Robin Bullock
Gig Seeker Pro

Robin Bullock

Band Folk Celtic

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


"Baltimore City Paper"

"Celtic guitar god." - Baltimore City Paper


"Guitar Player"

It takes nerve to play solo acoustic guitar. Gripping only a few pounds of ingeniously assembled wood and metal, you have to dazzle an audience's senses with your bare hands. In the tight-wire game of solo acoustic, there's no escaping the core issue: how's your touch? Your tone? Your time? Just how well CAN you play?

Masterfully, if you're Robin Bullock. His new "Between Earth and Sky" is a breathtaking collection of traditional Celtic, Appalachian, and Scottish Highland bagpipe tunes, Irish reels, Breton folk melodies, and finely crafted originals. In addition to acoustic 6- and 12-string guitar, Bullock plays cittern, mandolin, electric bass and fiddle. It's easy to overlook his brilliant technique, since it's always in service of the music. A remarkable work from a deep player. - Guitar Player


"Dirty Linen, the Magazine of Folk and World Music"

Robin Bullock's recordings and concert performances over the past 20 years have displayed a rare combination of technical virtuosity and emotional nuance. He has a deep appreciation of the power of music to touch people's hearts, and the skills to make that happen when he plays. - Dirty Linen, the Magazine of Folk and World Music


Discography

SOLO:
A Guitar for Christmas, Dancing Wolf Records DWCD-101, 2004
The Lightning Field, Azalea City ACCD-2001, 2000
Between Earth and Sky, Maggie's Music MMCD-221, 1998
Midnight Howl, Maggie's Music MMCD-213, 1995
Green Fields, Dorian DIS-80112, 1993

WITH MICHEL SIKIOTAKIS:
The Irish Girl, Dorian DOR-93257, 2003

WITH STEVE BAUGHMAN:
Celtic Guitar Summit, Solid Air SACD-2029, 2002

WITH AL PETTEWAY AND AMY WHITE:
A Midnight Clear: A Celtic Christmas, Dorian DOR-93250, 2002

WITH BUTCH BALDASSARI AND JOHN REISCHMAN:
Travellers, SoundArt SAR-1255, 1999

WITH HELICON:
A Winter Solstice with Helicon, Dorian DOR-90276, 1999
Horizons, Dorian DIS-80103, 1992
The Titan, Dorian DIS-80115, 1990
Helicon, Jeb 002, 1987

WITH GREENFIRE:
Greenfire: A Celtic String Ensemble, Dorian DOR-90265, 1998

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

"Celtic guitar god." - Baltimore City Paper

"Breathtaking...brilliant technique, always in service of the music." - Guitar Player

"A musician whose technical skill and stylistic expertise are second to none...a time-served folkie of the highest calibre." - Classical Guitar (U.K.)

Award-winning Celtic/American string wizard Robin Bullock is a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants into one powerful musical vision. The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan, the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of the southern Appalachians and evocative original compositions all find a musical common ground in Robin's music, where lightning-fast fingerwork one moment is perfectly balanced with tender, quiet intimacy the next. A warm, friendly presence onstage, Robin effortlessly creates a magical world for the audience with his multi-instrumental wizardry, taking them on a journey to the heart and soul of Celtic and American traditions.

Originally rising to prominence as a founding member of the innovative acoustic world-music trio Helicon (winners of the Association for Independent Music's prestigious INDIE Award for Best Seasonal Recording), Robin's solo career has won him three Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards, a Governor's Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a feature broadcast on National Public Radio's hugely popular Celtic music program "The Thistle and Shamrock." His recorded work includes six critically acclaimed solo CDs, the most recent of which, Celtic Guitar Summit with California fingerstylist Steve Baughman, was honored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine with an "Editor's Pick" as one of the top CDs of 2003.

Born in 1964 in Washington DC, a major focal point for both bluegrass and Irish music, Robin began playing guitar at age seven, initially inspired by Doc and Merle Watson, Norman Blake and John Fahey. Robin's apprenticeship years were spent at fiddlers' conventions, bluegrass festivals and Irish sessions, mastering the subtleties of a half-dozen instruments in both American and Celtic styles. Today, Robin is recognized as one of the few musicians who can so successfully blend the ancient airs and dance tunes of the Celtic lands with the roots music traditions of the "New World."

In 2000, Robin relocated to France, and now lives in the tiny village of Tripleval, on the Seine river northwest of Paris. He continues to tour and record on both sides of the Atlantic, in a number of contexts: solo, duos with guitarist Steve Baughman and flute player Michel Sikiotakis, and an annual Christmas concert tour with Al Petteway and Amy White.

"Dazzling spirit...what he offers is not just virtuosity for the sake of virtuosity, but also the sensibility of one on a quest between past and present, traditional and modern." - Trad Magazine (France)