Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and his Celtic rock band have quite a billing to try to live up to on St. Patrick’s Day.
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.”