Pittsburgh old time musicians Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers share the music historically rooted in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They perform tunes collected by the renowned music historian and Penn State professor, Samuel Bayard, who visited fiddlers and fifers in that region between 1928 and 1963, and published over 1000 of their tunes. They are joined by veteran guitarist Dave Krysty, also a pioneer in the revival of traditional music with local roots. Sam Bayard and his source musicians are gone, but Tamsula, Withers, & Krysty have brought their music back to life on fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
Mark Tamsula has been performing and teaching in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region for over 30 years. He plays and teaches fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin, drawing from an ever expanding repertoire of tunes and songs. Mark also performs with the bands Lackawanna Longnecks (old time) and Grand Bon Rien (Cajun). www.appalachianmusic.net
Richard Withers has performed and recorded Old-time music on the banjo and Irish music on the flute, whistle and other instruments over the past three decades. He can be heard playing clawhammer banjo on recordings with the old-time string band Lackawanna Longnecks and Irish-style flute with Hooley, a Pittsburgh-based traditional Irish group. www.hooley.info
Dave Krysty visited and learned tunes from several of this region’s older fiddlers, notably the late Fayette County fiddler Jim Bryner, one of Bayard’s original sources. Dave videotaped sessions with Jim and Jonas Hughes in 1986, two of which can be viewed on YouTube: