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October 30, 2019                                     Bob Rose, 510-282-7279


Proclaimed ‘Celtic Guitar God’ by Baltimore City Paper, Award-Winning Performer Brings Ancient Irish Music to Appalachia 

         BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Robin Bullock, hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by Baltimore City Paper and “one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business” by Sing Out! magazinewill bring authentic Celtic acoustic music to the White Horse Black Mountain on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

         Tickets are priced at $18 in advance and $20 the day of the event.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.  For more information, go to or call


            Bullock, who also plays the mandolin and cittern, blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands, their vigorous American descendants, and the masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance eras.  

The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O’Carolan, the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of the southern Appalachians and the timeless compositions of Bach, Dowland and Francesco da Milano all find a musical common ground in Robin’s music, where lightning-fast finger work one moment is perfectly balanced with tender, quiet intimacy the next. 

Bullock, who originally rose to prominence as a founding member of the innovative acoustic world-music trio Helicon (winners of the Association for Independent Music’s prestigious INDIE Award for Best Seasonal Recording), Robin’s solo career has

won him three Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE Awards (Traditional Folk Instrumentalist 1997 and 1999; Traditional Folk Recording of the Year 1998), a Player’s Choice Award from Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the Celtic guitar category, a Governor’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and a feature broadcast on National Public Radio’s hugely popular Celtic music program “The Thistle and Shamrock.”

His 15 solo and collaborative recordings range from loving yet innovative interpretations of Celtic tradition, to the beloved carols and hymns of the Christmas season, to deep explorations of J.S. Bach’s incomparable masterpieces. 

 Bullock also appears on The Road Home, a tribute to his late friend and collaborator Butch Baldassari, alongside such greats as David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien and the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. Robin maintains a busy international touring schedule, performing in a number of settings; though his primary focus is solo performance, he can also be heard in Celtic duos with Steve Baughman and Irish singer Aoife Clancy, as a member of the award-winning world-folk trio Helicon,  as part of an Asheville-based John Denver tribute group, and most notably, as sideman with Grammy Award-winning folk icon Tom Paxton

Robin’s many years of touring with Tom have included collaborations with such luminaries as John McCutcheon, Grammy-winning songwriters Jon Vezner and Don Henry, and on their 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 “Together at Last” tours, Tom’s fellow Grammy winner Janis Ian.

When he’s not on the road, Robin lives in Black Mountain, N.C.

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that 

has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks and snacks.

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