Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association 2016 – 2017 Season
World class performances come to Shawnee State University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts in Portsmouth Ohio.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
The O’Connor Family Band, featuring iconic fiddler Mark O’Connor, puts on an engaging, dynamic show featuring compelling arrangements, virtuosic solos, and tight vocal harmonies. Mark O’Connor was the youngest person ever to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championships – competing against all ages, amateur and professional. Forty years later, his record still stands.
Mark’s family, of course, comprise the Grammy nominated bluegrass band; Maggie O’Connor – fiddle, Forrest O’Connor – mandolin and vocals and Kate Lee – fiddle and vocals. Rounding out the band is National Flatpick Guitar Champion Joe Smart and double bassist/old-time banjoist Geoff Saunders.
Join us as Mark and the Grammy nominated O’Connor family perform favorites of bluegrass, country and Americana, including some of O’Connor’s own famous works.
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. – No Depression Magazine
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