Forrest O'Connor was born in 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee. He picked up the mandolin at age 13 while living in Missoula, Montana and taught himself bluegrass and fiddle tunes. After enrolling at Harvard in 2006, he teamed up with accordionist Dan Gurney, fiddler Duncan Wickel, and bassist Nicky Schwartz to form The Hay Brigade, a progressive bluegrass band that performed on BBC Radio, Public Radio International, and WGBH Radio, as well as in venues around Boston. After graduating in 2010, O'Connor began performing throughout New England on a regular basis, both solo and as a member of the David Gallagher Band and Mark Whitaker Band. He appeared on Melissa Ferrick's album The Truth Is (2013) and is featured on several tracks on the Hillary Reynolds Band's upcoming album (due to be released in spring 2014). He has been a featured vocalist and mandolinist in Mark O'Connor's 2012 and 2013 nationwide Appalachian Christmas tours, which have also starred Carrie Rodriguez, Cia Cherryholmes, Joe Smart, Kyle Keggereis, and Hans Holzen.
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