O’Malley’s Celtic rock band on tap at anniversary of Irish bar in Baltimore


Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, plays back to back with his fiddle player Jim Eagan, right, as O'Malley's March reunited last year in Baltimore. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
November 15, 2012

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who is still basking in last week’s ballot measure victories, plans to take part in a celebration of a different sort Thursday night.

The governor’s Celtic rock band, O’Malley’s March, is booked to play at the James Joyce in Baltimore as part of the 10th anniversary festivities at the Irish pub and restaurant.

The pub in Harbor East opened during O’Malley’s tenure as mayor of Baltimore, and he has maintained a special relationship with the establishment since. A booth in the back bears O’Malley’s name and family seal.

O’Malley’s performance Thursday will follow a “VIP Happy Hour,” according to a flier advertising the event.

O’Malley’s band, which had its heyday during his tenure as mayor and a Baltimore councilman, has been surfacing often lately. The band is scheduled to play a pair of concert next month in Annapolis.

On Election Day, voters approved O’Malley-backed measures to allow same-sex marriage, extend in-state tuition rates to certain illegal immigrants, expand gambling and uphold the state’s congressional map.

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