For over 40 years, The Bing Brothers have played their hard-driving brand of string band music from Canada to Florida – from Spain to England, and from Australia, to Ireland and Scotland. Their sound has been formed in the West Virginia mountains, and they remain true to their roots. Yet The Bing Brothers are highly versatile, playing selections in old time and bluegrass, as well as traditional Irish songs and ragtime.
Banjo player Tim Bing is a 14-time West Virginia State Champion and Appalachian String Band winner. Fiddler Jake Krack has won the Galax Fiddler’s Convention Contest 6 times and is known as one of today’s top old time fiddlers. Mandolin player and band leader Mike Bing has been the glue that has kept the band together for over 40 years, and created The Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshops, which celebrate Pocahontas County and West Virginia music. Mike has developed his own style of Mandolin which blends a solid rhythm chop and unmatched melody playing into the Bing Brothers style. Because of their contributions to West Virginia music, Mike and Tim Bing were the 2012 recipients of the West Virginia Culture and History’s Vandalia Award. http://www.wvculture.org/vandalia/award/index.html
The Bing Brothers Band have kept the powerful rhythm of the band cranking with the additions of guitarist Bob Lieving and bassist Tim Corbett in 2002. In 2010 fiddler Jake Krack joined the band as they began to reach new levels. Since that time, The band has won First Place in the Old Time Band Contest at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention 4 times, at which Jake Krack was also awarded First Place Fiddler 6 times and Best All Around Performer 5 times.
In March 2011 the group began recording live performances for the release of their “LIVE from Pocahontas County WV” recording, which was released in March 2012 and received great reviews. The recording was the 3rd release for The Bing Brothers Band. Also in 2012 the band toured Australia including performances at the 30th Yarra Junction Fiddler’s Convention http://www.yarrajunctionfiddlersconvention.com/ in addition to their performances at festivals and venues here in the U. S.
In March 2015 the band was invited to perform on Broadway in New York City as part of The Irish Arts Center’s Celtic Appalachian Celebration http://www.irishartscenter.org/. The band was part of 2 sold out performances of the event, and in June of 2015 they released the “Live from Broadway NYC” DVD featuring their portion of the show which again received great reviews.
In addition to performing, The Bing Brothers Band is involved personally with the Allegheny Echoes Workshops which Mike helped create http://www.alleghenyechoes.com/ held the last week of June in Marlinton, WV. All of the band members are staff instructors. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Allegheny Echoes Workshops.