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Playlist of Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, Mark O'Connor

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  • Chet Atkins, Mark OConnor, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Rob Wasserman

    3:58

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    Frets Magazine readers poll winners - early 1980s. Ralph Emery - Nashville Now - TNN

    Limehouse Blues: Chet Atkins, Mark O'Connor, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Rob Wasserman

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  • Stéphane Grappelli and David Grisman - Sweet Georgia Brown official HQ video

    3:49

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    At the end of Stéphane Grappelli and bands show at The Great American Music Hall, July 7, 1982, they were joined by David Grisman and band for Sweet Georgia Brown.

    As it is pretty obvious they were really hitting it off together. They had been been playing together before, and that collaboration yielded the Stephane Grappelli/David Grisman - Live album that is, just like this show, very much recommended.

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  • The Most Explosive Blues Violin Solo On Film - In the Cluster Blues Mark OConnor

    9:28

    Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio on Mountain Stage

    'In the Cluster Blues' written by Mark O'Connor

    FZ: Hearing you play the blues on the violin seems so natural. How long have you been exploring the blues and what do you do or how do you accomplish that sound on the violin?

    MOC: Since I was a kid, 11 years-old. I played the blues all the time on my fiddle, and older folks would say, how is that boy playing the blues! I'll be darned! The blues though is what I heard, or more to the point, what I felt. It spoke to how hard a time I had dealing with stuff. It felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. I am quite serious given my family situation - raging alcoholic/abusive father, a dying mother and severe bullying at school. It was only my music that saved me my life, I can promise you that.

    FZ: In this version of In the Cluster Blues you really go for it with the
    wails, screams, struggles...a lot of intensity!! Where do you find that inspiration, your childhood? Did you have to dig deep, and/or is there an experience you think about to create this kind of expression?

    MOC: Well there is the childhood, which parts of it I will never escape completely. But some other very painful things have developed since then. The name of the tune... I named it in the cluster. That is specific. Have you ever heard of cluster migraine? I have a chronic case, a curse really. The head pain comes in clusters and during those times, it is relentless pain. Look it up! Dubbed the suicide headache! I pray that no one experiences these. My ability to play this way like I do, is channeling the pain that I have and forcing it from myself. The screams, the wails. And then the loneliness of the melody at the end when the pain finally subsides. The blues is my autobiography and salvation. Overcoming great odds to make it and survive. Just to make music and please the others around me you know. That is what I was meant to do, and I needed that in my life.

    Hot Swing Trio (2004)
    Mark O'Connor - Violin
    Frank Vignola - Guitar
    Jon Burr - Bass

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  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Mark OConnor, mandolin An Appalachian Christmas

    2:47


    Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas

    It Came Upon A Midnight Clear - Mark O'Connor, mandolin (An Appalachian Christmas). Performed in Myers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC (Thank you to Reverend Ben Boswell)

    Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas on tour

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  • Mark OConnor with Johnny Gimble - Fiddlin Around

    5:14

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    Fiddlin Around - Johnny Gimble & Mark O'Connor (from the Mark O'Connor Warner Bros. Heroes

    While holding a workshop in Augusta, Johnny was asked how to get into recording session work, Johnny answered:
    work hard, learn different styles, practice for hours every day.....and if Mark O'Connor is out of town maybe you'll get a call.

    Music Director: Mark O'Connor - TNN

    American Music Shop Band
    Mark O'Connor; violin, bandleader and music director
    Jerry Douglas; Dobro, Lap Steel
    Brent Mason/Brent Rowan; Guitars
    John Jarvis/Matt Rollings; Keyboards;
    Glen Worf; Bass
    Harry Stinson; Drums, Background Vocals

    Producer; Rusty Wilcoxen
    Director; Dennis Globe
    Sound Mixer; Kim Raymer
    Executive Producer, Show Creator; Brian O'Neill
    American Music Shop on TNN in Nashville featured Mark O'Connor as bandleader accompanying various musical guests each week. (1990-1993)

    Chicago Tribune
    Television.
    Tnn's `American Music Shop' Brings Top Performers Together
    July 03, 1993|By Wayne Bledsoe, Scripps-Howard News Service.

    NASHVILLE — On a network filled with music, The American Music Shop stands out.

    Nearly every show of the Nashville Network's American Music Shop (9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Tuesdays, TNN) is an event: Country diva Emmylou Harris performs with new star Trisha Yearwood; legendary singer-songwriter John Prine trades songs with upcoming singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding; young country star Dwight Yoakam picks with bluegrass great Ralph Stanley; Ireland's foremost band, the Chieftains, performs with Ricky Skaggs and Chet Atkins.

    It's a show where individual music artists perform together, often for the first time, backed up by some of the best session players in music.

    On one recent show, the host was Nanci Griffith, and it includes some of Griffith's favorite songwriters-Janis Ian, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker and Frank Christiansen.

    Backstage, at a television studio in Opryland, there is a happy buzz. The artists joke, eat and prepare for their parts on the show, while the artists' management and TNN employees keep things moving. On the soundstage, the house band runs through the night's numbers.

    American Music Shop premiered in March 1990. The show's creator and executive producer, Brian O'Neill, says the idea was to make each week's musical host a person known to most country music fans, then slip in lesser known talented artists-most often people whom the host liked. That way, he says, both the audience and the artists win.

    The show, TNN's fourth most popular program, seems to be a particular favorite among other musicians.

    It doesn't hurt that the members of the house band have followings in their own right.

