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Pittsburgh area musicians give new life to regional heritage

CD release party and concert
Behind the Door: 
Old Time Music of
Southwestern Pennsylvania

April 17 2016,      1 - 5 PM
West Homestead, PA
Bulgarian - Macedonian Hall  (BMNECC)

Mark Tamsula  and  Richard Withers
with  Dave Krysty  and  Ellen Gozion


Local old time music icons Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers are giving new life to a regional music tradition. Their 3rd cd  Behind the Door, presents 20 tracks of traditional Appalachian music historically rooted in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Mark and Richard perform tunes collected by the renowned music historian and Penn State professor, Samuel Bayard. Bayard visited fiddlers and fifers in this region between 1928 and 1963, and published over 1000 of their tunes in two books, Hill Country Tunes, and Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife. Most of the tunes are performed on fiddle and banjo, the traditional "old time" instrumentation, but also include selections on the wooden flute, in keeping with the rich heritage of fife music Bayard drew on in preserving the music of this region. They are joined on several tracks by veteran guitarist Dave Krysty, also a pioneer in the revival of traditional music with local roots, and Ellen Gozion ( of The Early Mays ), who presents two beautiful samples of Bayard's unpublished song collection. Sam Bayard and his source musicians are gone, but Tamsula and Withers, along with Krysty and Gozion, have brought their music back to life on fiddle and banjo, vocals, flute and guitar.

CD release party and concert
Behind the Door: Old Time Music of Southwestern Pennsylvania,
Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers

Sunday, April 17 2016, 
1pm - 5 pm. 
All ages welcome. 
No cover charge, but purchase of CD ($15) would be kindly appreciated.

Appearing for this event will be Mark Tamsula on fiddle and Richard Withers on banjo (&wood flute), joined by Dave Krysty on guitar, and Ellen Gozion, vocals.

BMNECC Hall (Bulgarian Macedonian National Education Cultural Center)
450 West Eighth Avenue, West Homestead, PA

Contact: Mark Tamsula

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Allegheny Portage Railroad: Evening on the Summit Series     Cresson, PA

Ice Jam     Days Inn, Butler PA

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