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Robin Bullock
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  • Robin Bullock

    Instrument
    Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Cittern (Octave Mandolin)
    Genre
    Celtic, Fingerstyle Guitar
    Strings
    S335, 615 Phosphor Bronze, A270 Phosphor Bronze Mandolin, Custom Phosphor Bronze Octave Mandolin

    Hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by the Baltimore City Paper, Robin Bullock’s virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands, their vigorous Appalachian descendants, and the timeless masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance eras 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 genius of Bach, Dowland and da Milano, and the haunting ballads of the Blue Ridge mountains where he makes his home all find 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.

    Robin is a winner of "Editor’s Pick" and "Player’s Choice" Awards from Acoustic Guitar magazine, the Association for Independent Music’s prestigious INDIE Award (with the world-music trio Helicon), multiple Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards, a Governor’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a bronze medal at the National Mandolin Championships in Winfield, Kansas. His thirteen solo and collaborative recordings include Celtic Guitar Summit with California fingerstylist Steve Baughman, named one of the top CDs of 2003 by Acoustic Guitar magazine; the bluegrass/Americana classic Travellers with mandolin masters Butch Baldassari and John Reischman; Rosewood Castle, featuring duets with guitar legends Alex de Grassi, Tony McManus, John Doyle, Al Petteway and Steve Baughman; two bestselling holiday CDs, A Guitar for Christmas and Christmas Eve is Here; the groundbreaking Majesty and Magic: Music of Bach, Dowland and Carolan for Solo Guitar; and his most recent offering, a second duo CD with Baughman titled Alone and Together.

    Robin's next project, volume one of which is due out in the fall of 2015, is the first-ever complete recording of the Bach Cello Suites on solo mandolin.

    In addition to his solo work, Robin also tours internationally with Grammy-winning folk legend Tom Paxton, including Tom’s 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 “Together at Last” tours with fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian.

    Robin lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina (when he's not on the road!) and has been a proud endorser of GHS strings since 2001.

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