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O’Malley ‘jams’ at Israeli ambassador’s event

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) took his musical talents to the residence of the Israeli ambassador in Washington on Tuesday night, where he was among the guests who “jammed” with an Israeli-Celtic band.

A video from the reception, held to celebrate what Israel and Ireland have in common, has been posted on YouTube and the Web site of the Embassy of Israel.

With his ascension to chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, O’Malley, a proud Irishman, has been spending an increasing amount of time in Washington. And the governor, of course, is the part-time front man of the Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March.

The video shows O’Malley on guitar playing with the Evergreen at a reception at the residence of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, who joined the band on the Bodhran, an Irish drum.

“Ambassador Oren and his wife, Sally, welcomed friends and colleagues for a small performance where he returned to the stage,” says the account on the embassy Web site. “Maryland Governor and Irishman Martin O’Malley also surprised guests jamming on the guitar to lead Evergreen in a performance of his own.”

The song O’Malley chose: a cover of “Tribe” by Luka Bloom. He said it reflected the commitment to family in both Irish and Israeli cultures.

John Wagner is a political reporter covering the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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