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aN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS

BIOGRAPHY

O’Connor says, “Appalachia is the original melting pot of our country featuring more diverse styles of American music than just about anywhere.  This theme makes for what is a trilogy of my “Appalachia” recordings now, ‘Appalachia Waltz, ‘Appalachian Journey’ and ‘An Appalachian Christmas.’  My album features 11 Christmas tracks, as well as several Appalachian-themed songs about a beloved hunting dog, passing a fiddle down through the generations, and offering a new version of ‘Appalachia Waltz’ itself with classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, one of my most well-known pieces.  A few of my favorite Christmas centerpieces for the album include Renee Fleming’s soprano embraced by a mountain orchestra and fiddle solo, as well as the jazzy style of Jane Monheit with an all acoustic string band.  Growing up in the O’Connor musical household, Christmas time was a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and other traditional American music. And that is the spirit of ‘An Appalachian Christmas.’”

PRESS

Mark O'Connor, Q&A with Our Louisiana Magazine

With a violin that sings "like Renee Fleming's voice", 'An Appalachian Christmas' is "a Christmas card from Mark O'Connor." - Robin Young, the host of NPR's "Here and Now"

"All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on violin" - Boston Globe

"Elegant " - New York Times

"Heavenly" - Associated Press

"An absolute delight" - American Songwriter
 
"Mark O'Connor is a maestro of many genres... [He] and his fiddle are in top form throughout" - Metromix

"Lovely stuff from the fiddle virtuoso and his top-notch colleagues" - Birmingham News

"Will leave goose bumps. Maybe even tears or a brief quiver" - Ocala News

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