Saturday, May 12th, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Old Time Band. Admission to the concert is $10 for adults, children 6 to 11 $1, under age 6 free.
For such a young man, Jake Krack has an impressive biography. He graduated from Berea College in 2007. While at Berea, Jake was a recipient of the Red Foley Memorial Music Award. Now an alumni of Berea, he completed an internship at the Smithsonian Folklife Archives in Washington, D.C. Jake produced a traditional fiddle CD for the Smithsonian Folkways label. In addition, he has taken place in the Alan Lomax Symposium held at the Library of Congress for scholars and music archivists.
Jake has won numerous fiddlers convention awards. The Galax Fiddlers Convention, the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia and the Mt. Airy, North Carolina Fiddlers Convention have all given Jake first place fiddler awards multiple times. He’s been named best all-around performer at Berea College and the Galax Fiddlers Convention multiple times. First place fiddling awards have gone to Jake at Sparta, North Carolina and at Ashland, Kentucky. He was named Performing Artist of the Year by Tamrack – the Best of West Virginia and multiple other music gatherings. Jake is the youngest fiddler to have won the adult old time fiddle award at Clifftop. He’s the first person to have won first place awards as a teenager at 15 and an adult at age 22. In addition, Jake has placed first with several old time bands at all these conventions and many more. He runs Krack’s Fiddle Shop in Orma, West Virginia and somehow finds time to do fiddle lessons there. He’s done many workshops and served as an instructor at practically every place old time fiddle is taught. Jake has produced and released almost a dozen CDs on which he is featured. In addition, he has produced and/or consulted on many old time CDs. Jake is an Individual Artist Coordinator for the Culture and History Department in Charleston, West Virginia. He authored a book – Passing the Music Down – about a young boy who travels to the hills of Appalachia to meet the fiddler whose music inspired him. Old time fiddler Melvin Wine was his inspiration, and Jake was the young boy in the book. Jake Krack is quite simply the hottest young fiddler around.
Jake was featured on PBS television and on Senator Robert Byrd’s film Soul of the Senate. Concert venues he has performed at include Berea College, the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, University of Chicago Folk Festival, Mt. Airy Fiddler’s Convention, the Alleghany County Fiddler’s Convention, Appalachian State Fiddler’s Convention, the Galax Fiddler’s Convention, Clifftop Stringband Festival, Merlefest, Mountain Stage, NPR’s Prairie Home Companion, and so many others that they’re too numerous to list. Jake has been profiled by Art Works, Fiddlers Magazine, Berea Alumni Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Folk Works, Dirty Linen Music Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Spectrum Magazine in Scotland, CNN, Canadian Public Television, and the New York Times.
This concert will mark Jake’s fourth performance at the Carter Fold. Many famous fiddlers have performed at the Fold, and we think Jake ranks among the best. Bands who play at the Fold (and our Fold audience) know that good fiddling is a big part of a Fold concert. Jake Krack will deliver that and then some. In fact, he can hold his own with any fiddler who ever graced our stage.
Performing with Jake will be the Bing Brothers. Tim Bing will be featured on banjo, and Mike Bing will be playing mandolin. The Bing Brothers were formerly the Whoopin’ Hollar Band. Come out and join us for Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, and be sure to bring all your friends. For additional information on Jake and the band, check them out on the internet and YouTube.