O’Malley booked for pair of concerts


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, plays back to back with his fiddle player Jim Eagan, right, as O'Malley's March reunites at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore in June 2011. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has no planned public appearances this holiday week, with two notable exceptions: an early show and a late show fronting his Celtic rock band.

O’Malley’s March is booked for a pair of concerts Thursday at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, just around the corner from the State House.

“Gov. Martin and the boys are coming to Rams Head ready to forget their days jobs with two shows that are sure to be Irish down to the last drop!” trumpets the venue’s Web site, which promises “a rollicking evening of traditional and original tunes, seasonal classics and general merriment.”

The 6:30 p.m. show is nearly sold out, but tickets remain for the 9:30 p.m. concert — perhaps an indication of the band’s aging fan base.

O’Malley turns 50 next month. The band’s heyday was during his tenure as a Baltimore council member and mayor, though some of its bigger gigs have come more recently, including an appearance at the White House in March.

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

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