Bing Futch

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Location: Orlando, FL
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2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist Winner - "Best Guitarist" Award

"A master of the mountain dulcimer" - Connections Magazine

"He plays the dulcimer like Jimi Hendrix. He has this ability to communicate a sensual energy when he's onstage" - Tom Shed, Florida Folk Festival organizer

 "...a high-energy solo performer and frontman..." - Music Connection

 "Musical Tabasco!" - The Orlando Weekly


With a big smile and wild dreadlocks,  Bing Futch  kicks off every performance with a buoyant energy that is inviting and energizing.  Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums and electronic effects, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit and a genuinely huge heart for sharing music with a crowd. 

Known for his musical shape-shifting, Futch switches the channels on style with every new song, sung in a limber tenor voice and woven together with the other instruments. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the lesser known mountain dulcimer, makes each show a one-of-a-kind and good-timing romp. 

As a nationally touring solo performer he's headlined at such events as  The Florida Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, The Big Muddy, Kentucky Music Weekend  and  Common Ground On The Hill. 

With a strong love for traditional music, Futch has enjoyed a career on both sides of the folk and rock divide, first as guitarist for CCM post-punkers  Crazed Bunnyz  in 1986 and much later in 1999 as co-founder of  Mohave  on mountain dulcimer.  That band, with bassist  Mike Burney  and drummer  McGyver , took off after their debut performance at the  House of Blues  at  Walt Disney World  and over the course of the next seven years would become a crowd favorite and open for the likes of  Molly Hatchet, St. Somewhere  and  The Crests.

In 2006, Futch began performing solo at county fairs and festivals across the country, along the way opening for Grammy-award winning act  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band , Grammy-award nominated artists  Sam & Ruby , bluesman  Scott Ainslie  and sharing the stage with Grammy-award nominated act  The Dixie Beeliners  among others.

He has recorded a number of albums and published several music-education books including the best-selling  "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101."  His love for blues music has led him to teach workshops on playing Delta blues on the mountain dulcimer all across the country as well as writing articles on the subject in  Mel Bay's Dulcimer Sessions  and  Dulcimer Players News.  As a member of the  Orange Blossom Blues Society , he helps with the organization's mission of presenting, preserving and promoting the blues by participating in the "Blues In The Schools" program in central Florida. In 2014, Bing won the "Solo Artist" award in the Central Florida Blues Challenge competition, earning a coveted entry into the 2015  International Blues Challenge  in Memphis, TN. Taking the mountain dulcimer where it had never gone before, Bing competed in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals, gaining new notice and fans for himself and this unique instrument. Several months later, Bing competed in the 2015 Central Florida Blues Challenge and won the Solo/Duo Award for the second year in a row, which led him back to Memphis to compete in the 2016  International Blues Challenge.   There, he advanced all the way to the finals and was given the award for "Best Guitarist" in the solo-duo category, despite competing solely on the mountain dulcimer.

Futch's music has been featured in film and video productions, video game soundtracks and exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art.  He was composer and musical director for  "The Jungle Book: A Musical Adaptation"  which ran for 66 shows at Stage Left Theater in Orlando, Florida.  He also contributed music to the soundtrack of The Castle of Miracles at  Give Kids The World Village  in Kissimmee, Florida.

Futch can often be found teaching music workshops at various festivals and colleges, presenting music education programs at schools and libraries and producing episodes of his video podcast  "Dulcimerica"  which has been viewed by over a million people worldwide and is currently in its eighth season. He is also the host of "Rhythm Roots", an hour long video program on DittyTV, The Americana Music Network.  

In traveling over 30,000 miles a year, Futch's home away from home is a 26 foot long Fleetwood Itasca Ranger that has been dubbed "Imua."  While off the road, he lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Jae, and a menagerie of critters.  

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Studies for Diatonic and Chromatic Mountain Dulcimer


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The Road

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Out Of Dreaming

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Annie Deeley
06/17/16 10:27:35AM @annie-deeley:

Sorry, that should read Robin Clark's audio, not video. 


Annie Deeley
06/17/16 10:19:50AM @annie-deeley:

Hi Bing. You are an amazing player. I beg to differ on one thing, though, so I'm gonna stick my neck out and say it. On one of your videos, "Using Multiple Fingers" I think it's called, you demonstrate Whiskey Before Breakfast as played in "noter" style, but since you "don't have a noter handy" you use one finger to show how "slow" noter playing is. With all due respect, an actual noter can move around the fretboard much faster than that! Check out Robin Clark's video of Whiskey Before Breakfast, for example.

My two cents worth - only we don't use pennies in Canada anymore, so that woould either be rounded up to a nickel, or down to zero! 

 

 


Strumelia
02/04/16 03:01:31PM @strumelia:

Bing- Congratulations on your awesome win in the international Blues competition!

dancecool


Greg Patterson
01/03/15 12:52:46PM @greg-patterson:

Hi Bing,

Just wanted to say thanks for your Dulcimerica videos-- they were a huge influence in my decision to take the plunge and pick up a dulcimer a year ago, and extremely helpful in getting started (no teachers in my area). Your playing the blues on the dulcimer was also inspiring. It's been a fun year. Keep up the good workGrin.gif !


