There’s been increasing talk lately about Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s road to the White House — though few expected he would arrive there with bandmates.

O’Malley’s March, the governor’s Celtic rock band, played to a packed East Room early on Tuesday night as part of an extended St. Patrick’s Day celebration in honor of Irish Prime Minister Edna Kenny.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley during a performance with his band in June in Baltimore. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Both President Obama and Kenny were scheduled to attend the event, though it was not immediately clear if they arrived in time to hear O’Malley (D) and his bandmates.

According to someone in the room, the president acknowledged the performance later during his remarks, saying “they say the curse of the Irish, as the governor knows, is not that they don’t know the words to a song, it’s that they know them all.”

A photo of the performance was sent out via Twitter on Tuesday by Colm O’Comartun, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, which O’Malley leads.

O’Malley’s March had its hey day during O’Malley’s days as a councilman and mayor of Baltimore. The band has played less frequently since he became governor but remains a side project for O’Malley.