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Growing up in the small city of Invercargill at the Southern tip of New Zealand’s south island, O’Connor’s musical sensibilities were shaped not only by his dad and brothers, but also by the American country music his parents played in the house – Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, etc.. Fascinated by the musicianship of the Eagles when he watched their classic “Hell Freezes Over” DVD, he was inspired to be the one kid in the family who instead of drums chose guitar – which he began playing at age 11. By 15, he was playing weekend pub dates, weddings and corporate functions. While pursuing his musical endeavours, he worked a few day jobs (meat packing, mechanic’s apprentice) but the combination of his skills and diversity (bass, electric and acoustic guitar, singing) quickly led to a full time career both leading bands and working as a sideman for others.
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