“The Mark O’Connor Band is the real deal. Mark is a musical genius and has been a pioneer in the bluegrass and Americana community. He has collaborated across so many different genres, while still being recognized in his own stratosphere for his conquering of the fiddle, and that is something I truly admire. Now together with his whole band he’s really found his niche and it’s exciting to hear the sound they’re creating together.”
I pride myself as a person with good musical taste. The O’Connor Band is almost too good to describe! I can be a little idealistic at times, but that, somehow, has given me a blessed career of surrounding myself with some pretty awesome artists. Once again, luck has smiled on me, and I am privileged to have been led to a band that encompasses everything I love about artistry. Excellent abilities in musicianship, stylistic vocals, and showmanship beyond compare. If we entered them in a battle of the bands, they would definitely win! That’s my opinion — it ought to be yours!
There are some albums that are so sonically gorgeous, they sound as if the music has arrived from another plane; the players are so connected to each other, weaving their own parts so tightly together, the sound encloses you in its warmth and beauty. With music like this, the tightness of the band is palpable: you can feel the players’ connections to one another coming through the speakers in the music itself.Very few bands can achieve this sense of playing-as-one so completely, so effortlessly that the entire force of the music – the vocals and every instrument – settles into us physically and emotionally as we listen. But Coming Home, the debut album by the O’Connor Band – the family band led by Mark O’Connor – is one of those albums.
Coming Home is a warm and lively acoustic music event. Mark O’Connor has managed to discover and reveal some very high level and intriguing new talent - within his own family! As a longtime fan, it’s very satisfying to hear Mark’s fiddling back in the bluegrass/country setting after 20 years away from it. There is nobody who does it like him.
Coming Home is a feel-good, beautifully recorded collection of songs penned mostly by Forrest O’Connor and Kate Lee. They continue to expand their reach as artists and songwriters. What a lovely record!
‘It isn’t what I’m running from, it’s what I’m running to…’ What a beautiful line, in the middle of a gorgeous song with a pristine voice and unbearably sweet musicianship - and I mean ‘sweet’ in the best sense of the word - something that makes your life feel rich. All the songs are as accessible and all are such a balm to the spirit.
I never expect to like a show. I have been disappointed too many times. However, when I first saw the O’Connor Band (and every time since), I was stunned. This is the best band I have seen in decades. The best musicians. The most entertaining show and the most fun I have had in years.
Terrific album, gorgeous voices. Forrest’s song, ‘Coming Home’, melts my heart. Bravo!
What a pleasure to see and hear this incredible group at RockyGrass 2016. Amazing!
I love the new single so much. It’s absolutely beautiful!
Fantastic! Gorgeous singing and playing!
I so enjoyed the family band and truly place it among the top bands on the scene currently. Looking forward to hearing more!
Coming Home is a stunning display of musicality and musicianship.