12 Songs, 43 Minutes

Mastered for iTunes
Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Bluegrass At Its Best


I have always been a fan of Mark O'Connor, and his latest album does not disappoint. The group of talented musicians that make up the O'Connor Band, are some of the best I have ever heard. Their vocals are crisp and clear, and the instrumentals really showcase how talented these amazing musicians are. Their version of Jerusalem Ridge (my favorite bluegrass song) is definitely bluegrass as it was meant to be played. This is one of the best bluegrass albums to be released in recent years.

Coming Home


The long awaited album is here, and there is absolutely no disappointment. I've listened to it several times and can't seem to get enough of the rich arrangements! Each time I listen, it's like peeling back another layer as I hear something I didn't catch the time before. No matter what your favored genre of music may be, if you love music, there is no denying the beauty to be found here. With toe-tapping fiddle tunes, love ballads, soul foul blues, old country, syncopated ragtime, and classical sounding arrangements, they have it covered. I also love that, although this album features the songwriting and singing of Kate and Forrest as well as the fiddle playing of Mark, it in no way shuns the other talented musicians and vocalists. Listen for some explosive solos throughout. My only complaint would be that I want more. I look forward to many more albums from this band, and will wear out my copy of Coming Home in the meantime!

Fine Musicians coming together on a very nice Bluegrass effort


I have followed Mark O’Connors career for decades now (one of the most under appreciated musical talents in the U.S. IMHO). This new album pulls together his son, Forest, Forest’s fiancee, Kate, and Mark’s wife Maggee along with fine backup musicians on guitar, bass etc. This is a great bluegrass album. Beautiful instrumental work at times showcasing three fiddle parts. Forest is great on mandolin and has a very nice voice for the vocals. His fiancee, Kate is also a great vocalist. (check out “Ruby . . .”). A couple of my favorites — “The Sweet Ones” and the somewhat sad-somber “Fiddler Going Home”

About O'Connor Band

The O'Connor Band is a family band in the great bluegrass and country traditions, but one that happens to have one of the greatest instrumentalists of his generation in the lineup. The O'Connor Band was founded by Mark O'Connor, the virtuoso violinist whose career has encompassed country, bluegrass, jazz, and classical as he's worked with Stéphane Grappelli, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Itzhak Perlman, Chet Atkins, Yo-Yo Ma, and many more. In 2014, Mark married Maggie O'Connor (formerly Maggie Dixon), herself a gifted violinist who began playing at the age of 7 and studied with Herbert Greenberg at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Masters of Music degree in violin performance. Maggie soon began collaborating with Mark, performing with him on the road, and they recorded an album together, 2015's Duo. Meanwhile, Mark's son from his first marriage, Forrest O'Connor, had dabbled in music, playing mandolin and guitar, before enrolling at Harvard to study business. But Forrest continued playing mandolin as a hobby during time off from his studies. After working with a tech startup for a while, he decided to return to Nashville in 2014 and take a shot at a career in music. He proved his mettle by winning the Tennessee State Mandolin Championship a few months after leaving Massachusetts. When Forrest relocated to Nashville, he brought along his fiancée, Kate Lee, another talented musician who had been performing vocals and on fiddle since the age of 12. Lee's résumé included backing such country stars as Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum, and writing songs with Pat Alger. Forrest and Kate had been playing shows together as a duo, and when Forrest was invited to play alongside his father and step-mother, Kate tagged along. Guitarist Joe Smart and bassist Geoff Saunders joined in to fill out the group's sound, and the O'Connor Band was born. The group, whose sound is a canny mixture of bluegrass, folk, country, and pop, began playing out at major bluegrass festivals in 2015, and the following year, they released their debut album through Rounder Records, Coming Home. ~ Mark Deming




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