“On stage, Mason and Ungar complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow. Together they weave a rich postmodern 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, creator of A Prairie Home Companion
The Shedd welcomes back two of our favorites: Jay Ungar and Molly Mason return for their 8th stop at the Jaqua Concert Hall since 2003! Jay and Molly achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay's composition "Ashokan Farewell" became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns' PBS documentary The Civil War. The soundtrack won a Grammy and "Ashokan Farewell", inspired by Jay and Molly's Ashokan Fiddle Dance Camps in New York's Catskill Mountains, was nominated for an Emmy. They reached an even wider audience over the years 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 and Legends of the Fall. In concert, Jay and Molly welcome audiences with their comfortable sense of fun, and a repertoire of traditional tunes and Ungar-Mason originals spanning two centuries and two continents.