    Led by master violinist, guitarist, mandolinist Mark O'Connor, the band includes Jerry Douglas, a man who has nearly reinvented the dobro; guitarist Brent Mason; bassist Glen Worf; drummer Harry Stinson; and keyboardists John Jarvis and Matt Rollings.

    In developing the show, I sold the network on getting the very best possible house band that we could get, O'Neill says.

    And that was going to be part of the draw for the show-at least from the artist's perspective.

    O'Connor, probably the most popular session musician in Nashville at the time, was thrilled with the prospect.

    He says the show offered the first chance for television audiences to get a look at how Nashville's studio musicians work.

  • Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, Mark OConnor - The Johnny Carson Show

    7:27

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    Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, Mark O'Connor on the Johnny Carson Show (The Tonight Show - 1979)

    Stephane Grappelli - Violin
    David Grisman - Mandolin
    Mark O'Connor - Guitar
    Mike Marshall - Mandolin
    Rob Wasserman - Bass

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  • Tiger Rag

    4:57

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    Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger) (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Eddie Edwards
    Lyricist: Harry DeCosta
    Composer: Henry Ragas
    Composer: Nick LaRocca
    Composer: Tony Sbarbaro

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  • Shine

    5:19

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    Shine (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Cecil Mack
    Composer: Ford Dabney
    Composer: Lew Brown

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  • Misty

    6:21

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    Misty (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Erroll Garner
    Lyricist: Johnny Burke

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  • Pent-Up House

    4:39

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    Pent-Up House (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Sonny Rollins

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  • Satin Doll

    7:37

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    Satin Doll (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Billy Strayhorn
    Composer: Duke Ellington
    Lyricist: Johnny Mercer

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  • Swing 42

    4:01

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    Swing '42 (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Django Reinhardt

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  • Sweet Georgia Brown

    5:14

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    Sweet Georgia Brown (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: Ben Bernie
    Lyricist: Kenneth Casey
    Composer: Maceo Pinkard

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  • Medley: Tzigani / Fisztorza / Fulginiti

    5:43

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    Medley: Tzigani / Fisztorza / Fulginiti (Live) · Stephane Grappelli · David Grisman

    Stephane Grappelli and David Grisman Live

    ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

    Engineer: Bill Wolf
    Co-ordinator Production: Craig Miller
    Mandolin, Performance, Sleeve Note Writer: David Grisman
    Producer: David Grisman
    Digital Masterer: Lee Herschberg
    Guitar, Violin: Mark O'Connor
    Guitar, Mandolin: Mike Marshall
    Bass: Rob Wasserman
    Performance, Violin: Stephane Grappelli
    Mandolin: Tiny Moore
    Composer: David Grisman

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  • 【CGUBA282】David Grisman Quartet with Stephane Grappelli 09/21/1979

    1:18:17

    My Father's Place, Long Island, NY

    Song List:
    01 - Punk Sizzle
    02 - Grey Eagle
    03 - Ricochet
    04 - Sea of Cortez
    05 - Cedar Hill
    06 - Shine
    07 - It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
    08 - Dawgma
    09 - Minor Swing
    10 - Swing 42
    11 - King of The Gypsy's Medley
    12 - Swing Medley (stephane on piano)
    13 - Hold That Tiger
    14 - Limehouse Blues
    15 - Sweet Georgia Brown

    Musicians:
    ・David Grisman (Mandolin)
    ・Mike Marshall (Mandolin)
    ・Marc O'Connor (Guitar)
    ・Rob Wasserman (Bass)
    ・Stephane Grappelli (Violin)
    【CGUBA282】David Grisman Quartet with Stephane Grappelli 9/21/1979
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  • David Grisman Quintet featuring Mark OConnor play on Austin City Limits

    8:57

    David Grisman Quintet featuring Mark O'Connor (guitar) Darol Anger (violin) Mike Marshall (mandolin) and Rob Wasserman (bass) play Grisman's original Dawg's Rag on the Austin City Limits television show, 1980.

    For a period of 18 months from 1979 - 1980, this line up of DGQ toured the U.S. and released an album on Warner Bros. Records called Quintet 80. During the shows O'Connor (the youngest musician here on this video at just 18 years-old) always played at least one piece on violin, but his role was guitarist and original member Darol Anger the violinist.

    Notice at 6:37, as O'Connor begins his guitar solo, his string snaps and one can hear this audibly. The high E string of the guitar came lose from the end pin and dropped all the way down to where it was flopping. You can see O'Connor attempting to figure out what to do as he continued his solo on national television. Beginning on the lower strings, he mutes some with his right hand, then gestured towards David Grisman as if he was going to give his solo back to him. Grisman does not respond and continues to play rhythm not really knowing what happened. Then O'Connor turns away from the mic and within a period of three seconds (from 7:01 to 7:04) the high E string is perfectly back in tune for the remainder of the solo. This very moment back in 1980 helped solidify O'Connor's reputation as a young star whose ability as a great young musician was growing. These few seconds were the talk of the show to many guitar players watching at the time. Many experts just could not believe that O'Connor could tune the string during his solo from its floppy state to the precise pitch in an instant, without the ability to even hear it while the band was playing loudly.

    The guitar O'Connor is playing here was newly made for him - a Somogyi from Berklee, California. Years later, Somogyi lost all of his instruments and guitar wood in a fire at his shop. O'Connor donated his guitar back to the luthier upon finding out about this news.


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  • Stéphane Grappelli & David Grisman - Satin Doll

    7:35

    Satin Doll is one of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings.

