"Mark and Maggie O'Connor
"Mark and Maggie O’Connor: American Classics identifies the cornerstones of repertoire, style and wonderful diversity of A New American School of String Playing. Mining a huge body of repertoire that has made its impact on American music, the selected tunes and arrangements by Mr. O'Connor represent stylistic importance, pedagogical value and have timeless appeal. The program offers a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin/fiddle solos and duos, with additional original music by Mr. O'Connor on violin, guitar and mandolin and augmented by Americana vocal song treatments. Audiences will find themselves inspired by the songbook of America as they have never heard it before.
New Releases 2023 — Singles and Music Videos through ONErpm/OMAC Records!
“Wildflowers” is a song written by Dolly Parton about finding your own path in life and branching out. Mark and Maggie loved the song and recorded it for their upcoming Life After Life project. Dolly’s 1987 hit single of “Wildflowers” was featured on the Grammy-winning Trio album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, a track on which one can also hear the fiddle of Mark O’Connor. Now 35 years later, Mark along with his wife, fiddler and vocalist Maggie offer their own rendition of the song, and it got the attention of Dolly Parton herself. She wrote to Mark on May 20th, 2022 after hearing an advanced copy of the track given to her by a mutual friend, singer-songwriter Jim Salestrom:
“Dear Mark, I got the wonderful cut of “Wildflowers”. I was very, very proud of both you and Maggie. It always touches my heart when somebody likes my songs well enough to do it, especially someone as great as you. I’ve always admired you and respected your talent. And Maggie, you sound awfully sweet. Just wanted you to know that I received it and love it. Love, Dolly”