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Pittsburgh area musicians give new life to regional heritage

CD release party and



Southwestern Pennsylvania

Fife Tunes and Other Music

on the Wooden Flute

Richard Withers              

Local old time music icons Richard Withers and Mark Tamsula have given new life to Appalachian music rooted in Southwestern Pennsylvania. With talented guests they record and perform tunes from the historical Bayard collections of music from fiddlers, fifers and singers, representing centuries of musical tradition in this region. 

Unlike the previous three albums of mostly fiddle and banjo instrumentals, their 4th cd The Snowy Hill focuses on fife tunes, featuring Richard Withers on wooden flutes, joined by Kathy Fallon and Mark Tamsula on guitars. The album also includes Bruce Molyneaux on mandolin and banjo, Oliver Browne on fiddle and Kenan Foley on drum. 

The fife tradition is relatively obscure nowadays, but fife and drum corps once moved troops efficiently around the country during the wars Pennsylvanians took part in, and their tunes were passed down for generations by families of veterans. "Once in great demand, the fifers and drummers played on every conceivable occasion of local interest" (Bayard, 1983, p. 4). Such music was once a keystone of the region's culture, originating with the tunes and songs of British Isles and German forebears and re-crafted over generations to fit community life in this northern corner of Appalachia. 

Professor Bayard and his source musicians are gone, but Withers and Tamsula, with guitarist Kathy Fallon, are once more bringing their music back to life, this time with flute and guitar.

CD Release Party and Concert


Southwestern Pennsylvania

Fife Tunes

 and Other Music on the

Wooden Flute

Sun.  April 22  2018
4  - 7 pm

Threadbare Cider House
1291 Spring Garden Ave, 
Pittsburgh, PA

All ages welcome. No cover charge, 
but purchase of CD ($15)
would be kindly appreciated.

Appearing for this event will be:

Richard Withers, Kathy Fallon, 
Mark Tamsula, Kenan Foley,
Oliver Browne  and  Bruce Molyneaux


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