the NewLanders


Art Gazdik, Mark Weakland, Gerard Rohlf, Paula Purnell and Tom Valentine


The NewLanders have been researching, singing and recording local roots music for over 15 years. We’ve released two albums, represented Pennsylvania as PennPat artists (Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour), performed for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, traveled to Germany three times with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s wonderful Born of Fire: Valley of Work collection – and mostly, really enjoyed making music together and sharing it whenever and wherever we can.


Rockin’ the Thorne Barn!

On this site, you’ll find updates about current gigs, links to sites where you can listen to and download music, and information about the band. If you’re interested in booking the NewLanders, please complete our Contact form, or call Paula Purnell at 724-838-7151


Library of Congress, Folklife Center

I recently spent a weekend perusing the wonderful music collection at the Library of Congress’s Folklife Center in Washington D.C. What a place! Even the card catalog is historic, having been build by Pete Seeger’s father, and the research librarians are amazing! I was hoping to find fodder for a new project celebrating regional roots music by Northern Appalachian women. One resource I found is a book called “Never Without a Song: The Years and Songs of Jeanie Devlin, 1865-1953” by Katherine D. Newman (forward by Alan Lomax, of course!) We’re working on arrangements now and hope to have some new songs to share soon. We’ll keep you posted!

Join Us! Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Irish Lunch Buffet

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, benefitting Larry’s Legacy Fund

We’re honored to be joining other Pittsburgh area musicians to celebrate Larry Werner’s life and benefit cancer research. Get an early start on St. Paddy’s day, raise a Guinness, and sing along!

When: Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 12 Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle 2329 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 
Cost: $25/Cash bar


We recently performed at the “Standing For Standing Rock” benefit at Unblurred on Penn  Ave.

We met lots of great folks, heard terrific music and more importantly, helped raise some funds for an important and powerful struggle to protect our environment.

Remember this event? We had a great time, singing out for Pete Seeger

may32014seegerSinging Out for Pete, First Unitarian Church in Shadyside, 2014

Sing Out for Pete, Post Gazette Article