O’Malley’s band booked for ‘wild nite’ in Baltimore


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, left, plays back-to-back with his fiddle player Jim Eagan, right, as O'Malley's March reunites for a an engagement at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry in June. (By Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

The Creative Alliance at the Patterson, the Baltimore venue that has booked the band for a pair of March 17 concerts, is promising “a wild nite of traditional and original music, mad piping, championship fiddling and general misrule.”

The shows — at 7:30 and 9 p.m. — will mark the latest re-emergence of the semi-retired O’Malley’s March. The seven-piece band, which had its heyday back when O’Malley was a councilman and mayor of Baltimore, remains a creative outlet for the governor, and one his advisers have come to largely accept.

O’Malley last played a night of back-to-back shows in late December, appearing in Annapolis at the Rams Head Tavern, just around the corner from the governor’s mansion.

On March 17, the Creative Alliance says, “the artist formerly known as the Mayor is back with a double serving of hearty Irish fare.”

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.

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