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Dulcimerica: Volume 1

by Bing Futch

A blend of traditional and modern music played on the mountain dulcimer, "Dulcimerica: Volume 1" bridges the gap between folk music and progressive acoustic styles.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Swing Low Sweet Chariot/He's Got The Whole World In His Hand
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2. Old Black Cat Couldn't Catch A Rat
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3. Polly Wolly Doodle
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4. En Evant Deux
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5. Gold Trails Hotel
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6. This Road This Moment
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7. Whiskey Before Waltzing
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8. Please Bury Me By The River Shannon
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9. Squire Wood's Lament
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10. Cotton Eyed Joe
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11. Planxty Fanny Po'er
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12. Edelweiss
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13. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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14. Sunday Morning
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15. Mountains Of Pomeroy
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16. River
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bing Futch has been playing Appalachian mountain dulcimer since 1985 and is one of the most high-profile performers of this uniquely American instrument today. In 1999, he founded Americana band MOHAVE, a free-wheeling, good-timing collective of musicians that has performed at numerous festivals and county fairs, played to audiences at venues such as Hard Rock Live Orlando and the House Of Blues at Walt Disney World, and opened for national acts MOLLY HATCHET, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, WRONG and THE CRESTS, all while keeping the dulcimer front and center.

As a solo performer, Bing retains the high-energy performances and engaging audience interaction that infuses every MOHAVE show. His original songs are rooted within international folk music, mixing African and Native American rhythms, blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz, Dixieland, Celtic, country, middle eastern and latin influences with original rock and pop grooves. Keeping one foot firmly planted on traditional music soil, Bing explores exciting new territory with the dulcimer; from acoustic explorations to fully electric soundscapes.

"Dulcimerica: Volume 1" is Bing's first solo dulcimer recording and it is a combination of both traditional and modern tunes with a handful of originals. From the opening gospel medley "Swing Low Sweet Chariot/He's Got The Whole World In His Hand" to the silver-screen magic of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", the mountain dulcimer takes center stage as an expressive and dynamic instrument. Adding delicious spice to the traditional tune "Cotton Eyed Joe" as well as the fiddle medley "Gold Trails Hotel" is harmonica player Charles Stansell, who also performs on Bing's original composition "Sunday Morning." Other original songs include the jaunty "This Road This Moment" and a lilting Irish waltz entitled "Please Bury Me By The River Shannon."

In keeping with the eclectic theme of "Dulcimerica", there are Irish songs ("Planxty Fanny Po'er", "Squire Wood's Lament", "Whiskey Before Waltzing"), French reels ("En Avant Deux"), traditional American classics ("Polly Wolly Doodle", "The Old Black Cat Couldn't Catch A Rat"), more showtunes ("Edelweiss") and a rendition of Bill Staines' "River." Music from all over the map in the first of a planned series of recordings.

A LITTLE HISTORY

Bing discovered the mountain dulcimer in 1985 while working in parking control at Knott's Berry Farm theme park in California. He quickly transferred to the Dulcimer Shop, which was owned by Bud and Donna Ford. "I had no idea that they were such key players in the scene, " said Bing, "not until a lot of time had passed." In fact, twenty years of experimenting, practicing, recording and performing went by before he finally got plugged into the national dulcimer scene. "There was no internet back then, no local stores with dulcimer instruction books or records. I'd ask for something dulcimer-related and they'd say I was in the wrong store." With only two beginner's books and a trio of cassettes by Neal Hellman, Michael Rugg and David Schnaufer as inspiration, Bing was left to his own devices until he discovered the EverythingDulcimer.com website in late 2003. "It put me in touch with other dulcimer players," said Bing. "That was a Godsend."

