who has been around the hill at Clifftop for the last decade has heard the
beautiful and rare tunes that Mark has rescued from the hills of
Pennsylvania. Now he and Richard bring us a marvelous cd that does for
that region what Bruce Greene has done for Kentucky and Gary Harrison for
F. Gura, author of
*America's Instrument: The Banjo in America*
tracks there! Always a treat to hear the old tunes and songs not just
preserved, but alive and lively,... present[ed] with a clear regional
Bayard was the most prominent scholar of traditional Pennsylvania music. It is
wonderful to know that this tradition still lives through the playing of Mark
Tamsula and Richard Withers. Bayard would have been proud!"
Rahkonen, Ph.D., Ethnomusicologist, Indiana, PA.
Sam Bayard collected the old tunes from the hollers and the hills …. Mark and
Dick have brought them off of the flat page and back into our ears and straight
to our tapping feet. You can hear the mountains in these tunes."
Krysty, Fiddler and Folklorist, Pittsburgh, PA.
and Richard have created an appealing aural anthology that revivifies the spirit
of early Pennsylvania fiddlers and fifers, bringing Sam Bayard's collections to
life in 3-D: dance, discovery, and delight."
Root, Professor of Music;
Director, Center for American Music;
"Nothing that Sam Bayard has written has ever been refuted."
Kenneth Goldstein, head of the University of
Pennsylvania's Folklore and Folklife department
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