    In this live session, the french violinist (which has long played with Django Reinhardt) is playing with the mandolinist David Grisman's band.

    Stephane Grappelli & David Grisman Live, released in 1981, was recorded live on September 20, 1979 at Berklee center, Boston.

    Personnel :


    Stephane Grappelli - violin
    David Grisman – mandolin
    Tiny Moore - electric mandolin
    Mark O'Connor - guitar, violin
    Rob Wasserman - bass
    Mike Marshall - guitar, mandolin

  • Stéphane Grappelli & David Grisman - Misty

    6:21

    Misty is one of the most exciting of the many Stephane Grappelli recordings.

    In this live session, the french violinist (which has long played with Django Reinhardt) is playing with the mandolinist David Grisman's band.

    Stephane Grappelli & David Grisman Live, released in 1981, was recorded live on September 20, 1979 at Berklee center, Boston.

    Personnel :

    Stephane Grappelli - violin
    David Grisman – mandolin
    Tiny Moore - electric mandolin
    Mark O'Connor - guitar, violin
    Rob Wasserman - bass
    Mike Marshall - guitar, mandolin

  • Stephane Grappelli - Fiddler Hall of Fame posthumous induction - Mark OConnor

    3:29


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    Mark O'Connor speaking about his teacher and mentor, the great jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, and accepting his posthumous induction into the Fiddler Hall of Fame, Tulsa, OK, April 10th, 2016.

    O'Connor auditioned for Grappelli in 1979 at age 17 and won the opportunity to perform violin duets with him as well as play guitar as accompanist for him on a national tour with David Grisman. Highlights resulted in a Carnegie Hall performance as well as an album recorded live at Berklee College Performance Center.

    O'Connor invited his mentor Stephane Grappelli to perform two duets on his Heroes album on Warner Bros Records in 1992.

    Grappelli figures prominently in O'Connor's method book series as his own mentor and violin player to emulate. Transcriptions, photos and written histories that include Grappelli are a part of the learning pages and pedagogy for A New American School of String Playing.

    The O'Connor Method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra. Music from United States, Mexico, Latin American and Canada. American Classical Music, Hoedowns, Blues, Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Bach, Baroque, Hymns, Bluegrass, Folk Songs, Rock, Ranchero, Jigs, Choros, modern compositions and much more. Technique, Solo, Ensemble, String Orchestra, Classics, Creativity, Improvisation, Cultural Diversity, Music of different eras, Individual expression. 500 hundred years of music for the violin and strings that creates relevance to the 21st century.

    O'Connor Method Book II featuring 20 pieces of music for Middle and High School Orchestra programs (also available on the cd America On Strings OMAC Records.). Boogie Woogie composed for the O'Connor Method Orchestra Book I. All O'Connor Method books available at

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    Multi Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor has authored the fastest growing string method in a generation and based upon much research, testing and artistic skills.

    Why music matters to us as a culture, as students, and why American music and its applications are finally well suited for string playing as opposed to Mozart and Vivaldi only. Research in the creative process, relationships to other arts and disciplines, logical sequencing for acquisition of tonal and rhythmic concepts of “An American School of String Paying” is designed to expand the knowledge, skill level, and musical language of the 21st century string player. By engaging in a comprehensive study of American musical literature, styles, and performance techniques, informed by the expressiveness, creativity, and cultural diversity characteristic of the Americas, students will become equipped for today’s changing musical environment. Conceptual understanding has come to be of significant importance when learning a musical instrument than previously thought, therefore “finding meaning” is central to teaching. We can do that by mental representations, which is central to music making. Generative activities and organization of materials has been what is lacking for string students until now. The fact that most of us start children on a string instrument as young as 4 and 5 years old makes it even more important to have better methodologies for training young people. I love to speak to audiences, especially non- musicians on how exciting this is. Most of us wish for our kids to learn music so this important to all of us and to the future of our culture. –Mark O’Connor

    The O'Connor Method String Camp, Charlotte. Directed by Mark and Maggie O'Connor and hosted in Charlotte, NC. Enroll at


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  • Albuquerque Turkey Mark OConnor sits in w. David Grisman

    6:01





    Albuquerque Turkey (David Grisman)

    Violin - Mark O'Connor
    Mandolin - David Grisman
    Guitar - John Carlini
    Percussion - Joe Carven
    Bass - Jim Kerwin

    Wow, this is a real classic from the archives... Mark O'Connor sitting in with David Grisman, Joe Craven, John Carlini, Jim Kerwin, playing the Albuquerque Turkey. For those who were there (like me), David let Mark keep going as oft he did, and a good trade-off with the dawg at the end. Sorry for the poor video processing...

    video: Tom Etheridge, 1989

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  • Stephane Grappelli / David Grisman: Sweet Georgia Brown

    5:14

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  • Exclusive Footage Heroes Album feat. Mark OConnor, Stephane Grappelli, Pinchas Zukerman and more

    9:33


    Behind the scenes film from 1992, of the violinists recording for the double Grammy nominated album Heroes. Featured players are Kenny Baker, Byron Berline, Johnny Gimble, Stephane Grappelli, Buddy Spicher, L. Shankar, Vassar Clements, Pinchas Zukerman, Doug Kershaw, Jean-Luc Ponty and Charlie Daniels.


