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Robin Bullock

Imaginative flatpicking and an expertise in the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany are combined through the virtuosic playing of Washington, D.C. multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock. Balancing a solo career with work with the John Whelan Band, three trios - Helicon, Greenfire, and Travellers -- and a percussive dance ensemble, Footworks, Bullock has shown a mastery of a lengthy list of stringed instruments. The Baltimore City Paper referred to him as "one of those guys who can play just about anything with strings disgustingly well," while, Classical Guitar Magazine called him, "a musician whose technical skill and stylistic expertise are second to none."

Inspired by the playing of Doc and Merle Watson, Bullock began playing guitar at the age of seven. Although he studied piano and learned basic music theory and harmony, his limited sight-reading skills led him to focus on stringed instruments. While he played with bluegrass bands after graduating from high school, he became frustrated by his lack of commercial success and temporarily left music to become a veterinarian assistant. A turning point in Bullock's musical career came in 1986 when he met wooden flute player Chris Norman and hammer dulcimer player Ken Kolodner at the Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention in Westminster, MD. Norman and Kolodner, who had released a Celtic-influenced duo album, Daybreak, were so impressed by Bullock's playing and enthusiasm that they agreed to continue as a trio, Helicon.

On his debut solo album, Green Fields, released in 1993, Bullock explored the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, playing all instruments on the album by himself. The album led to Bullock receiving a major solo artist grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. His second solo outing, Midnight Howl, released in 1996, was nominated for a Grammy award as "Best Traditional Folk Album of the Year" and resulted in his receiving a Washington Area Music award (WAMMIE) as "Folk/Traditional Instrumentalist of the Year." His third solo album, Between Earth and Sky, released in 1998, featured such guests as All Ireland champions Joanie Madden and John Whelan, dobro player Mike Auldridge, Bruce Hornsby's reedsman Bobby Read, and West African percussionist Laryea Addy. The album earned Bullock his second WAMMIE award as "Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year." A faculty member of the Swannanoah Gathering at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and Common Ground at Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD, Bullock writes a column, "Celtic and More" for Acoustic Guitar magazine. His musical career, however will not take a back seat. The new millennium saw the release of Lightning Field in early 2001. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Great music!!!����
When is Mr. Bullock's next album coming out? Soon I hope.
LOVE.
topaco123
Went to the 'Winter Solstice' Concert today (4'th time)...grea t to see Robin and Helicon again.
All in all, good music! !
Lovely!
wow!
fergysbonnie s c o t l a n d
good music i thought i was back home in inverness scotland
Don Ross station is f**king RADICAL! :P
pretty
mommy.geee
@ Jessica Chasteen: i agree--i wish my mother had heard some of the scary-talent e d guitarists i've discovered through pandora...i hope she's listening in sometimes... s h e was a Leo Kottke fan as well. :)
the album cover is powerful and balanced, reminds me of Scotland.
I would love to hear him play the Carol of the Bells. The sound is all things bright and beautiful.
Unreal how a master musician can get so much out of an instrument - what a talent!
ekzy96
Wow! Lovely stuff...
this music lets my heart float to beautiful places...... . .
chasteen.jes s i c a
Absolutely, Beautifully, Wonderful... . . If only my father were alive to experience this music. He always had an overwhelming Love for great guitarists, especially Leo Kotke and rarely took a second glance at other musicians without "real talent". You are truly a magnificent musician. Thank You!
Although he currently lives in France, he returns to Asheville, NC every December to perform in the Swannanoa Solstice, headlining along with Al Petteway and Amy White. For me it's the official start of the Christmas season when I hear him play "Carol of the Bells" on guitar.
slerner
I bet Robin Bullock made a kick a** vet assistant but I'm glad he stuck with the music. Really amazingly haunting and beautiful stuff with such a clear Irish influence.

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