O’Malley’s band plays on


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, plays back to back with his fiddle player Jim Eagan, right, as O'Malley's March plays in Baltimore in June. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

The governor’s Celtic rock band, O’Malley’s March, was featured Friday night as part of the entertainment at the Maryland Irish Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

That came less than a week after O’Malley (D) and members of his former band, Shannon Tide, played at what was thought to be the final night in business for Ireland’s Four Fields in the District.

The Cleveland Park pub, which apparently has since gotten a reprieve from its landlord, was among the regular spots that Shannon Tide would play, back in the day. The bar was known as the Four Provinces, or the 4Ps, at the time.

The Capitol Hill publication Roll Call took note of last Saturday’s appearance in the District.

Fans who missed Friday night’s show by O’Malley’s March will get two more chances next month to see the governor play — both on the same night.

The band is booked just around the corner from the State House at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis for two shows on Dec. 29.

O’Malley’s March, in which the governor sings and plays guitar, has been derided in recent years by his political detractors as a distraction from his day job. Many of O’Malley’s advisers, however, have come to see the band as a healthy creative outlet for the governor.

The Rams Head is billing the band as “the region’s favorite Celtic rockers” and promises “a double serving of holiday cheer!”

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