Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have 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. They will be bringing their celebrated acoustic American music sound to the Center for the Arts of Homer on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 8 PM (doors open at 7 PM).
With violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo and piano - not to mention their beautiful vocals - the two delight audiences wherever they go. Once you 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 critical praise.
"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".
Jay Unger was a Bronx kid. