The O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor
“The players are so connected to each other,
weaving their own parts so tightly together,
the sound encloses you in its warmth and beauty.”
— No Depression Magazine
Mark O’Connor learned at the feet of a pair of musical giants: Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson, and French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. At age 13, Mark was the youngest person ever to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championships. Forty years later, his record still stands.
A Grammy winner, Mark O’Connor is the only person ever to win national titles on fiddle, bluegrass guitar and mandolin. He won six Country Music Association Musician Of The Year Awards in a row. At age 17, he played guitar and fiddle with the seminal David Grisman Quintet. At age 19, he played violin and guitar in one of the greatest rock-fusion instrumental bands of the 1980s, The Dregs. In his twenties, he was a member of Strength in Numbers, along with four definitive players on their respective instruments: Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Edgar Meyer. O’Connor has recorded on over 500 albums with the likes of Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Randy Travis and The Judds.
Mark went on to study with classical violin icons Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menhuin and Pinchas Zukerman! With a body of work including 45 albums of mostly his own compositions, Mark O’Connor has helped create a new American Classical music.
Fresh on the scene, The O’Connor Band puts on an engaging and dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and strong vocal harmonies. Their 2016 Rounder Records release, “Coming Home,” won a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year. The group includes Mark O’Connor on fiddle, his wife, Maggie O’Connor, on fiddle, his son, Forrest O’Connor on mandolin and vocals, and daughter-in-law, Kate Lee, on fiddle and stunning vocals. National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart, and double bassist and old-time banjoist Geoff Saunders, complete an all-star lineup.