Singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith has been invited to perform at the annual Speaker's Irish Luncheon in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Set for Thursday

Singer/songwriter Nanci Griffith has been invited to perform at the annual Speaker's Irish Luncheon in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Set for Thursday (March 15), the traditional event to honor the Prime Minister Of Ireland will be attended by Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern and President George W. Bush, plus other national leaders.

"I am looking forward to not only meeting Nanci, but also hearing her perform her music," Hastert said in a statement. "On a day when we celebrate the proud tradition of the Irish, it will be my pleasure to introduce one of our own American singer/songwriters who has strong ties to Ireland. I am sure that President Bush and Prime Minister Ahern will thoroughly enjoy her music."

Austin, Texas-native Griffith has in her career earned two Grammy Awards for her performances with celebrated Irish group the Chieftains, and one for her 1992 album "Other Voices."

Griffith's next album, "Clock Without Hands," is due in August. It's the follow-up to 1999's "Dust Bowl Symphony" (Elektra), a collection of her songs recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. Her last studio album, 1997's "Blue Roses From The Moons" debuted at No. 119 on The Billboard 200.

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