RavenMadd Garcia
07/28/13 03:57:13PM @ravenmadd-garcia:

thank you


Scott Allen
07/08/13 08:42:44AM @scott-allen:

Hey Bing, My wife and I really enjoyed your concert at the Garry Owen. The bodhran and fiddle were a bonus! Your rendition of "The Gael" was awesome. I didn't get a chance to tell you, but a good friend of mine was the lone fiddle player in the fort playing "The Gael" in the actual "Last of the Mohicans" movie. It just so happens that is my favorite movie, so hearing you play it was great. Anyhow, hope to see you again somewhere soon. Take care til then!

Scott


Scott Allen
06/28/13 02:57:15PM @scott-allen:

Yes, it should be interesting with all the tourists and reenactors in town! Take care til' then.


Susie
06/11/12 08:39:55AM @susie:

Bing, your videos are wonderful. They were helpful when I was considering a new dulcimer with a 1+ fret. Went ahead and got the dulcimer and absolutely love it. Thanks! Just got into uke....got uke videos?


phil
03/03/12 12:06:43AM @phil:

Thank you for adding as a Friend. I try to learn something new every day. Walk with the Creator My Friend.


Karen Keane
01/16/12 03:09:40PM @karen-keane:

Hey Bing, Thanks for "friending" me. I am new to the site and wasn't aware that I could leave a comment when sending an invite...Ooppps! Oh well, thanks for accepting.103.gif


Scotty Lee Shuffield
05/26/10 02:13:47PM @scotty-lee-shuffield:
Thanks for the info on tunings on your "double". I need to get some Chromatic exposure - still wanna know if that is where I wanna go in the future. I'm currently playing on my "vintage" '78 Folk Roots Hourglass with a 29" VSL. I like it a lot but it has no, repeat...no extra frets! Oh Yeah, and it has no pickup for pluggin' in for gigs. I play most everything in DAD and I have a fair amount of versatility. I am sorta lookin' for something new in the new future and worry that the shorter VSL's of latter day dulcimers, won't have the depth of tone that I want. I am thinking about baritones for that depth, but not sure that is where I wanna go. I do know that I want warmth and depth but don't want to trade off the overall balance of lows, highs and mids...I play a Taylor guitar that has Koa back and sides with red cedar top - a really mellow sound taht gets lots of "attaboys" from the audience. My Lanikai Uke is all mahogany and is surprisingly pretty mellow, too. Just want something similar in any new MD's I get in the future. I hate cheesy, cheap, "tin-ny" sounds in stringed instruments.Again - thanks for sharing your specifics. Love your music and most of all your energy!Keep on keepin' on, Bruddah! Aloha nui...Scooter Lee
Sue Simms
05/26/10 09:04:52AM @sue-simms:
Oh and yes, I did a little porch picin' as well !
Sue Simms
05/26/10 09:03:18AM @sue-simms:
Quick visit over the weekend at my sisters in Ky. Cherry picking time there , picking till the juices running over my hands as well as my face , one for the bucket and one for my face ! So it's Cherry Cobbler time " yes looking forward to going back to Bardstown soon.
Scotty Lee Shuffield
05/21/10 10:24:09PM @scotty-lee-shuffield:
Yo, Bing - just checkin' out the FolkCraft site and saw some stuff on "Annie" your double dulcimer. How do you have it tune? I've seen other "doubles" (Not "courting") that were set up with a more traditional fretboard and a chromatic fretboard...but I notice yours isn't chromatic. I have no experience with chromatics but as a guitar player, am interested in them as a tool to add more versatility to my repertoire. Any thoughts or comments on that kinda set up on a "double".Scooter Lee
Sue Simms
05/16/10 05:30:24PM @sue-simms:
Kentucky Music week in Bardstown is June 20th-25th. I have family that lives outside of Bardstown and I will be staying there . Looking forward to the Jam festival and workshops. The Family I have in Auburndale Florida, outside of Lakeland and near Winterhaven are probably close to where you are. I hope to catch one of your performances there too when I'm visiting Florida.
Sue Simms
05/14/10 11:29:04AM @sue-simms:
Hello Bing Futch " I have seen you on you tube and your are Fantastic with the Dulcimer. You have encouraged me not to give up ! I was introduced to the Dulcimer in the Nineties and fell in love with the instrumment. The sound is Beautiful . I have a McSpaden hour glass. Good to see you on this site and I hope to visit Bardstown Ky festival this June. It will be my first DulcimerJam Festival. I also have family that live in Bardstown Florida, by Winterhaven and Lakeland.
Bing Futch
01/12/10 08:55:53AM @bing-futch:
Cool, Lynn - have fun with it!
Strumelia
01/06/10 12:15:48PM @strumelia:
Ed Buhler writes:<<I can't believe it is you! In this community! You are famous. I love your playing.'>>Hey, just whaddya mean by that?! LOL LOL!
Randy S. Bretz
10/28/09 09:05:14AM @randy-s-bretz:
Howdy Bing, I`ve been a fan of years for a number of years now, and just joined the site. This is my kind of place, it`s been a long time coming for all who build and play dulci`s. Hope to talk to you soon.....Randy
Cheryl Forget
09/12/09 03:28:01AM @cheryl-e-forget:
WOW, Bing!! You certainly do get around!!! Somehow I did not expect to see you here. You're so busy and all. Welcome to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.