2017 Saturday Evening Concert
8:00pm, at MHCA Cinema (Mountain Park Plaza, West Dover)
CONCERT FEATURED PERFORMERS
Bing Futch - Bing Futch kicks off every performance with a buoyant energy that is inviting and energizing. Using the 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, Bing switches the channels on style with every new song. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the 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. 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, where he competed in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals, gaining new notice and fans for himself and this unique instrument. Bing won the Solo/Duo Award for the 2015 Central Florida Blues Challenge for the second year in a row. He then competed in the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis where 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.
Bing 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.
Bing 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. www.bingfutch.com
Susan Trump - Susan Trump is a singer whose gentle voice and story songs you won’t forget. Her award-winning artistry on the mountain dulcimer, guitar, and banjo accompany her Americana songs, taking us back to the front porch friendly existence of life in a gentler time. Her music brings back images of the things in our lives that really matter: songs of home, hills, farms, and small town America.
Susan has been a favorite instructor and performer on the dulcimer scene for the past thirty years. She is known for her clear teaching style and interesting, playable arrangements. She has authored four books. Her latest book/CD set is Music from the Muse, a collection of twenty-one original pieces for Intermediate players. She has written a book with CD of O'Carolan arrangements, A Classical Collection, and Novice Level Chords and Fingering Book/ CD. She also has currently available, Lessons in Your Living Room, a monthly subscription series mailed to your home, which includes the TAB and instructional CD for separate arrangements for novice and intermediate-and-up level players, backup chords, duet parts, intros and endings.
Susan is the producer of the classic Masters of the Mountain Dulcimer series, featuring instrumental selections from many of the finest players in the country. The third in the series is Masters Play Music for Christmas. She has four solo CDs to her credit. Her newest CD, Songs of Faith and Hope, a collection of inspirational, uplifting songs for everyone is being touted as her best ever! For more information visit www.susantrump.com.
Pam Weeks - Pam Weeks is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and contra dance caller from Bowdoin, Maine, who believes in sharing the "joie de vivre" of traditional music and dance with everyone! Pam is fiddler and singer in the Maine-based Cajun dance band, Jimmyjo & the Jumbol'Ayuhs, sings and plays several instruments in the folk trio, T-Acadie, plays fiddle and mountain dulcimer in the Maine contradance band, Scrod Pudding, and also performs solo or with guitar player and caller Bill Olson. She teaches private lessons in fiddle, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, mountain dulcimer, piano, flute, sax, and voice and is a mainstay teacher at Maine Fiddle Camp, teaching mountain dulcimer, piano, cello, fiddle, and voice to all ages. Pam is an accomplished tunesmith and has composed scores of tunes, from lively jigs and reels, to entrancing airs and beautifully flowing waltzes. Many of these are recorded on her four albums, the most recent of which is By the Sea with her trio, T-Acadie.
Pam is also a past president of the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts (DEFFA), the Maine traditional music and dance advocacy organization. When not singing, dancing, or playing music, Pam is gardening organically, raising chickens, cutting wood, and living as sustainably as possible on her small homestead. www.pamweeks.com