"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 Records!
“We Just Happened To Fly” Mark and Maggie O’Connor is an Americana song written by Mark O’Connor and Joe Henry. The lyric deals with the idea of a couple taking a leap of faith together—holding hands, hearts entwined and believing they can fly. The acoustic guitar and violin along with a driving upright bass and drum set find the beating heart of these words with a certain inevitability—as if their meaning could’ve never gone any other way. A beautifully produced music video of the song shows Mark and Maggie alone on a wooden deck atop a forested mountain singing together and playing their instruments hand-in-hand as they take flight. https://onerpm.link/wejusthappenedtofly
Verbovaya Doschechka is a well-known old Ukrainian folk song. At the outset of the war one year ago, Mark and Maggie O'Connor participated in an online-performance of this song with members of the Kiev Symphony recording their violin parts from basements turned bunkers attempting to shield themselves from Russian missiles. Mark and Maggie were so moved by this musical experience and the beauty of this piece of music that Mark arranged it for two violins to honor the hopes and safety of the Ukrainian people at this time. @ViolinistsSupportUkraine https://onerpm.link/ukrainianfolksong