Mark O'Connor and Friends: An Appalachian Christmas
Grammy-winning violinist Mark O'Connor will usher in the holiday season this December with his third annual An Appalachian Christmas tour, performing "elegant" (New York Times) interpretations of Christmas classics found on his celebrated album of the same name, which American Songwriter called "an absolute delight."
The 16-date tour is the result of high demand after 2013's near sell-out tour that was praised as an "infectious mix of roots music" (The Oregonian). The tour demonstrated O'Connor's "dazzling skill" (Spartanburg Herald-Journal) as both a musician and composer capable of inserting a "warm blend of country, folk, and classical to Christmas songs" (Willamette Week) including "O Christmas Tree," "Winter Wonderland," "Carol of the Bells," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
Joining O'Connor on stage will be several accomplished instrumentalists and singers including Cia Cherryholmes from bluegrass band Cherryholmes, fiddler and vocalist Carrie Rodriguez, guitarist Joe Smart, bassist Michael Rinne, and O'Connor's son Forrest on mandolin and vocals.
O'Connor's An Appalachian Christmas reached the top 20 on three Billboard charts (Bluegrass Albums, Crossover Albums, and Classical Albums). The album features guest appearances by Alison Krauss, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, and more on a variety of beloved holiday staples.
Watch Mark O'Connor perform "Carol of the Bells":