Maggie Sansone's Windrift Celtic Band Featuring Robin Bullock
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
This event is 21 and over
Rams Head On Stage presents The 15th Annual Maggie’s Music New Year’s Day Concert with a double billing: Maggie Sansone's Windrift Celtic band plus guitar virtuoso Robin Bullock.
This exciting double billing includes special guests Seth Kibel on woodwinds and sax and Matthew Bell on bodhran and percussion along with Irish stepdancers Kate Bole and Rebecca McGowan. 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!
This is Robin's first time at Rams Head On Stage. His guitar playing has been praised as "Breathtaking...brilliant technique, always in service of the music." - Guitar Player .
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".
Kate Bole and Rebecca McGowan are Irish stepdancers and choreographers with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, The New Century American Irish Arts Company, and Shannon Dunne Dance. They have performed in the DC metro area at venues like the Washington Folk Festival, the CCE Musical Arts and Dance Week Finale Concert, The Music Center at Strathmore in concert with Eileen Ivers, the 2013 Washington Performing Arts Society Gala, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Kate and Rebecca love the chance to bring a new layer of rhythm to a live show with high energy traditional Irish hardshoe dancing. They are very excited to be returning to Rams Head On Stage for Maggie's New Years Day Concert!
Robin is 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. 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 evocative original compositions all find a musical 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.
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 work includes eight critically acclaimed solo CDs and numerous collaborations, the most recent of which, Celtic Guitar Summit with California fingerstylist Steve Baughman, was honored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine with an "Editor's Pick" as one of the top CDs of 2003.
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, 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 2000, Robin relocated to France, and now lives in the tiny village of Tripleval, on the Seine river northwest of Paris. He continues to tour and record on both sides of the Atlantic, performing solo and in duos with guitarist Steve Baughman and flute player Michel Sikiotakis.
"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)
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