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|Liberal Leader Paul Martin plays guitar during a Franco-Manitoban party in Winnipeg Jan. 21.|
What happened to the folks around Paul Martin? The famous "board?" Well, a couple of them have become rock stars. Well, maybe not "stars," but performers, anyway.
This Friday, July 7, and the following Friday on Ottawa's Sparks Street Mall, "The Twentieth Century Boys" will be treating audiences to their musical stylings as part of the Shine Music Academy show, going on while Bluesfest is also on in Ottawa.
Among the band members are Tim Murphy, former chief of staff to Martin, and Richard Mahoney, long-time Martin loyalist and well-liked lawyer, who ran and lost in Ottawa Centre during the last two election campaigns. Yes, they play the guitar and sing -- mainly old rock 'n roll classics. The fellows like to say that they'll be playing "near Bluesfest," which is kind of like "off Broadway," in the minds of would-be professional musicians.
Though Martin himself has picked up a guitar from time to time for campaign appearances, there is no truth at all to the rumour that he will be among the performers.