"Mark and Maggie O'Connor
"Mark and Maggie O’Connor: American Classics identifies the cornerstones of repertoire, style and wonderful diversity of A New American School of String Playing. Mining a huge body of repertoire that has made its impact on American music, the selected tunes and arrangements by Mr. O'Connor represent stylistic importance, pedagogical value and have timeless appeal. The program offers a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin/fiddle solos and duos, with additional original music by Mr. O'Connor on violin, guitar and mandolin and augmented by Americana vocal song treatments. Audiences will find themselves inspired by the songbook of America as they have never heard it before.
New Releases 2023 — Singles and Music Videos through ONErpm/OMAC Records!
With this year’s collection of songs already released by Mark and Maggie O’Connor, their new song finds Mark composing his music to lyrics written by Maggie, the duo’s lead vocalist. Her life-long love of horses with their contribution to mankind provides an unbroken motif for Ride Towards Home. With Mark’s roughhewn guitar refrain, Maggie’s get up and go violin solos, and the true-hearted Americana-country groove kicked in by an upright bass and drum set compliments of Nashville studio veterans Dennis Crouch and John Gardner, the musical tapestry fosters Maggie’s testament and passion—a gratitude for times past; Feathered manes and war stained saddles; Pulling carts for wounded men; and her real-time restlessness—the chorus’ refrain: Wild horses please carry me—In an everlasting ride towards home.