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O'Malley Ready To March Again

The semi-retired Celtic rock band fronted by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is about to become a little less retired.

An email sent recently to fans of O'Malley's March advertises a March 14 CD release party in Baltimore, meaning new music will be arriving just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese could provide few details about the band's plans this morning but confirmed that the CD is the same one that O'Malley said he was working on during a summer 2007 interview.

At the time, O'Malley said that the disc had been in the works for months, with the tentative title of "Banished to the Basement." That, he said, referred to "the fact that political realities have banished us to the basement and that we don't play out anymore."

An often sleeveless O'Malley fronted his seven-piece band throughout his days as a Baltimore City Council member and during much of his tenure as Baltimore's mayor. But O'Malley largely shelved his side career in 2005 as he geared up to run for governor, blaming advisers who said playing before late-night, beer-swilling crowds detracted from his gravitas. The band has made only a few appearances since then, at Irish festivals and political fundraisers, as well as O'Malley's inaugural celebration.

O'Malley said in 2007 that the basement to which the band was banished belonged to Jamie Wilson, the drummer, who lives in northeast Baltimore.

"I wouldn't call it a vanity project," O'Malley said at the time, "but it's a project that doesn't have a tremendous sales potential. ... We have the skeleton of about a dozen songs that are on there. None of them are original. Most of them are kind of new versions of old traditional songs."

The disc will be the band's fifth. Earlier releases included several O'Malley-penned songs that explored Irish history and the quest for justice, among other themes.

Details about the CD release party are available on the band's Web site, Tickets are $25 apiece.

By John Wagner  |  December 30, 2008; 11:07 AM ET
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And people should care why?

Posted by: island1 | December 30, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

After taxing the vinegar out of his loyal constituents in the face falling real estate values, driving jobs out of the state, higher unemployment and cuts in spending--presiding over a depression if you will-- the march may just turn into a run as his "fans" give chase with pitchforks.

May I suggest the Gov play "Tax them 'til they turn green ouy, oy, oy'? and "We can fool 'em 'cause they are dumb" as part of his act?

Beats confronting the real problems in Maryland I guess.

Posted by: ZippyinAnnapolis | December 31, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

If only it were true that the Guv' was banished to a basement somewhere. Nothing new? That's not surprising...

Here are a few new titles he might consider:

"Who Threw the Assessment up on Widow Murphy's Townhouse?"

"O, the Taxes, They Grow Large Over Here"

Posted by: bilrux | January 5, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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