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  • Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mark OConnor & Edgar Myer Live on the Lonesome Pine Special HQ

    57:12

    Mark O'Connor, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas & Edgar Myer Live on the Lonesome Pine Special

  • Mark OConnor and the new Nashville cats

    57:32

    Lonesome Pine Special, Louisville, Kentucky. 1990

    Set list:
    00:23 Bowtie
    03:15 Swang
    10:25 A bowl of bula
    17:43 Quartet for Viloin, viola, cello and double bass
    25:40 Fidula Caprice
    28:18 Guitar medley
    32:30 Duet in F minor
    37:18 Lime rock
    40:25 Orange blossom special
    47:14 Now it belongs to you
    52:58 Sweet georgia brown

    Line up:
    Mark O'Connor: Fiddle, guitar, mandoline
    Grace Mihi Bahng: Cello
    Paul Franklin: Pedal steel
    David Hungate: Bass
    John Barlow Jarvis: Piano
    Paul Leim: Drums
    Brent Mason: Electric guitar
    Terry McMillan: Percussion, harmonica
    Edgar Meyer: Bass
    Kathryn Plummer: Viola
    Steve Wariner: Guitar, vocals
    Victor Wooten: Bass

    #markoconnor #victorwooten #brentmason

  • Mark O Connors Hot Swing - Backstage at Mountain Stage

    8:55

    Interview with Mark O'Connor Backstage at Mountain Stage with host Larry Groce. Visit NPR.org/mountainstage to hear the complete segment and find a radio station in your area at MountainStage.org .

  • Macedonia - Mark OConnor Band Live!

    5:57

    From the CD, Mark O'Connor Band Live!
    Available at iTunes:
    The Mark O'Connor Band
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    Macedonia (composed by Mark O'Connor and Sam Bush)

    OMAC Records - OMAC-22 (Released June 7th, 2017)

    Mark O'Connor - mandolin
    Forrest O'Connor - mandolin
    Maggie O'Connor - fiddle
    Kate Lee O'Connor - fiddle
    Joe Smart - guitar
    Geoff Saunders - upright bass


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  • When a violin player-composer, plays Bach. Mark OConnor - G Minor Presto

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    When a violin player-composer, plays Bach. Many violinists approach Bach only as a violinist, but not as a creative musician and composer. Mark O’Connor performs Bach’s G Minor “Presto” for this recording, transcription available in O’Connor Method Book V? #Bach #Violin #songsofcomfort

    Bach Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor Presto by Mark O'Connor, as featured in O'Connor Method Book V - encouraging players to be creative with Bach. Here we have an American violin interpretation of Bach.

    There are Bach scholars who admit that the repeats of each part gave Bach the opportunity to improvise and to create other variations with the material on his violin - an art form wholly lost with modern day classical violinists. Here, the final repeat is at Bach's presto tempo he demanded of himself to perform, with some additional doublestop chords included. The use of more 1st and 2nd position passage work than status quo renditions bring more string crosses, chordal hand shapes, as well as employing open strings to create polyphony and to produce the rhythmic and dance-like phrasing. (There are very few fingerings in any Bach violin score, but there are a few, so if there were any shifts to 3rd and 4th position on the lower strings, he most likely would have indicated those) The fiddle tells the stories and becomes the spirit of the dance, thus more dynamic and emotional range is created.

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    The solo violin compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) are among the greatest contributions to musical literature ever written. Regarded as the father of western harmony and counterpoint, Bach and his music – together with the stories of his own performances, improvisation and great violin playing – create an important artistic bridge from western European musical culture to the Americas.


    For more than a century there has been conjecture concerning Bach's intentions for his solo violin music. Many serious students of classical music take pride in using Bach’s bowings and articulation verbatim even though experts agree that the Baroque era was filled with improvising musicians and player-composers. One could question whether Bach envisioned an entire population of future musicians discovering his music from the single handwritten manuscripts he left of each piece. And further, one has to imagine if he could have foreseen the mass copying, engraving and publishing of his music not experienced in his lifetime.



    “Yes, this movement is not unlike one of your amazing fast pieces! Your rendition is certainly musical, interesting, and violinistic, and has a personal style…Yours suits your unique take and feeling in your bow arm , which is one of the finest ever. There are many older editions made by great violinists and pedagogues like Bronstein, Joachim, Dounis, Busch, Auer, who have also changed the bowings and devised fingerings to suit their contemporary style and personal understanding of the music. Most of the older virtuosi like Milstein and Heifetz also freely changed what Bach wrote to suit their style of performing. So, in that tradition, your edition has validity.” - Daniel Phillips



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  • Mark OConnor and Jerry Douglas Fiddle and Dobro Duet

    5:43

    Hauntingly beautiful duet performed on American Music Shop by fiddle and dobro virtuosos Mark O'Connor and Jerry Douglas. I don't know the name of this piece.

  • Best 13-year old fiddler, Mark OConnor plays Tom and Jerry on the Porter Wagoner Show

    3:12

    A very young Mark O'Connor on The Porter Wagoner Show in 1975 after he won the Grand Masters Fiddler's Championship at age 13. O'Connor'r record as the youngest Grand Master fiddle champion still stands 44 years later.


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  • Ashokan Farewell Mark OConnor / Kelly Hall-Tompkins - OConnor Method IV

    4:07



    Ashokan Farewell Violin Duet recording session in NYC. Music from the O'Connor Method Book IV. A New American School of String Playing

    The O'Connor Method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra. Music from United States, Mexico, Latin American and Canada. American Classical Music, Hoedowns, Blues, Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Bach, Baroque, Hymns, Bluegrass, Folk Songs, Rock, Ranchero, Jigs, Choros, modern compositions and much more. Technique, Solo, Ensemble, String Orchestra, Classics, Creativity, Improvisation, Cultural Diversity, Music of different eras, Individual expression. 500 hundred years of music for the violin and strings that creates relevance to the 21st century.

