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, http://www.omalleysmarch.com. Tickets are $25 apiece.
December 30, 2008; 11:07 AM ET
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