Bayard old-time music tunes available on YouTube


Famed folklorist Samuel Preston Bayard

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State’s University Libraries announces the release of the Samuel Preston Bayard folklore recordings on YouTube. Treasured by folklorists, folk musicians, and American culturists, all sixty-one recordings from the Samuel Preston Bayard folklore recordings playlist are now digitized and available to the public for listening as a YouTube video playlist (

Among the tunes are “The Dublin Jig,” “Scotch Laddie,” “Irish Washerwoman,” “Froggie Went a Courting,” and “Down in Lock Haven.” The videos are structured by performing artist and, where available, feature images of sheet music, lyrics, and song title lists taken from Bayard’s own field notes.