Fiddler Mark O’Connor: An American music story

Mark O_Conor color (Mitch Weiss)

Fiddle player Mark O’Connor, one of the most influential musicians in the American tradition, talks about his extraordinary life

It sounds like a great American tall tale: a young boy infatuated with fiddle music is handed an unsightly white fiddle that had once been a stringless, bridgeless piece of decoration on a barn wall. The instrument is a freak of nature with an unbelievable resonance, and the boy goes on to win just about every fiddle competition, break every record and become one of the most influential musicians in the American tradition. You’d be forgiven for assuming that somewhere along the line a contract had been drafted and the boy was down one soul…

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