Conor & The Wild Hunt animates soulful original songs with fresh perspectives on Americana, Folk, and Pop traditions. They encompass a wide dynamic range, from contemplative cinematic ballads to anthemic explosive peaks, with story weaving lyrics, artful and driving instrumentation, impassioned duets, blooming three part harmonies, and a compelling stage presence. The band consists of three professional and committed multi instrumental musicians working together to create immersive experiences.
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“...exactly what I needed to hear. Led by Conor Brendan’s inspired songwriting and vocals, this inspiring collection is full of emotion and positive messaging that strikes a poignant chord in ...lush and layered sound. The soaring four-part harmonies are my favorite part of these polished acoustic songs… Many of the songs bring me close to tears… The title track “You’re Not Alone” is appropriately the most cinematic of tracks, an emphatic anthem… The building of impassioned drumming, guitar and vocals builds to triumphant heights that will take your breath away. The rest of the album continues similarly with rousing harmonies, foot-stomping beats and upbeat harmonica to keep you smiling… You’re Not Alone is a feel-good collection of songs from front to back. Their folk/Americana is driven by a vivid emotion not often heard accompanying the traditional acoustic instruments. An album of lullabies and love songs, You’re Not Alone is perfect for a quiet morning or a twilight drive…”
-Elise Olmstead (Music Journalist at The Jamwich)
"Conor & The Wild Hunt is a Folk Pop/Americana trio from Maryland who feature brilliant song writing, a huge instrumental sound and soaring harmonies. Conor, who plays guitar and keys has been on American Idol twice and Lena Traynham who plays guitar and bass was the advertising face of American Idol, making Hollywood two years in a row. Chris Elvidge plays drums and sings like an angel too. This is an original music band that thrills audiences with a powerful show, driving stage presence and precise performances. They released a 14 song full length album this year."
“... “You’re Not Alone” is easily one of my favorite songs of 2020... “You’re Not Alone” is such a peaceful song from Conor & The Wild Hunt that puts my mind at ease. After what has been going on with the world lately, this is exactly what we all need in our ears. This is pure music with such great vocals from both the singers. We aren’t alone if we have the support of those close to us. We just need to express ourselves and ask for help if we need it.”
-Llewelyn Screen (Music Journalist at A&R Factory)
“...the Maryland native turns his wild adventures into musical myths... The group combines gleaming vocals, percolating instrumentals and radiating grooves that work well in [Conor] Brendan’s favorite theatrical theaters…”
-Geoff Gehman (Former arts writer for The Morning Call in Allentown)
"With so many positive changes and additions to their catalogue, it’s no surprise that Brendan says he’s stoked to put everything out into the world for Conor & The Wild Hunt fans to have and enjoy."
-M.K. Koszycki (Journalist at District Fray Magazine)
Jeremy Asay (Ezra Bell)
"Conor and the Wild Hunt have beautifully arranged songs with a big sound (a great feat for a trio). Their songs ebb and flow; ebbing from emotional tranquility and flowing into anthemic sing-a-longs."
Drew McManus (Satsang)
"Like if Postal Service had a baby with The Head and the Heart, and somehow one of them had slept with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, but Stills was a female and liked modern pop music, and Bruce Hornsby helped them arrange shit."
Ken Roseman (Music Journalist at "Sing Out!")
"...Energetic folk-ish pop-rock with strong main melodies and catchy choruses. Great lead and harmony vocals; passionate lyrics about personal and societal matters. I guarantee we will be hearing more from this crew."
Normand Parenteau (Manager of Old Crow Medicine Show)
"I listened to Conor's CD and was very impressed with his songwriting and vocals. His version of "Wagon Wheel" has grown on me. It might be a hit record."
Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill Records)
“...[Garden State] has now played 30 times… the instrumental chorus to set up the vocal again is just insanely brilliant… To think that Conor wrote GARDEN STATE when he was 16 is just terrifying… The lyrics of the song are so brilliant, personal, unique… the local voices, the makeshift bed… I'm off to Glacier Ntl. Park for some climbing and hiking and Conor's will be one of the 3 CDs I plan to bring along.”
Professor Steven McAlpine (Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC)
"...As Conor's song "Creation of the Universe" illuminates, stories begin in wonder. We behold something incredibly powerful and awe inspiring - lightning splitting the air near to us, or a shooting star lighting up the night sky - and suddenly our lives are filled with delicious mystery, latent power, and beauty. [Creation of the Universe] captures these emotions so beautifully... sparkling harmonies and melodies, instrumentation and archetypal lyrics."
Elizabeth Anne (Music Listener)
"... Your music and connections sunk deep into my bones, a healing ensemble that in the past 6 months has been by my side through high tide and low tide. Resonating & opening up different perceptions frequently. I am writing to say thank you all. Thank you for being the approachable, humble, kind hearted people you are. I truly hope to see you perform again some day but until then I will continue to find connections and parallels in the music you share with the world."