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Robin & Steve

 

 

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Majesty and Magic

NEW! On his ninth solo CD, internationally acclaimed guitarist Robin Bullock explores the music of three great composers: the legendary blind Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), the premier lute virtuoso of Renaissance England, John Dowland (1563-1630), and the master himself, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Robin's exquisite solo interpretations of the timeless works of Bach, Dowland and Carolan carry the steel-string guitar to new, otherworldly heights.

Christmas Eve is Here

Robin's second Christmas CD combines soulful guitar solos and duets with spirited cittern and mandolin romps, on holiday carols, hymns and dance tunes spanning over 700 years. Includes "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (featured on National Public Radio), "O Holy Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter" and many more timeless winter classics, interpreted as only Robin can. "Wonderful recording...the very essence of what this music is about." - Tom Paxton

Rosewood Castle

INDIE Award winner Robin Bullock explores the rich musical traditions of Ireland and Scotland (with side trips to Brittany, Asturias and Baroque-era France), masterfully interpreting timeless airs, dances and harp tunes on solo and duo guitar. Featuring exquisite duets with five of the world's leading acoustic guitarists - Windham Hill pioneer and Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi, Grammy winner Al Petteway, Irish powerhouse and original Solas member John Doyle, Scottish guitar legend Tony McManus and Robin's longtime duo partner  Steve Baughman – Rosewood Castle is a true milestone in the art of Celtic guitar.

The Enchanted Woods

For his sixth solo recording, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock takes a direct approach, casting his spell over the listener with introspective solo performances and stripped-down acoustic ensemble arrangements. The ageless music of the Celtic lands and Appalachia, together with some of Robin's most inspired compositions, create a world of enchantment indeed. Includes concert favorites "First Light in the Mountains," "Shenandoah," and Robin's thunderous mandolin tour-de-force "Bonaparte's Retreat."

A Guitar For Christmas

A six-string Yuletide celebration: magnificent
solo guitar settings of carols and hymns spanning over
600 years. The CD follows the rhythm of that most
magical of days, from the glory of Christmas morning
to the last log on the fire on Christmas night.
Includes such favorites as "What Child is This," "Deck
the Halls," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and Robin's
show stopping solo guitar rendition of "Carol of the
Bells."

"Robin Bullock's A Guitar for Christmas is beautiful
all the way around...the arrangements and medleys, his
great playing, and the concept of the sequence from
daybreak to night.
" George Winston

The Irish Girl

The debut recording of the transatlantic Irish duo of American multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock and Parisian flute and whistle player Michel Sikiotakis, France's first All-Ireland whistle champion (whose virtuoso flight on "The Whistling Postman" must be heard to be believed). Pure drop Irish airs, jigs, reels and hornpipes lovingly rendered by two masters of the craft. 

"Four stars - Highly recommended" - All Music Guide

Celtic Guitar Summit

Robin teams up with California fingerstylist Steve Baughman, "one of the best Celtic fingerstylists in the country" (Dirty Linen Magazine), for treasures from the Irish, Welsh and Breton musical traditions, as well as five compositions of Ireland's legendary harper Turlough O'Carolan, all brought to life by the rich and soulful sound of two acoustic guitars. 

NAMED ONE OF THE TOP TEN CDS OF 2003 BY ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE!

"Sheds new light on O'Carolan's enchanting melodies and on the long history of Celtic music they inspired...Though Baughman and Bullock obviously arranged the precise harmonies on these instrumental pieces, their playing is so relaxed that you don't even notice the work that went into them."  The Washington Post 

"A treat deserving of an encore...or three or five. WARNING: guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. Other side effects may include uncontrollable smiling or blissful humming."  Dirty Linen

  The Lightning Field

The Lightning Field, the fourth solo CD from multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock, is a uniquely beautiful Celtic-American journey. Traditional airs and dance tunes of Ireland, Scotland and America combine with Robin's visionary, tradition-inspired original compositions for an unparalleled listening experience. Riverdance star fiddler Liz Knowles adds
her fiery fiddling to Robin's magic on guitars, cittern, mandolin, piano and bass guitar.

"Celtic flatpicking hero...in a spectacular display of  virtuosity and musicianship." - Folk Roots

Butch Baldassari, Robin Bullock, Joh Reischman  - Travellers

Travellers

A trio CD with mandolin greats Butch Baldassari and John Reischman, ranging from old-time, bluegrass and Celtic dance tunes to Latin and swing. A brilliant display of string virtuosity, with an unmistakable sense of fun.

"A truly exceptional record...mandolin-based ensemble playing at its best, filled with grace and charm and warmth and insight. I can't think of an instrumental CD I've enjoyed more recently." - Bluegrass Unlimited

Robin Bullock - Between Earth & Sky  Between Earth & Sky

Winner of the 1998 Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Award for Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year, this masterful CD blends melodies from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany with Robin's powerful and haunting original compositions. Guest artists include All-Ireland champions Joanie Madden and John Whelan, dobro legend Mike Auldridge, Bruce Hornsby reedman Bobby Read and West African percussionist Laryea Addy.

"A breathtaking collection...extraordinary command of timbre and dynamics...a remarkable work from a deep player." - Guitar Player

"Pure beauty." - Inside Borders

Robin Bullock - Midnight Howl  Midnight Howl

A celebration of Celtic roots and the wild American spirit, featuring Robin on nine different instruments, with guest appearances by Scottish harp champion Sue Richards, Helicon's wooden flute innovator Chris Norman, and percussionists Steve Bloom and Myron Bretholz.

"A truly lovely combination of thoughtful tune selection, attention to tradition and just plain great playing...A great listen, no matter what the weather." - Sing Out!

"A glowing acoustic-music feast." - Baltimore City Paper

Robin Bullock - Green Fields  Green Fields

Robin's 1993 solo debut features the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland arranged for cittern and guitar. Robin creates a warm, intimate mood by performing all the instrumental parts (cittern, guitars, bass guitar and fiddle) on his own.

"It is without hesitation that I recommend this slick performance of a delightful programme." - Classical Guitar, U.K.

"A unique collection of tunes for strings, given uncommonly rich arrangements." - Dirty Linen

Robin also appears on the following CDs:

 Helicon: A Winter Solstice with Helicon

            Horizons

            The Titan

            Helicon

Greenfire: Greenfire: A Celtic String Ensemble

Ken Kolodner: Journey to the Heartland

            Walking Stones

Elke Baker: Glenelg

Mary McLaughlin: Crystal Shoe

John Whelan: Come to Dance

            Flirting with the Edge

            Celtic Treasure II

            Stories

Chris Norman: Highlands

            The Beauty of the North

            Man with the Wooden Flute

Bonnie Rideout: Scottish Fire

            Kindred Spirits

City of Washington Pipe Band: Scottish Rant

Joyce and Emma Beaton: Off the Beaton Track

Chestnut Ridge Women’s Choir: A Celtic Journey

Maggie Sansone: Mystic Dance

            Dance Upon the Shore

            Mist and Stone

            Sounds of the Season

            Sounds of the Season II

            Traditions

Lisa Moscatiello: Second Avenue

            Innocent When You Dream

Skyedance: Labyrinth

Various artists: Carolan’s Gift

            Celtic Mist

            Christmas Gift

            Best of the Kamp Kaufman Concert Series, Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5

            Celtic Festival 1996 Live at Oatlands

            Maggie’s Music Samplers 1 and 2