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A Guitar for Christmas

by Robin Bullock

Award-winning "Celtic guitar god" (Baltimore City Paper) celebrates Christmas with solo guitar settings of carols and hymns spanning over 600 years. "Beautiful all the way around...great playing." - George Winston
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angelus ad Virginem
1:13 $0.99
2. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
2:13 $0.99
3. Christmas Day in the Morning/Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella/I
3:26 $0.99
4. Angels from the Realms of Glory
1:19 $0.99
5. What Child is This
3:11 $0.99
6. Deck the Halls
2:43 $0.99
7. I Saw Three Ships (Furry Day Carol)/Miss Murphy
3:01 $0.99
8. Carol of the Bells
2:52 $0.99
9. Here We Come A-Wassailing/Joy to the World
2:49 $0.99
10. Jesus Won't You Come By Here/Go Tell It on the Mountain
3:48 $0.99
11. Wexford Carol
2:48 $0.99
12. O Come O Come Emmanuel/Light of Love/Sussex Carol
5:14 $0.99
13. Rorate
3:15 $0.99
14. The First Noel
2:26 $0.99
15. O Little Town of Bethlehem
3:11 $0.99
16. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
2:36 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Since Robin Bullock's original rise to prominence as a founding member of the INDIE Award-winning acoustic trio Helicon, the guitar virtuoso'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." Guitar Player Magazine describes his music as "Breathtaking...brilliant technique, always in service of the music." The English magazine Classical Guitar hails him as "A musician whose technical skill and stylistic expertise are second to none...a time-served folkie of the highest calibre," while Baltimore City Paper simply calls
him a "Celtic guitar god." A native of Washington DC, Robin now lives in the tiny village of Tripleval, France, and tours and records on both sides of the ocean.


From www.christmasreviews.com

"If you must buy only one holiday album of instrumental guitar music, let Robin Bullock's A Guitar for Christmas be the one. It is magnificent. First, know that the award-winning Bullock is a genuine guitar god among mortals, a man who must have at least 25 digits on each hand to accomplish his feats of magic. Second, this holiday album is superbly constructed in every respect--song selection, production values, just everything.

"One note of caution: his sophisticated presentation here speaks in a gentle voice; if you seek one of those boisterous, hard-plucked treatments of holiday fare, then A Guitar for Christmas is just not the guitar for you.

"Bullock's technical proficiency enough is astounding, and he pumps emotive warmth into every moment. His 16 tracks are broken into four separate segments (Introduction: Daybreak is the first track; Part One: Christmas Morning covers tracks 2-5; Part Two: Christmas Day covers tracks 6-11; and Part Three: Christmas Night covers tracks 12-16). The differences among the sections are subtle; in general, the morning pieces tend to be slower, filled with anticipation; the day section is more celebratory and has a faster tempo; then Christmas night is back to a slower, more reverential, tone and pace. The overall focus is on ancient carols and includes many of my personal favorites ("Carol of the Bells," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"). I especially enjoyed the "O Come O Come Emmanuel/Light of Love/Sussex Carol" medley, which is deeply textured and also happens to be the album's longest track.

"Robin Bullock's A Christmas Guitar effortlessly creates a warm afterglow, assuring the listener that it is very good to be alive in this world. Come bask in the glow."



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I am looking forward to giving this great cd to my son, who plays guitar, for Christmas. I had it delivered without the jewel case, so I haven't had to wait to open it,and I can listen to it when my son is not home!..it conveys the gentle, happy spirit of Christmas. This was my first purchase on the net, and it was very well handled. For Canadian buyers it was $20.80 Cdn all inclusive..I recommend it and congratulate Robin for a fine recording.

Michelle Zupan

If all Christmas music was this good, we wouldn't hate listening to it in the mall in October! Robin's talent on the acoustic guitar is genuinely inspiring. His arrangement of the "Carol of the Bells" is breathtaking. But don't expect to sing along to the old chestnuts -- the arrangements are updated and often much faster than the traditional scores. This CD is meant solely for the love of the music. I enoyed this CD so much last Christmas that I gave it as a gift to everyone this Christmas. Truly exceptional talent!


Nice mix of Christmas music
This CD refreshes old tunes with new and different arrangements that are very pleasant to listen to. The more unfamiliar tunes are exquisitly done and I could listen to this CD all year round. Robin's guitar playing is incredible.


Excellent, lyrical, exceptional
As someone with an extensive collection of holiday music, I think carefully about any additions. There must be something extraordinary about the CD. There certainly was about this one. The treatments are fresh and new, while at the same time many of them evoke an almost medieval feel (think "Brave Sir Robin" from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"), while other have a gentle, "down-home" approach. An outstanding addition to any collection.

Mike Dineen

Magical blend
Robin manages to blend two magics to come up with an even more magical syenergy than either one on its own- he blends the celtic tradition with the yuletide season with mastery & magic. The result is better listened to than described in words.