A couple of years later, Bing received an out-of-the-blue phone call from reknowned dulcimer player and instructor Stephen Seifert, who encouraged him to bring his unique stylings into the national dulcimer scene. Since then, Bing has emerged on the festival circuit as a one-of-a-kind performer and an innovative teacher of the instrument. He's also jammed and become friends with some of the top players and instructors in the world, including Seifert, Butch Ross, Jerry Rockwell and the inimitable Robert Force.

Bing Futch expresses the melting-pot nature of America through an instrument that has evolved out of the same multi-cultural rites. By playing both progressive and traditional music, he attempts to bridge the gap between where we've been and where we're going. There's always excitement in the unknown, just as there is primal reassurance in the ways of folk tradition. And what is folk but music of the people?

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Lo-Reid

A fantastic performance of mountain dulcimer!
This CD is GREAT! The solo dulcimer is beautiful to listen to and Bing Futch makes the dulcimer come alive! It truly shows how far the dulcimer can go! His original tunes and old favorites are ones you want to listen to over and over again! I highly reccomend it!
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Dulcimer Players News

A real treat that showcases Bing's excellent playing.
Bing Futch has been making music on the mountain dulcimer for a long time. As a front man for the Americana band, Mohave, he has demonstrated a unique playing style that incorporates tribal rhythms from African and Native American influences as well as Celtic and early mountain music. His technique is equal parts traditional and experimental, with a fondness for playing in DAA tuning. He also plays electric dulcimer with the band as well using distortion, delay and various digital effects to create a sound that has been described as "musical Tabasco" among other things. Mohave has performed at Walt Disney World and opened for bands such as the southern rockers Molly Hatchet and the classic doo-wop group The Crests. That's a pretty impressive resume but it doesn't really prepare you for his latest album which is solo dulcimer with no electronic gimmicks at all. The only "extra" is some fine harmonica playing by Charles Stansell. Bing is a relly fine player with an eclectic taste in music that takes him from "Polly Wolly Doodle" one minute to "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" the next. "Dulcimerica, Volume 1" is a real treat that showcases Bing's excellent playing on a wide variety of material, including several originals.
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RePete

Great CD! I enjoy listening to it over & over!
This is a great CD! I love listening to it over and over, while attempting to play along. It includes well known songs as well as original pieces written by the artist.
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Barbara Kelly

Adored this cd! Very talented!
I was pleasantly surprised at the versatality of this performer, his traditional and non-traditional stylings are absolutely perfect. Loved his Polly Wolly Doodle, Squire Wood's Lament never fails to bring tears.
This cd really is 5 star!
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Della Ashton

WOW, Fantastic, A must have!!!!
I really enjoy the variety of styles and the energy that just bounces off the strings. You can’t help but get a spring in your step when you listen to this CD. Bing takes a traditional instrument and traditional songs and breathes new life into them.
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Tamara

love it!!
The collection of songs flows together very nice. I love listening to it at home, work, and in the car. It has become one of life's little pleasures for me. Thanks, Bing!!
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Yogi Mellister

If you are liking dulcimer you are liking this
music is clean and well executed, pleasant enough.
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John Morgan

Origonal and traditional work made origonal, dulcimer virtuoso.
This is a fine example of what a dulcimer can do ... origonal songs and traditional songs done with origonality. Nice duets with harmonica, This is a definate must to have!
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Ken Longfield

Excellent CD for all interested in mountain dulcimer
This CD presents a wonderful collection of music which includes some dulcimer standards and new compositions. There is variety on this disc with something for everyone. It is one of the most enjoyable dulcimer CDs I have listened to in a long time. If you can only add one dulcimer CD to your collection, make it this one.
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Michael Oliver

An ecletic mixture of traditional and original compositions.
This is the first mountain dulcimer recording from a relative newcomer to the dulcimer scene and promises great things to come. The playing is beautifully done and full of life. Bing's various life influences have led to a playing style that encompasses many styles of music and a different take on old favorites. A mixtures of covers of traditional music and his own compositions, this CD is a must have for anyone interested in the mountain dulcimer and those interested in music in general.
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