She was a West Coast girl and he was a Bronx kid. He was raised on pop music of the 1940s and ‘50s. She had a fondness for traditional fiddle music. After meeting at a rural New York club and then marrying in 1991, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason continue to make music together—becoming one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene.
Not only have the two appeared in such national broadcasts as CBS Good Morning and All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion but their music has been included in several Ken Burns documentaries, including the selection of Jay’s “Ashokan Farewell” as the main theme of Burn’s landmark PBS documentary, The Civil War.
Their concerts feature timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian melodies, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes and moving original works.
FREE!* Lecture/Demo with Jay, Molly and “the Mikes”
History Sings: An Exploration of 19th Century Folk Music
Saturday, April 6 2:00 pm
Join Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Chief of Interpretation and Historian for San Juan Island National Historical Park Mike Vouri and folk singer Mike Cohen in this close-up look at American folk music. The program melds with the Park’s ongoing efforts to explore the roots of the mid-19th century American folk traditions as interpreted through songs and dances that tell stories. It will include "Pickett's Irish" program wherein they’ll explore through folk songs the experience of the Irish in 19th antebellum America.
*This complimentary lecture is made possible thanks to a grant from the Western States Arts Foundation (WESTAF).