Floyd Music School
Carolyn Peterson’s Violin Studio Present
Mark and Maggie O’Connor One-Day Strings Residency
Saturday, June 2 in Roanoke Symphony’s Green Room
Wow—What an awesome 5 days (umm nights) of music–from the tried and true
famous folky to the college youngsters hoping to pick a tune or two
and everything in between–
We are grateful that so many of our Floyd Music School students are willing to meet us online for their weekly lessons, that we can literally “teach from anywhere”
Showcasing with Night Drivers, Jon Weisberger and Gina Clowes with head Night Driver, Chris Jones in attendance
Impromptu jamming with folk legend autoharp player, Bryan Bowers and his band as well as grammy-award-winning producer, Bil Vorndick listening in
(this wonderful hotel lobby time was followed by dinner spent listening to musicians
telling stories about other musicians ;-0)
Showcasing with Danny Knicely was especially fun!
More Bil 🙂
We met so many wonderful people and musicians and so thoroughly enjoyed our time that we are already planning for Folk Alliance 2019 in Montreal
Walking the hotel halls to another showcase—
performing for a variety of people in several different places–
the fun of Folk Alliance–getting the music “out there” (in there)
January 25-28, Mike Mitchell Trio embarked for the northern section of our great VA Commonwealth. Our first stop was in Winchester for a concert
at Bright Box with The Wildmans.
A highlight from the show, was a duet with Mike and Akemi Takayama, the concert master of the Roanoke Symphony, performing a portion of Jeff Midkiff’s “Run for Your Life”.
The Bright Box was a wonderful venue and so meaningful to have our former students, the Wildmans perform, knowing that the audience included the likes of the great bassist Marshall Wilborn and his lovely wife, Lynn Morris, as well as banjo up-and-comer, Gina Clowes.
So humbling and very inspiring!
Our next stop was in Charlottesville, at The front Porch. Again, we shared the evening with The Wildmans. The sold-out audience at the Front Porch was so enthusiastic.
The highlight of our tour was in Leesburg, VA at the Lucketts Schoolhouse, where we opened for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers! What?! What excitement–and, well, yes, a few nerves. Lol
We played to a packed house (schoolhouse, remember?) and an extremely warm and friendly audience. Mike Mitchell Trio was a hit and we will definitely be back to see the new fans we made that evening. What an honor to open for Joe and his band!
Sunday, we drove over to McLean to The Chocolate Festival and
a bunch of excited kiddos and families.
The tour ended with a jazz workshop taught by Mike to a talented class of classical violinists from the studio of Carol Stone, ASTACAP Director.
We have to close this post with a photo of the best waitress —
Miss Lisabeth at The Cracker Barrel in Winchester! We want to eat here, again, just to see Lisabeth 🙂
My work took me into the studio last week–Blackwater Recording in Wirtz, VA–
under the mighty man, Harold Thompson.
Mark Schatz, Jarrod Walker, Tommy Morse, and Sammy Shelor
all joined me for a week of laying down tracks.
We are excited about this project and are planning the full release
in February 2018, at Folk Allinace in Kansas City, MO.
From the Floyd Music School Studio, in the historic Pix Theater Building,
downtown Floyd, VA…
Mike is excited to announce the recording of a new bluegrass album project,
With Mark Schatz producing and bass-ing, the players include Mike’s bandmate, from The Bluegrass Trio, Tommy Morse on banjo and Mark’s bandmate, from the Claire Lynch Band, Jarrod Walker on mandolin and guitar.
The recording will be tracked and mixed at Blackwater Recording Studio, in Wirtz, VA.
This sophomore project follows Mike’s last album, Dead Center, which has enjoyed 6 months on the Airplay Direct charts, debuting at #1 in May 2017—staying in the top 40 downloaded albums as of Oct 5.
About the new project, Mike says: “The material is all original stuff and I have been writing like crazy! Life is good and the songs are flowing. I can’t wait to share them with everyone!”
Mike will also add a handful of fiddle tunes and at least one new instrumental.
Release date is Feb. 14, 2018, at Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO.
In addition to the regional festivals that Mike regularly plays, he and The Bluegrass Trio will be traveling nationally to perform the new album.