Maggie's Music

Don’t miss the 16th Annual Maggie’s Music New Year Concert! This exciting double billing along with Robin Bullock also includes special guests Seth Kibel on woodwinds and sax and Matthew Bell on bodhran and percussion along with Irish Step Dancers Kate Bole, Phillip Stacy, and Caitlin Ward. A popular annual event at Rams Head on Stage, the performers will take you on an exciting musical journey to the heart and soul of the Celtic and American music as they weave a magical spell with virtuoso performances sure to delight and amaze!

Maggie Sansone is a WAMMIE winner (Washington Area Music Association) and owner of Maggie's Music featured on CBS TV "Sunday Morning ." She is heard on Fiona Ritchie's The Thistle & Shamrock ( NPR) who said "Maggie's Music is a gathering place of much Celtic-rooted and inspired acoustic music in the USA".

Irish Step Dancers:
Kate Bole, Phillip Stacy, and Caitlin Ward are excited to bring an extra layer of rhythm to the show with high-energy traditional Irish hardshoe dancing! As dancers and teachers with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, they have performed at venues around the DC metro area including The Washington Folk Festival, The Music Center at Strathmore in concert with Eileen Ivers, the 2013 Washington Performing Arts Society Gala, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. www.cullkinschool.com

Robin Bullock

Robin Bullock is an award-winning Celtic/American string wizard and a prolific composer and multi-instrumentalist, whose virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and their vigorous Appalachian descendants into one powerful musical vision. Originally rising 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, 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 recorded works includes two solo recordings on the Maggie’s Music record label (Midnight Howl and Between Earth & Sky) and many of his own solo recordings. Numerous collaborations, the most recent of which, Celtic Guitar Summit is with California finger stylist Steve Baughman and was honored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine with three "Editor's Pick" awards as one of the top ten CDs of the year. 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.

This is Robin Bullock’s second appearance in a double billing with Maggie Sansone & friends for the Maggie’s Music annual Ram Head on Stage ‘Celebration the New Year’ concert. Today, Robin is recognized as one of the few musicians who can so successfully blend the ancient airs and dance tunes of the Celtic lands with the roots music traditions of the "New World." In 2013, after thirteen years based in France, Robin settled in his longtime home-away-from-home of Black Mountain, North Carolina, just outside Asheville. In addition Robin also tours internationally with Grammy-winning folk legend Tom Paxton.

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