Violinists Maggie O’Connor and Kate Lee O’Connor of the Grammy winning O’Connor Band are no strangers to life on the road. In a short amount of time, their band has risen to the top of the Bluegrass scene, and they’ve needed to adjust quickly to a life of travel! It has been a learning experience, and these ladies have some style and travel tips they would like to share for violinists everywhere – and also have a place to get new ideas from you for things that come up along the way!
“One of my favorite things about being a musician is that you can travel the world. I wish I could have had a place to find tips and ideas regarding fashion and travel specifically for violinists, since we have certain restrictions regarding fashion in order to play. And being a traveling violinist can run into its own set of inconveniences too.
They don’t really teach this stuff at the conservatory, but this day and age it is important to look good – and feel good – when on the stage, and that can seem like a daunting task with so many limitations. Kate and I want to have a place for violinists to find products and ideas that make life more seamless transitioning from the everyday to being ready to play.
We want to create a forum to share with you our favorite fashion essentials for violinists – to have a one-stop-shop kind of blog for the great items and tips we have found helpful while on the road – and at home! We hope to get more ideas from our readers as well.”
– Maggie O’Connor
“Maggie and I have been traveling together on the road for several years now, and one of our favorite things to do is to share style and travel tips with each other, and now we’re excited to share them with you!
Some topics that are on the top of our list to discuss include: how and what to pack for a run of shows, clothing and jewelry to avoid when playing violin, what kinds of outfits to wear for specific types of performance venues and occasions, preparing for flight travel vs. preparing for bus travel, and violinist must-have practice and performance tools.
Any touring musician will ultimately create his or her own travel guidelines through trial and error. However, we’re hoping this site can help others bypass any unnecessary steps, so they can focus on all the fun and exciting opportunities that life as an artist on the road has to offer them!”
– Kate Lee O’Connor