MAGICAL MUSIC FOR WEDDINGS
Sue Richards & Robin Bullock Celtic Harp & Guitar Duo
Make your wedding ceremony a truly magical and memorable occasion: let the enchanting sounds of Sue’s Celtic harp and Robin’s acoustic guitar add a unique elegance to your special day. Whether you are looking for music as guests arrive, processional music for family members, music as you walk down the aisle, a personalized ceremony choice, celebratory music as the wedding party exits, background music for a cocktail hour, or upbeat music for a reception, Sue and Robin are seasoned professionals with an estimated 500 wedding ceremonies over the last 30 years between the two of them. They have an extensive repertoire of ageless Celtic melodies that are perfect for the festivities, including any number of beautiful waltzes, and they can also provide wedding favorites such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Trumpet Voluntary, and many Bach classics including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.
About Sue & Robin
Sue Richards and Robin Bullock blend the ancient and magical tones of the Celtic harp with the powerful resonance of the steel-string guitar, cittern and mandolin, drawing on Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Breton traditions to create something truly unique: beautiful and timeless, yet fresh and current. Sue and Robin have been friends and colleagues for decades, having both recorded WAMMIE Award-winning solo albums for the Maryland-based Maggie’s Music label and collaborated on many other projects over the years; now both transplants to the western North Carolina mountains, they have joined forces in a long-overdue chamber-Celtic duo.
Four-time National Scottish Harp Champion Sue Richards has performed numerous times for the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC, as well as for President Bill Clinton (twice!) and Queen Elizabeth II. She has served as president of the Scottish Harp Society of America (SHSA) and the Washington DC Folk Harp Society, and is now a SHSA Distinguished Judge. She has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, sat in with The Chieftains, performed in Scotland at Celtic Connections in Glasgow and at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, recently toured Norway and Sweden with the Harpa ensemble, and can be heard on dozens of award-winning recordings. In addition to her solo work, Sue is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Ensemble Galilei.
Robin Bullock has been hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by Baltimore City Paper and “one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business” by Sing Out! Magazine. His honors include the Association for Independent Music’s prestigious INDIE Award, Player’s Choice and Album of the Year Awards from Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and the Swannanoa Gathering’s Master Music Maker Award. Robin has fifteen solo and collaborative CDs to his credit and maintains a busy international touring schedule, balancing his solo work with his longtime role as touring sideman with Grammy Award-winning folk icon Tom Paxton, and was the sole support musician on Tom’s 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 “Together at Last” tours with fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian. Writing about Robin in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Celtic Music, Thistle and Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie says “Bullock’s music accents the connections between Celtic and American traditional and acoustic music. That he is able to do so by playing almost any stringed instrument to perfection is his specialty.”
Sue Richards & Robin Bullock – Loftus Jones
Sue Richards & Robin Bullock – Ashokan Farewell
Wedding Music FAQ’s
How will I know what music selections to make for my wedding ceremony?
Sue and Robin’s active repertoire of beautiful Celtic melodies include many that perfectly set the mood for the occasion. The above videos of the 17th-century Irish harp tune Loftus Jones and Jay Ungar’s famous Ashokan Farewell (from the Ken Burns documentary The Civil War) give a taste of their range and mastery. They can also provide wedding favorites such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Trumpet Voluntary, and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. With a combined experience of over 500 wedding events, Sue and Robin can easily fit their music to your event.
What if I want a music selection that isn’t in Sue and Robin’s repertoire?
Talk to us! If it’s adaptable for Celtic harp and guitar, it’s almost surely possible.
Are the instruments amplified?
Sue and Robin are equipped with a Fishman SA330x mobile sound system and can provide amplification as necessary whenever conditions require it, at no extra charge. (They love playing unamplified too, if the acoustics of the space allow.)
Where will Sue and Robin play for weddings?
Sue and Robin are based in the Asheville area and primarily play there and in the surrounding western North Carolina region. If you’re outside WNC, talk to us and let’s see what we can work out.
Can Sue and Robin accompany a singer?
Sure, with a brief rehearsal with the singer before the event begins.
Can Sue and Robin play outside?
Absolutely, as long as they’re not getting rained on!