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    Ashokan Farewell is Jay Ungar's composition and modern day classic. His own recording of the piece was used in Ken Burn's Civil War PBS Television Series in 1990. Approximately 40 million viewers watched it during its initial broadcast, making it the most-watched program ever to air on PBS. This two-violin version was arranged by Mark O'Connor and Pinchas Zukerman, transcribed from their 1992 recording of it on O'Connor's Heroes album for the O'Connor Method Book IV and its companion CD MOC 4

    This video is the actual footage from the professional CD recording session. Violin students can see the performers as they record the very rendition that Mark O'Connor authored for his Method and is included in Book IV. O'Connor and Lark played through a matched pair of Neumann M49 microphones circa 1953, the very two microphones that O'Connor used for his multi Grammy nominated Heroes album in 1992, pairing him with his own violin heroes.

    Recorded February, 5th, 2014 at Sean Swinney Studios, New York City
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  • Mark OConnor/Bela Fleck/Sam Bush/Tony Rice - Whitehouse Blues Merlefest 1991

    4:32

    Mark O'Connor, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas and Mark Schatz plays Whitehouse Blues at Merlefest, NC, 1991.

    “Have you heard any of the stuff that was done by the group of myself and Sam, and Bela and Flux, and Mark O’Connor? Have you heard any of that stuff? It was back at MerleFest, there’s quite a bit of footage of us playing live. There’s tunes like Freeborn Man and Nine Pound Hammer, were - you talk about an ensemble. And uh – I don’t know – Mark O’Connor playing that bluegrass fiddle like that was just absolutely mind-blowing. I’ll go and get on my computer and listen to that stuff and listen to him paying the solos in Freeborn Man and Nine Pound Hammer – listen to Jerry Douglas’s solos and I think Jesus, this is just amazing shit.” –Tony Rice (taken from “A Conversation with Tony Rice directed by Jan Johansson, in 2019)

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  • Mark OConnor - Instrument Interview: Violin

    7:34

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  • The Star-Spangled Banner - Mark O’Connor

    2:05


    The Star-Spangled Banner
    Mark O’Connor – Violin
    (Arranged by Mark O’Connor)

    Filmed at the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 17th, 2017.



  • Mark OConnor : Caprice No. 1

    3:35

    Caprices No.'s 1-6 for unaccompanied violin are among Mark O'Connor's most critically acclaimed work. Receiving great interest from performers, teachers and students of the violin, O'Connor has contributed music here which will challenge even the most gifted virtuoso. O'Connor's caprices, like Nicolo Paganini's before and Pietre Locatelli before him, push the violin into a new direction, musically and technically, furthering the possibilities of the instrument. It was featured on O'Connor's 1997 recording Midnight on the Water.

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  • Libertango - Mark OConnor Duo with Maggie OConnor

    3:22


    From the cd Duo

    Libertango composed by Astor Piazzolla, arr. by Mark O'Connor

    Mark O'Connor - Violin
    Maggie O'Connor - Violin

    Video Directed by Forrest O'Connor
    Assisted by Jim Shirey

    Libertango

    The tango music genre was developed in the 1890s near the border of Argentina and Uruguay in South America. This particular tango, Libertango, was composed by the legendary American composer, bandleader, and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla. The version arranged for two violins, draws upon traditional tango ensemble instrumentation but is quite uncharacteristic of tango violin performance. Bandoneon chords are adapted to the violin as moving double-stops, which function as counterpoint or accompaniment to the main melody. Sometimes, these double-stop chords are played by both violins an octave apart, creating a powerful wave of rhythm and harmony. At other times, the 2nd violin mimics the guitar by employing four-note strummed chords. Overall, this violin duet version of Libertango is designed to emulate the sound of Piazzolla’s Octeto. -Mark O'Connor

    Music from the cd Duo and sheet music available in - O'Connor Method Book V and Seven Violin Duos) A New American School of String Playing

    Album notes writer Professor Péter Kováts, a Bartok-Pasztory Award winner violinist from Hungary, compared Mark O’Connor’s duo compositions/arrangements to those of classical composer great Bela Bartok; “The roots of Mark O’Connor's compositions are in the traditional American fiddling styles, and I am sure his unique and excellent settings will serve the same goal that Bela Bartók’s Duos serve. Being a concert violinist and university violin pedagogue, I welcome the birth of these fantastic O’Connor Duos and wish great success for them!”

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    Mark and Maggie use D'Addario Strings
    *Filmed in Twyla Tharp's home dance floor and balcony in New York City. Thank you so much Twyla!

  • College Hornpipe - Mark OConnor Duo with Maggie OConnor

    2:20

    Film directed by Forrest O'Connor. A classic fiddle tune!

