A favorite with the Deep Roots Music Festival crowd, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are back to celebrate Deep Roots Music Festival 10th Anniversary. Jay & Molly, as they are lovingly called, performed at the first three festivals and we are glad to have them back again this year.
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s composition, Ashokan Farewell, became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS. The soundtrack won a Grammy and Ashokan Farewell was nominated for an Emmy. The piece was originally inspired by Jay & Molly’s Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps in New York’s Catskill Mountains, which are still going strong today.
Jay and Molly, musicians of enormous talent, draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles—19th-century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic fiddle tunes, and favorites from the golden age of country and swing—along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions.
In recent years, Jay and Molly have gained popularity with an ever-widening audience through their appearances on Great Performances, A Prairie Home Companion, their own public radio specials, and through their work on film soundtracks such as Brother’s Keeper, Legends of the Fall, and a number of Ken Burns’ PBS documentaries. They’ve had the honor of performing at the White House for two sitting Presidents and continue to tour extensively, delighting audiences across the country.
“On stage, Mason and Ungar complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow. Together they weave a rich post-modern-musical magic carpet on which listeners may vicariously glide back in time and experience first-hand the sonorous riches of traditional music.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Jay Ungar and Molly Mason play music from the heart which reminds us of the best in all of us.”
— Ken Burns, producer of PBS’ The Civil War
“Jay and Molly make music that is simple and overwhelming . . .joyful and full of feeling … an apotheosis of American traditional music.” — Garrison Keillor, host and creator of A Prairie Home Companion
“As composers, virtuosi and folklorists, this duo light up the concert stage and are a sure-fi re hit for all music loving audiences.” — David Amram, noted American composer, folk singer, and jazz musician
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