Meet the Band: O'Malley's March

Meet the Band

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September 16, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Hometown: Baltimore

Current members: Martin O'Malley, vocals, acoustic guitar, songwriter; Jared Denhard, harp, highland pipe, trombone; Jamie Wilson, drums; Ralph Reinoldi, guitar; Jim Eagan, fiddle; Sean McCominskey, button accordion; Pete Miller, bass.

Founded in: 1988

Style: Traditional and contemporary Irish music

Influenced by: Shane MacGowan

Notable: It's the mayor's band.

Quotable: Jared Denhard on being in the mayor's band: "People often assume that we must work for the city." They don't. But, having the mayor in the band does present artistic limitations. "Everything gets magnified," said Denhard. "If Shane MacGowan stumbles in drunk and gives the audience the finger that would be fine for him. Martin can't do that." Ah well.

Check out O'Malley's March tomorrow when they play at the Irish Festival. The band is scheduled to play from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Irish Festival is at the 5th Regiment Armory at 28 Division St. The band will play on the East Stage. Call 410-747-6868 or visit www.irish festival.com.

For information about O'Malley's March, visit www.omalleysmarch.com.

To see the archive of profiled artists, visit www.baltimoresun.com / meettheband.

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