    From the cd Duo

    College Hornpipe Public Domain, arr. by Mark O'Connor

    Mark O'Connor - Violin
    Maggie O'Connor - Violin

    Video Directed by Forrest O'Connor
    Assisted by Jim Shirey

    College Hornpipe

    The earliest known version of College Hornpipe can be found in a collection of 120 hornpipes published in the British Isles during the mid-1700s. The tune became a mainstay in the Texas-style old-time fiddle genre, which developed during the mid-20th century and which was one of the first genres I delved into once I started playing fiddle. Texas fiddling fascinated me at a young age because it seemed to be the most advanced, comprehensive, creative, and virtuosic of all the traditional fiddling genres. Much of that can be attributed to Benny Thomasson – widely regarded the dean of Texas fiddlers – whose variations on traditional tunes were complex, mesmerizing, and groundbreaking. This version of College Hornpipe features a combination of Benny’s and my variations from the days I took lessons from him. -Mark O'Connor

    Music from the cd Duo and sheet music available in - O'Connor Method Book V and Seven Violin Duos) A New American School of String Playing

    Album notes writer Professor Péter Kováts, a Bartok-Pasztory Award winner violinist from Hungary, compared Mark O’Connor’s duo compositions/arrangements to those of classical composer great Bela Bartok; “The roots of Mark O’Connor's compositions are in the traditional American fiddling styles, and I am sure his unique and excellent settings will serve the same goal that Bela Bartók’s Duos serve. Being a concert violinist and university violin pedagogue, I welcome the birth of these fantastic O’Connor Duos and wish great success for them!”

    The O'Connor Method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra. Music from United States, Mexico, Latin American and Canada. American Classical Music, Hoedowns, Blues, Spirituals, Ragtime, Jazz, Bach, Baroque, Hymns, Bluegrass, Folk Songs, Rock, Ranchero, Jigs, Choros, modern compositions and much more. Technique, Solo, Ensemble, String Orchestra, Classics, Creativity, Improvisation, Cultural Diversity, Music of different eras, Individual expression. 500 hundred years of music for the violin and strings that creates relevance to the 21st century.

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    Mark and Maggie use D'Addario Strings

  • The Beatles I Will by Alison Krauss & Mark OConnor

    3:50

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    The Beatles I Will by Alison Krauss & Mark O'Connor (1991)

    Alison Krauss was inspired to play the fiddle from listening to her fiddle hero Mark O'Connor as a little girl. Which albums of Mark's did she listen to that inspired her to play? The first one O'Connor made at age 12 - National Junior Fiddle Champion, on Rounder Records. It was inevitable that they would grow up to be friends and perform together like they did on this wonderful rendition of I Will from London television.


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  • Mark OConnor/Steve Wariner - Now it Belongs to You

    4:10

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    Steve Wariner's song Now it Belongs to You written for Mark O'Connor and released on Mark's album in 2011 called An Appalachian Christmas.

    It also appears on Mark's New Nashville Cats album.


    Mark O'Connor An Appalachian Christmas
    featuring the Mark O'Connor Band

    2019 Tour - Mark O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas

    11/30 – Charlotte, NC (McGlohon Theater- Blumenthal)
    12/3 – Portland, OR (Newmark Theater)
    12/4 – Bend, OR (Tower Theater)
    12/5 – Yakima, WA (Seasons Performance Hall)
    12/6 – Everett, WA (Everett Historic Theater)
    12/8 – Tacoma, WA (Rialto Theater)
    12/10 – Spokane, WA (Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox)
    12/11 – Enterprise, OR (OK Theater)
    12/13 – Corvallis, OR (Whiteside Theater)
    12/14 – Grass Valley, CA (Center for the Arts Theater)
    12/15 – Stockton, CA (Warren Atherton Auditorium)
    12/16 – Santa Rosa, CA (Luther Burbank Center)
    12/17 – Orange, CA (Musco Performing Arts Center)
    12/19 – Farmington, NM (Henderson Center)
    12/21 - Crested Butte, CO (Center For The Arts)
    12/24 – Santa Fe, NM (Lensic Performance Arts Center)

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  • Borrowed Breaks Week 5 Dixie Breakdown

    2:56



    This was hands down the hardest tune I've had to learn in just one week. Hopefully it comes across okay. As always feel free to offer feedback in the comments. This weeks borrowed was Mark O'Connor's guitar break to Dixie Breakdown.

  • Mark OConnor and Chris Thile | Caprice No. 4 in D Major

    3:02

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    Mark O’Connor and Chris Thile pair up for a ridiculously difficult “Caprice No. 4 in D Major”. The recording takes place in front of a live audience at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University for O’Connor’s Grammy-nominated “Thirty-Year Retrospective” album on OMAC Records. The musicians reprised the piece for their performances at MerleFest, RockyGrass and their feature performance at Carnegie Hall. “Caprice No. 4” was composed by Mark O’Connor in 1992.









  • Best country band ever, Mark OConnor & The Nashville Cats - American Music Shop - Pick It Apart

    5:12

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    The band to beat! This is a short segment of the terrific music from The American Music Shop. (The show aired from 1990 to 1993)

    Leading the band is the legendary Grammy Award-winning Violinist and World-Class Fiddler: Mark O'Connor!

    Song: Pick it Apart by Mark O'Connor

    The New Nashville Cats Band:
    Mark O'Connor, Fiddle
    Matt Rollings, Keyboards
    Brent Mason, Electric Guitar
    Michael Rhodes, Electric Bass
    Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel
    Paul Leim, Drums
    Terry McMillan, Tambourine/Percussion

    Same band can be seen here on Swang

    The American Music Shop featured a different artist each week. Concerts were given in a small, intimate theater and recorded live. In addition to the artists' own bands, the American Music Shop band accompanied the performers, giving these concerts a unique sound. (Written by Jason A. Cormier - IMDB Website)


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  • The Fiddle Concertos jig | Mark OConnor Duo with Maggie OConnor, F.C.s Jig

    5:15

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    Composed by Mark O'Connor

    Violin - Mark O'Connor
    Violin - Maggie O'Connor

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  • The Dregs Reunion Tour 2018, Mark O’Connor sits in on The Bash in Charleston!

