Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are extraordinary musicians. If
you didn't know it before, you sure did after Ken Burns' The
Civil War hit the airwaves. Their performance of Jay's haunting
composition "Ashokan Farewell" — the musical
hallmark of the PBS series — earned the couple international
acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and "Ashokan Farewell" — originally
inspired by Jay & Molly's annual fiddle and dance camps — was
nominated for an Emmy.
Of course "Ashokan Farewell" is only part of the story.
Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Jay and Molly have become
one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music
scene. With their comfortable sense of fun and their love of
music, they make each concert a musical journey — sometimes
spanning two continents and two centuries. Their incomparable
warmth and wit — coupled with consummate musicianship — have
delighted audiences worldwide.
Listen to the timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian,
Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy
songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes,
and deeply moving original compositions. It's immediately apparent
why Jay and Molly concerts warm the heart, feed the soul, and
appeal to all ages. No wonder they continue to receive widespread
They've garnered legions of fans through their appearances on
Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public
radio specials, and work on film soundtracks such as Brother's
Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a host of Ken Burns documentaries.
And what of the event that inspired their signature tune? Jay
and Molly's Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps — in New York's
Catskill Mountains — remain a favorite learning vacation
destination for music and dance enthusiasts all across the country.
If you love American acoustic music, a Jay Ungar & Molly
Mason concert is a must.