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 Welcome to the Presenter's Page, provided as a convenience for concert and festival organizers presenting Robin Bullock in concert. Please scroll down to find:

 

bulletBooking contact information
bulletShort (1-paragraph) Robin Bullock bio
bulletShort (1-paragraph) Robin Bullock bio for Christmas concert
bulletLong (4-paragraph plus quotes) Robin Bullock bio
bulletOnstage technical requirements
bulletSelected list of venues where Robin has performed
bulletSelected discography
bulletAND
bulletFor downloadable photos, click on "Photos" at left.
bulletFor more quotes, click on “What the Critics Say” at left.
bulletFor information/bio of Celtic Guitar Summit duo with Steve Baughman, click on “Robin & Steve” at left.

Thank you for your interest. Hope to talk with you soon!

 

Bookings (U.S.A. and Canada):

Joe Cullison Acoustic Productions

5761 Kentucky Downs Drive

Macon, GA 31210-1262

478-254-2495

apmacon@gmail.com

Short bio / promotional paragraph

Hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” (Baltimore City Paper), Robin Bullock's virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants into one powerful musical vision. From 17th-century Irish harp tunes to spirited jigs and reels to haunting and evocative original compositions, a Robin Bullock concert perfectly balances lightning-fast fingerwork one moment with tender, quiet intimacy the next, creating a unique and magical experience. Robin is a winner of the Association for Independent Music's prestigious INDIE Award (with the world-music trio Helicon), multiple Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine's annual “Editor's Pick” Award for his duo CD Celtic Guitar Summit with Steve Baughman.

 

Short bio / promotional paragraph for Christmas show

The music of Christmas, perfectly suited to the ageless tones of the acoustic guitar, comes to life in Robin Bullock's concert of carols and hymns spanning over 600 years, drawn from his bestselling holiday recordings A Guitar for Christmas and Christmas Eve is Here. Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin celebrates the many moods of the Yuletide season in gorgeous guitar interpretations, augmenting his six-string virtuosity with selections on cittern, mandolin and piano. Combining familiar favorites such as "What Child is This," "The First Noel," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and his show-stopping solo guitar arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" with lesser-known pieces such as the traditional Scottish carol "Rorate," the Irish "Wexford Carol" and the Shetland Islands fiddle tune "Christmas Day in the Morning," Robin weaves a spell from centuries of tradition and the joy of the season, creating an unforgettable evening of acoustic Christmas cheer.

"An intimate, soulful performance that's become a holiday tradition. Just a guy, a guitar and some soft lighting...better than any religious experience I've ever had." - Maryville (Tennessee) Daily Times

A Guitar for Christmas is beautiful all the way around.” – George Winston

 

Long bio

Hailed as a "Celtic guitar god" by Baltimore City Paper, Robin Bullock is a prolific composer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist interpreting the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants on acoustic guitar, cittern and mandolin. The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan, the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of southern Appalachia and evocative original compositions all find a 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 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 multiple 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 eight critically acclaimed solo CDs and numerous collaborations, including Celtic Guitar Summit with California fingerstylist Steve Baughman, which 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 seisuns, 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," winning praise from publications as diverse as Classical Guitar ("A musician whose technical skill and stylistic expertise are second to none"), Folk Roots ("Celtic flatpicking hero...a spectacular display of virtuosity and musicianship") and Bluegrass Unlimited ("Brilliant...inventive interpretations filled with grace and charm and warmth and insight").

In 2000, Robin relocated to France, and now lives in the tiny village of Tripleval, on the River Seine northwest of Paris. He continues to tour and record on both sides of the Atlantic, solo, in duos with guitarist Steve Baughman and flute player Michel Sikiotakis, and as touring sideman with American folk legend Tom Paxton. In solo concert, he shares his remarkable gifts on guitar, cittern, mandolin and piano, combining Celtic and American ballads, airs and dance tunes into one magnificent vision.

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

"Uncanny ability to combine precision, virtuosity and soul...his reputation as one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business is well-deserved." - Sing Out!

"A rare combination of technical virtuosity and emotional nuance...Robin Bullock 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

 

Robin Bullock onstage technical requirements (for both standard concert and Christmas concert):

CENTER STAGE:

1 vocal microphone (Shure SM58 or better) on boom stand

3 XLR lines with phantom power (1 each for guitar, cittern and mandolin) - artist will provide own direct boxes

1 bare microphone stand for guitar preamp mount

Armless chair

Monitor wedge (2, if available)

 

UPSTAGE, SLIGHTLY TO STAGE RIGHT (IF AVAILABLE):

Grand piano, tuned at A440, miked as appropriate for space

Vocal microphone on boom stand to right of keyboard

Monitor wedge upstage of piano (i.e. to player's left)

 

Robin Bullock: Selected solo and duo performances

Baltimore Folk Festival, Baltimore, MD

Belk Theater, Charlotte, NC

*Bethlehem Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA

Boulton Arts Center, Bay Shore, NY

Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, MD

Celtic Roots Festival, Goderich, ON, CANADA

Common Ground American Music and Arts Festival, Westminster, MD

Cornwall Folk Festival, Cornwall, ENGLAND

Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC

Douglass Theater, Macon, GA

Ennis Trad Festival, Ennis, County Clare, IRELAND

Festival Ris-Orangis, Ris-Orangis, FRANCE

The Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD

Institute of Musical Traditions, Washington, DC

*International Hackbrett Festival, Philharmonie, Munich, GERMANY

The Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, Washington, DC

Longwood Gardens Amphitheater, Kennett Square, PA

McGlohan Theater, Charlotte, NC

Memphis Acoustic Music Association, Memphis, TN

*Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD

Mountain Green Concert Series, Hagerstown, MD

Old Songs Concert Series, Voorheesville, NY

Palace Theater, Maryville, TN

Potomac Celtic Festival, Leesburg, VA

Printemps Celtique des Yvelines, Les Mureaux, FRANCE

*Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, NS, CANADA

Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Camps, Maryville, TN

*Summer Solstice Festival, Calabasas, CA

Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD

The Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, NC

Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, Tarpon Springs, FL

Théâtre de l'Agora, Evry, FRANCE

Uptown Concerts, Baltimore, MD

Village Theatre, Qualicum Beach, BC, CANADA

Washington Folk Festival, Washington, DC

*Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB, CANADA

World Folk Music Association, The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA

(*with Helicon)

 

Robin Bullock discography

SOLO RECORDINGS

Christmas Eve is Here (Dancing Wolf, 2008)

Rosewood Castle (Dancing Wolf, 2007)

The Enchanted Woods (Dancing Wolf, 2005)

A Guitar for Christmas (Dancing Wolf, 2004)

The Lightning Field (Dancing Wolf, 2000)

Between Earth and Sky (Maggie's Music, 1998)

- WAMMIE Award: Traditional Folk Album of the Year, 1998 -

Midnight Howl (Maggie's Music, 1995)

Green Fields (Dorian, 1993)

COLLABORATIONS

The Irish Girl with Michel Sikiotakis (Dorian, 2003)

Celtic Guitar Summit with Steve Baughman (Solid Air, 2002)

- Editor's Pick, Acoustic Guitar Magazine “Best of the Year” 2003 -

Travellers with Butch Baldassari and John Reischman (SoundArt, 1999)

 

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