Ungar Mason Family in Concert
Whatever tricks or treats Halloween and Election Day may bring, the Cornell Folk Song Society ends its fall season with a walloping treat: Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, and their Family Band. These beloved performers take their listeners on a celebratory journey from stirring Celtic, Appalachian, and Cajun songs and fiddle tunes, to Civil War classics, to sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, to deeply moving original compositions.
Jay Ungar's fiddling is world renowned; Molly Mason's voice is silky and her beat true. For warmth, wit, and top-notch musicianship, Jay & Molly have no equals. The pleasure doubles at this concert with the addition of Ruthy Ungar and Mike Merenda, founders of The Mammals, who have joined Pete Seeger on his recent At 89 recording. They wisely and energetically merge old and new songs for a fresh, timeless sound. With fine voices, guitar, fiddles, banjo, mandolin, and piano, these four performers share their keen passion for traditional and traditionally inspired music.
Jay and Molly gained international acclaim--and a Grammy--for their work on Ken Burns' The Civil War. Their rendition of Jay's achingly beautiful Ashokan Farewell, theme of that series, won an Emmy nomination and inspired a host of fiddlers to add this soulful waltz to their repertoire. They have appeared on PBS's Great Performances, are frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, and have contributed soundtracks for many films and documentaries. They hail from the Hudson Valley, where many folks from the Ithaca region and nationwide make pilgrimages to the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camps that they have run for many years. When Jay & Molly play in Ithaca, it feels like a homecoming.
Tickets are available at Ludgate Farm Market, Ithaca Guitar Works, Greenstar Co-op, Small World Music, Bound for Glory, and, if any are left, at the door. You may also order tickets online and by mail: SASE to CFSC, PO Box 481, Ithaca, NY 14851.
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