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, their vigorous Appalachian descendants, and the timeless masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance eras into one powerful musical vision.
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 he is recognized as one of the few musicians who can so successfully blend the airs and dance tunes of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany with the roots music traditions of the "New World."
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 Championship in Winfield, Kansas. His twelve solo and collaborative recordings include Celtic Guitar Summit with California fingerstylist Steve Baughman, named one of the top CDs of 2002 by Acoustic Guitar; Rosewood Castle, featuring duets with guitar legends Alex de Grassi, Tony McManus, John Doyle, Al Petteway and Steve Baughman; and his latest, Majesty and Magic: Music of Bach, Dowland and Carolan for Solo Guitar. In addition to his solo work Robin also tours internationally with Grammy-winning folk legend Tom Paxton, including Tom's 2010 and 2012 "Together at Last" tours with fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian.
"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
"Dazzling spirit...what he offers is not just virtuosity for the sake of virtuosity, but also the sensibility of one on a quest between past and present, traditional and modern." - Trad Magazine (France)
Robin is a proud endorser of GHS strings