditional St Patrick's Day breakfast at his Washington DC home in the company of local musical talent.

Northern Ireland's award-winning modern hymn writers, Keith and Kristyn Getty, were invited on Thursday to be the guest performers for the occasion, in front of both the Vice President and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The Gettys and their four daughters, who divide their time between their US home in Nashville and Portstewart in Co Antrim, helped in the celebration of St Patrick's Day and the close links between the USA and Ireland.

The Vice President has been hosting a St Patrick's Day breakfast since 2017, the year he was appointed to his current role.

Keith Getty, originally from Lisburn, received an OBE in 2017 for his contribution to music and modern hymn writing, and said the chance to perform at the exclusive event for Mr Pence was a "fantastic honour".

"We are hugely grateful to the Vice President for the opportunity to perform and were delighted that the Taoiseach was also in attendance," he said.

"We're both so honoured to have performed at this prestigious event celebrating the history and culture of a country we love."

The Gettys performed a number of songs from their latest album.

Kristyn is originally from Glengormley and the couple's latest live album, Sing!: Psalms: Ancient + Modern, has debuted at number one in the chart for Praise and Worship.

It features new songs and timeless classics, many of which are inspired by the Psalms.

An estimated 100 million people sing hymns composed by the Gettys in church services each year, with their almost unique ability to be sung in contemporary and more traditional contexts of church music.

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