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.’”
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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