O’Brien is a nationally touring independent performer based in Nashville. He has shared bills with artists such as The Infamous String Dusters, Great American Taxi, Trampled By Turtles, Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Steve Martin, Sam Bush, Darol Anger and Peter Rowan. Colin has performed at innumerable venues and festivals throughout the United States such as Rocky Grass, (2012, 2013) The John Hartford Memorial Festival (2011,2012,2013), The Jackpine Jamboree (2006-2013), Swamp N Grass (2006,2007,2008), Swallow Hill, Summerfest (2000,2001,2002,2008,2010,2013), Crested Butte Arts Festival, Boats and Bluegrass (2009,2010,2011), Noreast’r Festival, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Station Inn, The Sioux River Folk Festival, The Ark and dozens more.
Colin loves to engage his audience, young and old alike, and may at any time leave the stage to dance and sing among them; his voice, fiddle and feet all still resounding loud and clear through the stage speakers.
In 2011, the great Nashville musician, Larry Perkins, heard Colin play at the John Hartford Memorial Festival and was side-struck. “Colin’s music is genuine, whimsical, full of fun and carefully crafted. For me, it’s a very pleasant surprise”
He invited Colin down to Nashville to record. The resulting recording " After A Song", features Colin’s original songs performed with several of John Hartford’s band mates, including Perkins himself.