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Martin O'Malley and his band to play Creative Alliance next month

Now with more free time, Martin O'Malley schedules Baltimore gig for his Irish pub band.

Martin O'Malley now has extra time on his hands. It seems like he wants to have some fun with it.

On March 13, the former Maryland governor and recently former Democratic president candidate will bring O'Malley's March, his seven-piece Irish pub-rock band, to Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown). It is O'Malley's first scheduled performance with the band since he suspended his presidential campaign last week.

Tickets, on sale now here, are $22 for members and $25 for non-members. On the day of the show, $3 dollars will be added to admission if tickets are still available.

O'Malley sings and plays acoustic guitar and the occasional penny whistle. The band often plays original songs and covers of the '80s Celtic punk act The Pogues. Other members of the band include Jared Denhard, Jim Eagan, Jamie Wilson, Ralph Reinoldi, Pete Miller and Sean McComiskey.

In late January, O'Malley's March performed at James Joyce Pub for a "sendoff" to the Iowa caucus on Feb. 1. He received 0.6 percent of the vote there, and suspended his campaign after votes were counted. Last Friday, O'Malley withdrew his name from the Maryland presidential ballot.

O'Malley founded the group in 1988, according to the band's Facebook page.

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