Mark O'Connor featuring the O'Connor Band - Floyd Country Store
June 15, 2017
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL CR: $30.00
TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / INDIVIDUAL CR Public Onsale: February 13, 2017 2:23 PM to June 15, 2017 7:00 PM
Born in 1961 in Seattle, Washington, Mark O’Connor at age 13 won the Grand Master Fiddler Championship, a record that still stands. In subsequent years he won national titles on three instruments: fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. O’Connor has studied with some of the greatest players to hold the instrument, such as Benny Thomasson, Stephane Grappelli, Isaac Stern, and Itzhak Perlman. And today O’Connor is considered among the greatest living players on the instrument. Some of O’Connor’s albums—such as his collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Edgar Meyer, Appalachia Waltz and the Grammy Award winning Appalachian Journey—have straddled musical boundaries between classical music and acoustic roots music. These and other albums have showcased O’Connor’s compositions performed by the fiddler alongside some of the most skilled instrumentalists of his generation. Other albums featuring O’Connor’s compositions were recorded by leading classical orchestras and ensembles. He has produced a number of books of music instruction known as the O’Connor Method. He has contributed his compositions and his performances to accompany ballet and dance recitals and film soundtracks. After recording approximately 45 albums on his own that have sold millions of copies, O’Connor and his family—featuring his wife Maggie O’Connor (vocals, fiddle), son Forrest O’Connor (vocals, mandolin), future daughter-in-law Kate Lee (vocals, fiddle), as well as friends Joe Smart (guitar) and Geoff Saunders (bass)—in 2016 released Coming Home, one of the most popular bluegrass albums in recent years. In addition to bluegrass, O’Connor has played on hundreds of country music sessions and has participated in improvisatory jamming on albums of hot jazz and swing music.
Mark O’Connor’s 2016 album Coming Home recently won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is made possible by the support of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Food City, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Department of Housing & Economic Development, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Blue Ridge Beverage, Bluegrass Today, Oxford American, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Davenport & Co, Market Connections, SWVA, Virginia Living, Union Bank & Trust, CGI, David & Judie Reemsnyder, New Peoples Bank, Virginia State Parks, The Loafer, Bank of Marion, FocusOne Integrated Financial Planning, Abingdon Rotary Club, Bolling Wilson Hotel, Chantilly Farm, Forestland Group LLC, Mountain Lake Lodge. For the deaf and hard of hearing community, signing interpretation services can be made available if requested at least 21 days in advance of the concert. For requests received less than 21 days prior to the concert, every effort will be made for accommodations, but interpretation services are not guaranteed. To request services or for more information contact The Crooked Road office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 276-492-2409.