O’Malley moonlighting again... still not getting paid
Annapolis is technically Gov. Martin O’Malley’s stage. Now the state’s capital will literally serve as his stage when his Irish folk rock band plays two concerts at the popular Ram’s Head watering hole/restaurant there next month.
Tickets to see O’Malley’s March play an afternoon or evening show on Sunday, Dec. 20, went on sale today and can be purchased here. The band has played in Washington, Philadelphia and Ireland since they began performing in 1988, according to Ram’s Head Web site. They are also playing two shows on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Avalon Theatre in Easton.
The governor sang lead vocals for the band’s fifth album released this year and titled “Galway Races," featuring remakes of songs by Green Day and the Saw Doctors. The band’s Web site includes a one-word description of the album from a Washington Post review: “... shines...” Well, that's not quite what the reviewer wrote. The full review reads: “The band sounds better when it strikes up sans vocals, as on the traditional instrumental ‘Sean Sa Cheo.’ Elsewhere, harpist Jared Denhard's work truly shines.” Ouch for O'Malley; kudos to the harpist.
All of this stage work begs the question again about whether he's truly moonlighting while in public office. (O'Malley got paid $800 for appearing on HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher” last month, and donated the money to a domestic violence center.) As for the governor playing with the band, aides say he doesn’t make any money from it, and the other band members split any proceeds from concert ticket and CD sales.