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The O'Connor Band - Coming Home / Elmore Magazine review

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It seems to be all in the family lately, given the fact that talented spouses and siblings alike are all taking time to gather around the hearth and exchange their musical wares. A list of last names says it all, with the Wainwright Family, the Thompson Family and the Watkins Family all finding common purpose via their creative collaborations. Of course, family outings have been a tradition in country and bluegrass music for decades - one need only mention the Carter Family as an example of one such staple - but the O'Connor Band ups the ante in terms of overall virtuosity. The paternal head of the ensemble, Mark O'Connor, needs no introduction - a former child prodigy, acclaimed composer, renown musician and multiple Grammy and CMA award winner, his name alone ensures the band's marquee status. Fortunately, the other members of the group not only shore up his support, but lend ample contributions of their own. Wife Maggie sings and plays fiddle, son Forrest contributes mandolin and vocals, Forrest's significant other, Kate Lee, adds more fiddle and singing, while the non kinfolk - guitarist Joe Smart, bassist and banjo picker Geoff Saunders and co-producer and percussionist Gregg Field - offer their own contributions to the O'Connor collective.