    8:42



    March 5th, 2018, Charleston, SC (Charleston Music Hall)

    Steve Morse – Guitar
    Mark O’Connor – Violin
    Allen Sloan – Violin
    Steve Davidowski – Keys
    Andy West – Bass
    Rod Morgenstein - Drums

    (iPhone video by Maggie O'Connor - who both met and saw The Dregs for the first time this concert)





  • Mark O´Connor´s Hot Swing Trio w. Jane Monheit - Honeysuckle Rose

    5:15

    album: Mark O´Connor´s Hot Swing Trio (w. Jane Monheit and Winton Marsalis) - In Full Swing (2003)

  • Mark OConnor and Edgar Meyer Duet Limerock

    2:32



    Limerock by Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer -1991
    Lonesome Pine Special, Louisville, KY

    Limerock - an old fiddle tune from Texas with two parts in the keys of A and D, was arranged by Cherokee Native American Bryant Houston adding a 3rd part in the key of E, and finally arranged by Texas fiddling pioneer Benny Thomasson adding additional parts in A and D. The duet here was arranged by string greats Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer.

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  • Mark OConnor & Bela Flecks Slopes performed by Strength in Numbers

    7:53

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    Mark O'Connor and Bela Fleck composed Slopes together for Strength in Numbers featuring Mark on guitar and Bela on Banjo.

    Sam Bush - Mandolin
    Jerry Douglas - Dobro
    Bela Fleck - Banjo
    Mark O'Connor - Violin, Guitar
    Edgar Meyer - Bass


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    The new moments - new excitement. A lot of people back then, and even now make a big deal about the technical virtuosity of the playing in Strength In Numbers... Frankly I never really believed that the magic was completely about that - there was an emotional spirit to most of the pieces and the music-making, that leaps beyond anything technical. I always believed that the reason why the album was so good, is that it captured a beautiful rebellion that only people like us in their 20s could have experienced. Now of course, it would not have happened without the technical facility of each player - but no instrumental group could exist without chops of course. That is why this was so much more I think. It was a willingness to listen to each others every bow and pick stroke, not because we had to in order to make it work... but because we absolutely needed to for our own growth and sense of discovery. In order for us to feel right about our musical world that we were beginning to approach as people who could actually end up making a difference. We achieved that through being creative.

    When we were talking about putting this on stage this Thursday for a 22-year reunion or something like that...at Telluride Bluegrass some were talking about covering the notes, each of us practicing with the tape until we saw each other the night before the big set... We could have tried to do it that way. But then we only had 10 songs, and two of people's favorites featured instruments I didn't play anymore (guitar and mandolin) and I co-wrote those two as well - it would have had to somehow grow and extend out from before - just logistically - in some form or fashion... Five creative players can't remain the same people they were. Five human beings - myself, who no longer plays the guitar. I realize now more than I ever did perhaps how good I was at the guitar, simply because it is gone from me now. Maybe chronic bursits and tendonitis in the right elbow that prevents me from controlling a flatpick with the precision I would require, ever again it looks like, makes you different. God said it was time to move. I would have to look in other directions to make up for the losses that life bestows. And of course I live a very rich life of music making in new settings. It is hard to go back, not impossible... but this weekend proved to me that the fluidity and power of creativity is stronger than we realize. It always wins, even though you just took one to the chin and one to the gut, the need to change, won the day, as we feel our loss of doing the reunion Thursday. -Mark O'Connor

  • Merle Haggard & Mark OConnor at the White House, President Reagan

    9:43




    In Performance at the White House series w/ Merle Haggard and Mark O'Connor performing at President Ronald Reagan's Ranch in California, May 5th, 1982

    Primary Guests
    Ronald Reagan
    Nancy Reagan
    Merle Haggard
    The Strangers
    Tiny Moore
    Norm Hamlet
    Stephane Grapelli
    Mark O'Connor
    Beverly Sills
    Director Kirk Browning

    Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Nancy,
    Haggard, Merle
    Moore, Tiny
    Grappelli, Stephane
    O'Connor, Mark
    Sills, Beverly

