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Mark O'Connor

Born and raised in Seattle, O'Connor was always a bit out of sync with his teenage peers. Understandably so, since he was winning fiddle contests and had mapped out a sketchy career path. O'Connor moved to Nashville in 1983, already a former sideman for jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, a job that allowed him to play the stage at Carnegie Hall. At the time O'Connor arrived in Music City (the post-Urban Cowboy era), fiddle was hardly in vogue, and it took a couple of years for him to make his mark. Finally, in 1985 the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band used him in their single "High Horse"; thanks to that work, O'Connor's phone number became a popular one with country record producers. Over the next five years he played on 450 albums, including such stellar projects as Trio by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris; Always & Forever by Randy Travis; Killin' Time by Clint Black; and Loving Proof by Ricky Van Shelton. Despite his success, O'Connor gave up session work to concentrate on his own solo career, increasingly rooted in the classical realm thanks to collaborators including Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Edgar Meyer. ~ Tom Roland, Rovi
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O'Connor was an unreal guitarist. Markology should be in the first breath of anyone reciting the best flatpicking guitar albums ever. It's shocking that few people remember or recognize just how steller his guitar chops were.
Great sounds accomplished player. Must have had some formal training on the Violin great sounding music from the Gentleman.
What a talented musician.
rpruitt661
A wonderful musician. I visualized Mama and Daddy waltzing in the kitchen again. Beautiful song.
I went to his fiddle camp about 8 years ago. Great experience.
cjschuh7
I watched Mark O'Connor win National Fiddle Contest in Weiser Idaho. He is amazing.
Great sounds from a person I never heard of till Pandora. Thanks Pandora
krudd3
Amazing talent. His voice is very reminiscent of Johnny Cash.
Ken Burns the civil war introduced me to mark I Connor when I was a kid. Came across this on pandora. Love it!
Funny, no mention of his time with the Dregs, which in my humble opinion was some of his best work. Check out Going for Baroque and you'll hear what I mean!
Absolutely AWESOME!!! I could listen to him exclusively. I would really love to hear him with Yo Yo Ma!!! :-D =-O :-D
Amazing fiddle playing
Love the first one of the devil went down to Georgia these songs are really good.
patrickleste r 2 3
This is great, but it shows so little of how great Mark O'Connor is - he can play anything!
Never heard of him until now. But this is a great cover. Was that Johnny Cash singing some of it?
To all Irish Lover's..."t o c e b a c h a " ! ! !
This Waltz allows me to dream of another earlier time. So lovely...... L T
Great Player!
swag
Daniels better than O'Conner?
Red is grey and yellow white.
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?
Charlie Daniels thinks he has imputation of Christ's merit by grace
Love this :)!
CD is great at hack & slash fiddle - I'd like to hear him do something this controlled and melodic.
There's a difference between pop culture and art.
Yep
Charlie Daniels can't, won't, and will never be beaten
Bull crap Charlie Daniels is way better the mark
Charlie Daniels is a wimp in comparison to the mighty Mark O'Conner
cef1953
Mark O'Connors music makes me happy... and want to dance!!! yee haw!!
great music
Charlie Daniels is great at what he does. Mark O'Connor is great at what he does. When comparing artists, its relative to what they do and how they interpret the music. A great artist helps you find your deepest emotions or feel light on your feet. A great artist isn't defined by how fast they can play a country music song. Sorry.
newexodus
Heard him perform at my university a few years ago. Hearing him perform live brought tears to my eyes. He inspired me to start learning to play the fiddle. I also deeply respect him because he invests his time training and promoting young players.
bholler1
I love this song.
good
this is a little too slow for me. but it's still nice!
jpday50
I like his mustache.
jpday50
I like his mustache.
jhspv
Mark has always been one of the stellar, tasteful musicians of any and all genres, certainly among fiddlers of all time. Markology set standard for flatpicking too with a great summit of Dan Crary and Tony Rice. He had Daniels join him on his Heroes album. Strength in Numbers was great stuff but love Appalachian Waltz and YoYoMa project. Thanks to Doc, Vassar, Clarence, David, Tony, Mark, Jerry, Sam and Chris to set the bar for acoustic stringed instruments.
I enjoy this. Good stuff.
Easy to be a critic. They don't actually do anything, do they? Intellectual posing.
massbachridg e
i hate it so much
massbachridg e
charlie daneils is better than him by too mush to count. really.
Mark O'Connor now influences me.
Miss hearing him at Telluride Bluegrass Festival
ryhorses
We love Mark O'Connor music
The fiddle in the hands of Mark O'Connor both honors those great fiddlers of the past, say Bob Wills, Vassar Clements, and Johnny Gimble, and tests new ground with the likes of Yo Yo Ma. What a treat to listen to the fiddle in the hands of a master.
campusbiblek i d s
I'm a huge fan and have been so for many years!
dhudiburg
One of the best fiddlers on the planet.
Would love to hear more from his albums! Thanks Scott Winter - will listen for him on NPR.
Outstanding @ Mt Stage WV with swing trio 1-17-10 To be air NPR in April 2010 tune in if you can
A thoughtful,s w e e t sound.
I saw O'Connor recently in Breckenridge CO with his Hot Swing Trio. Outstanding show!
Saw Mark with the Dregs in the 80's . He played Violoin,guit a r and if i think I remember he even played a bit of soprano sax.
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