Selections from the Samuel Bayard Collections performed by:

Mark Tamsula ~ Fiddle

Richard Withers ~ Banjo, Flute

Dave Krysty ~ Guitar

Ellen Gozion ~ Vocals


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1   Such a Gittin' Upstairs / Patterson’s Hornpipe
2   The Roving Sailor
3   The Grey Eagle
4   Hog Eye an' a 'Tater
5   Shelving Rock / Sally Corn
6   Over the River to Charlie
7   The Blackbird
8   Jimmy King
9   Keep Off the Grass
10 Behind the Door
11 The Waterford Special / Si Hall’s Reel
12 Whiskey
13 Walter Ireland’s
14 Geordie
15 Jinny in the Lowlands
16 The Frosts on the Punkin and the Fodder's in the Shock / Up Jumped Jinny With Her Shirt Tail Torn
17 Sam Waggle’s / Shape's Cotillion / John Newgrant Come Home With A Pain In His Head
18 Jim Harbst’s Tune / The Soap- Fat Man
19 Down the River
20 The Old Town Band
21 Little Ellie and her Sister Liz / Three in the Hill (BONUS TRACK)


     Behind the door is our third recording of tunes and songs from the Bayard collections. Between 1928 and 1963 Samuel Preston Bayard and collaborators travelled throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, collecting and preserving local music he recognized to be a threatened part of community life in this region given the inevitable spread of commercial entertainment during the early 20th Century.  Bayard wrote down many of these tunes note-for-note as he listened to patient, mostly elderly fiddlers, singers and fifers willing to take him into their homes and pass on their music. Some already in their 70s and 80s at the time of his visits had learned the music directly from previous generations born in mid-19th century Pennsylvania. Through Bayard they’ve left us an ancient and priceless cultural heirloom.

    We’re fortunate to have veteran folk singer Ellen Gozion join us with two of the many songs she’s learned from Bayard’s unpublished collection of vocal music of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  We’re also proud to be joined on guitar by Dave Krysty, himself a pioneer in recording traditional Pennsylvania music.

    Most of the tunes on our recordings are performed in the familiar old-time combination of fiddle and banjo, and sometimes guitar. Some may wonder at our occasional use of wooden flute on these recordings of Appalachian music, an instrument most associated with traditional Irish music; eclecticism or hybridization, however, is not our intent. Instead, we include the flute in recognition of the longstanding fifing tradition Bayard drew on in representing the music of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The flute I use is nearly identical to a fife but pitched an octave lower, making it, I believe, more accessible as an “indoor” instrument.

    We’ve taken all but a few of our selections from the written versions Bayard painstakingly transcribed and published in his two major works, Hill Country Tunes, and Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife .  Learning Old Time music from written sources raises questions of fidelity for traditionalists used to learning by ear. Inevitably, we’ve strayed some from the exact transcriptions in our playing. Even so, we’ve tried to maintain the integrity of the tunes as written while playing them in the style at which we’re most adept, all in order to bring the music to life from off of the written page.  We’d like to think the old sources would approve of how we’ve done it.

Richard Withers, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016


Bayard, S. P., Ed. (1982). Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife: Instrumental Folk Tunes in Pennsylvania. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press.

Bayard, S. P. (1944). Hill Country Tunes: Instrumental Folk Music of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: American Folklore Society.



Fiddle:  Mark Tamsula 

Banjo, flutes, whistles:  Richard Withers 

Guitar: Dave Krysty

Vocals: Ellen Gozion

Recorded at Richard's home in Forest Hills, PA. 

Mixing and editing by Mark Tamsula. 

Layout: Mark Tamsula

Cover art: Kathy Borland

CD Replication by Oasis Disc Manufacturing:

All tunes arranged and produced by Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers.






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. In addition to performing and recording the music of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Mark also performs with the bands Lackawanna Longnecks (old time) and Grand Bon Rien (Cajun).


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. In addition to performing and recording the music of Southwestern Pennsylvania, 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.


A lifelong resident of southwestern Pa., 
Ellen Gozion
has been searching out, singing & cherishing traditional songs for nearly two decades. 
Her repertoire draws heavily upon the Scottish and English songs that became a staple for generations of singers in the Southern and upper Appalachians. She has recorded two solo collections of traditional songs and currently performs with The Early Mays.


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:


Dunbar fiddlers Jim Bryner and Jonah "Doan" Hughes 
with Dave Krysty


In 1988 Dave recorded an album with Bill Lemons titled  Folk Songs of Western Pennsylvania and since then he has supported the local tradition of fiddle music, songs and stories through his performances, and work with local arts organizations.





"The Snowy Hill is my new standard for traditional music albums. It looks backward and forward with perfect clarity: the old tunes are performed enthusiastically, with freedom, and the new tunes are artfully crafted, worthy of inclusion in the canon. Richard's playing is gorgeous, and his arrangements are thoughtful and dynamic. I especially appreciated the moments in the album when the tunes were played long. Many players state the tune, repeat, then move on, but Richard plays with a rare faith in the music, that these tunes are more than novel, 16-bar compositions, and they deserve to be considered on a deeper level. 

 As someone who only recently fell in love with the traditional music of Southwestern Pennsylvania, I'm grateful to know it's in such good hands. Richard and Co. are doing the brave and discerning work of not only preserving a tradition, but tending it so it can grow and flourish.”

- Cameron DeWhitt, podcaster,

“Get Up in the Cool: Old Time Music with Cameron DeWhitt and Friends” -


Well, Sam, when they was all a-blowin’ their innards out, and the drums backin’ ‘em up, it wouldn’t have made that much difference.”

– Marion Yoders, Greene County fifer


"Mark and Richard have once again drunk deep from the great Southwest Pennsylvania fiddle-tune collection of Sam Bayard. No reproduction or imitation here – pure oldtime Pennsylvania, freshly brought to life again by Mark and Richard."

Alan Jabbour, folklorist and musician


"Mark and Richard draw from the deep well of traditional fiddle and fife music in the longstanding Pennsylvania tradition.  The tunes flow forth not as artifacts but as living pieces of contemporary art.  They pulse with an immediacy that is infused with respect, moving the listener with their immortality."

Bob Buckingham of Fiddler Magazine


"Anyone 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 Illinois."     

Philip F. Gura, author of
*America's Instrument: The Banjo in America*


"Nice 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 focus."

Dan Gellert


"Samuel 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!" 

Carl Rahkonen, Ph.D., Ethnomusicologist, Indiana, PA.


"Dr. 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." 

Dave Krysty, Fiddler and Folklorist, 
Pittsburgh, PA.


"Mark 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." 

Deane Root, Professor of Music;
Director, Center for American Music;
University of Pittsburgh


"It is extremely doubtful if any other living man could have produced such a piece of research. Bayard's expertise in the field of general folklore, as well as fiddle and fife tunes could hardly be matched."

George Swetnam, Pittsburgh 1983


"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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