Mark O'Conner in General
Many years ago (about 1991) my girlfriend and I attended a Mark O'Conner solo performance here in Pittsburgh, PA as part of the Calliope Folk Music Concert series. I've been a subscriber to this folk music series since its inception in September 1987.
After the concert my lovely friend and I went to a local resturant for a late dinner, and I asked her about how she liked the concert. Heidi said, " it was like sitting through a whole night of tedious fiddle solos".
Heidi, I love you. And your truth.
Indeed, it was a very tedious night. Heidi, your insight was spot on. A good performer engages his/her audience. Mark O'Conner was out there in left field, and did not connect with his audience. He was out there in his own world, and had zero connection with audience. I suggest he spends the rest of his of his musical career in a studio doing back up, technical fiddle stuff, for his friends/real performers. Real performers know how to engage their audience.
posted byCurtis Cooper on March 03, 2009, 02:02:17 am