    Description Contents: opens with footage of various musicians and artists performing outdoors with ‘Young Artists In Performance at the White House’ title card / (02:29) Beverly Sills provides voiceover intro to the program and welcome to President Ronald Reagan’s “Rancho Sierra Grande” in California where the concert will take place / (03:58) Outside on ranch, under covered pavilion****, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan walk through the crowd and the First Lady takes the stage to announce the show and guest Merle Haggard, Mark O’ Connor / (07:03) Merle Haggard takes the stage to join the Strangers, puts on guitar, and begins “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”/ (10:52) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Silver Wings” / (14:13) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Workin’ Man Blues” / (18:11) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “My Favorite Memory” / (21:17) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Footlights” / (25:34) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Okie from Muskogee” / (28:38) Beverly Sills comes onstage and asks Haggard about where his style of music comes from, and Haggard says it comes may roots and then talks about his newfound affinity for ‘Big Band’ music and says he will do one and suggests “Pennies from Heaven” / (30:57) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Pennies from Heaven” / (33:18) video segment of Merle Haggard on his house boat on Lake Shasta / (33:21) Haggard talking about his family and upbringing, the influence of Bob Wills, and what one must give up for fame / (35:28) Haggard, still on lake, talks about fiddle player Mark O’Connor / (35:45) Stephane Grapelli discusses Mark O’Connor’s talent / (36:12) video footage of national fiddle competitions with voiceover form Beverly Sills and interview with competition judge Herman Johnson (37:15) Byron Berline, another competition judge talks about Mark O’ Connor’s talent followed by O’Connor onstage / (38:00) cut back to Haggard on the lake talking about O’Connor / (38:17) cut to ranch stage performance with Mark O’Connor on fiddle performing unidentified song / (42:25) Beverly Sills comes onstage and interviews Mark O’Connor / (43:08) Fiddle Instrumental with Mark O'Connor, Merle Haggard, both on fiddle and many band members on fiddle / (48:27) President Ronald Reagan comes to the stage and thanks Merle Haggard and Mark O’Connor and Beverly Sills for bringing together such a group, and asks America to take pride in this type of creativity that can only come from freedom and closes by asking Haggard to do a couple more/ (52:10) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Are the Good Times Really Over” / (55:48) Merle Haggard and the Strangers “Rainbow Stew” / (57:00) credits begin to roll while performance continues in background

    SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif., March 7— The country-western singer Merle Haggard, who spent nearly three years in San Quentin Prison for attempted burglary and who was later pardoned by the Governor of California, sang today for the man who pardoned him, President Reagan.

    ''I hope the President will be as pleased with my performance today as I was with his pardon 10 years ago,'' Mr. Haggard said before the concert. Commenting through his deputy press secretary, Larry Speakes, the President said that although ''Merle Haggard's music is now the heart and soul of America,'' the pardon was ''routine'' and had simply ''come up through the system.''

    The President and Mrs. Reagan and 400 invited guests sat on bales of hay in a tin-roofed arena at the Sierra Grande Ranch in the Santa Ynez Mountains three hours north of Los Angeles by car, listening to Mr. Haggard perform such foot-stomping, flag-waving songs as ''Okie From Muskogee'' and ''Are the Good Times Really Over?'' Under an overcast sky on a chilly day, Mr. Haggard was joined on the makeshift stage by Mark O'Connor, a tall and scrawny 20-year-old fiddler who has already won the grand national fiddle championship three consecutive times. -New York Times (May 8, 1982)


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  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Mark OConnor Duo with Maggie OConnor

    3:03


    From the cd Duo

    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Public Domain, arr. by Mark O'Connor

    Mark O'Connor - Violin
    Maggie O'Connor - Violin

    Video Directed by Forrest O'Connor
    Assisted by Jim Shirey

    Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

    African American spirituals, which were written primarily by plantation slave workers during the 18th and 19th centuries, are some of the most compelling and historically significant pieces of American music. After hearing the Fisk Jubilee Singers perform one night, composer Antonin Dvorak felt that spirituals seemed the perfect source material for American classical music. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, was indeed one of his favorites. For the violin duet arrangement of the spiritual, I draw inspiration from many sources. The melodic rhythm is inspired by Johnny Cash’s vocal interpretation of the spiritual. The tempo (fast), key (B major), and “chop” technique are characteristic of bluegrass; indeed, there is an entire verse in which both violins chop the melody from double-stop chords. In another verse, the players actually sing the lyrics in unison (or octaves) while bowing double-stop chords, an approach influenced partly by old-time fiddling and singing. The coda features a fairly typical “Alleluia” ritard. -Mark O'Connor

    Music from the cd Duo and sheet music available in - O'Connor Method Book V and Seven Violin Duos) A New American School of String Playing

    Album notes writer Professor Péter Kováts, a Bartok-Pasztory Award winner violinist from Hungary, compared Mark O’Connor’s duo compositions/arrangements to those of classical composer great Bela Bartok; “The roots of Mark O’Connor's compositions are in the traditional American fiddling styles, and I am sure his unique and excellent settings will serve the same goal that Bela Bartók’s Duos serve. Being a concert violinist and university violin pedagogue, I welcome the birth of these fantastic O’Connor Duos and wish great success for them!”

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    Mark and Maggie use D'Addario Strings
    Filmed in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem, New York

  • The O’Connor Band Ruby Are You Mad At Your Man

    4:00

    The O’Connor Band performing Ruby Are You Mad At Your Man at Music City Roots Live From The Factory on 8.10.2016

  • Mandolin Virtuoso Classic A Bowl Of Bula by Mark OConnor

    6:12



    Mark O'Connor composed 'A Bowl of Bula' on a trip to the Figi Islands in 1984 (Bula means 'good cheer'), and it has since become a Newgrass Mandolin classic. The tune's most celebrated version appears on O'Connor's 'New Nashville Cats.' An earlier version was recorded in 1985 for O'Connor's 'Meanings Of.'

    In early variants of what was to become Strength in Numbers, 'A Bowl of Bula' was a standard to close the shows with. Often times O'Connor would switch from mandolin to violin for the closing solo if Sam Bush was in the line up to cover the mandolin part. Here in this television performance, Jerry Douglas takes the final closing solo over the catchy Bula refrain.

    Mark O'Connor - mandolin
    Bela Fleck - banjo
    Jerry Douglas - dobro
    Mark Schatz - bass

    Recorded 1987; Kentucky Educational Television's The Lonesome Pine Specials; recorded at the Kentucky Center for the Arts; producer Richard Van Kleeck; director Clark Santee.

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