O'Connor performing at The Hideout on October 30, 2017
|Birth name||Nora O'Connor|
|Also known as||Nora O'Connor Kean|
|Born||April 2, 1968|
|Associated acts||The Blacks, The Decemberists, Robbie Fulks, Andrew Bird, Kelly Hogan, The Flat Five|
Nora O’Connor is a Chicago-based musician. Though primarily known for her vocals, O'Connor also plays guitar and bass. For much of 2013, O'Connor toured internationally as a singer in Iron and Wine. She also records and performs with longtime collaborator, Andrew Bird. O'Connor plays bass and sings back-up for Kelly Hogan (supporting Hogan's release "I Like To Keep Myself In Pain" on ANTI- Records) and in 2010, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy enlisted O'Connor and Hogan as primary vocalists on gospel legend Mavis Staples’ Grammy Award-winning album You Are Not Alone. In the studio and on the stage, O'Connor has backed (among others) Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, The New Pornographers, The Decemberists, Archer Prewitt, John Wesley Harding, Hushdrops, Justin Roberts and Robbie Fulks.
O'Connor has released two solo CDs. The first, Cerulean Blue, was released by Uncommon Ground Coffeehouse in Chicago in 1996. The second, Til the dawn, was released by Bloodshot Records on August 24, 2004.
In the mid-1990s, she formed the Nora O'Connor Band, with herself on lead vocals and guitar, Lisa Wertman Crowe on bass and vocals, Tony Ventura on guitar and Mark Cameron on drums.
O'Connor has two sons, and lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Other Collaborative Projects
- The Blacks - 5-piece insurgent country band (1993–2000)
- The Flat Five - a "song interpreters" band made up of Kelly Hogan, Nora O'Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough and Alex Hall, typically perform annually at the Hideout (Chicago) holiday show.
- The Lamentations - gospel duo with Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor.
- The Love Hall Tryst - Songs of Misfortune: mostly a capella British folk music performed by indie supergroup composed of originator John Wesley Harding, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, and Brian Lohmann.
- Cerulean Blue (1996, Uncommon Ground)
- Til the Dawn (2004, Bloodshot Records)
- Dolly Horrorshow (1998, Bloodshot)
- Just Like Home (2000, Bloodshot)
- In Sickness and Health EP (2010, 6-song digital download, Bloodshot)
- I Like To Keep Myself In Pain (2014, ANTI-)
The Flat Five
- It's A World of Love and Hope (2016, Bloodshot)
- Happy – Robbie Fulks (2010, Yep Roc)
- You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples (2010, ANTI-)
- Tomorrow – Hushdrops
- Me, Myself and Wine – Lady Parts (2015, Bloodshot)
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- Pendarvis, Jack (Nov 9, 2005). "John Wesley Harding's Love Hall Tryst". Paste Magazine. Retrieved Nov 11, 2013.
- Edelman, Judith. "Misfortune: A Novel - Wesley Stace / Songs of Misfortune - The Love Hall Tryst". Pure Music. Retrieved Nov 11, 2013.
- Official website
- Nora O'Connor discography at Discogs
- Nora O'Connor at AllMusic
- Bio @ Bloodshot Records
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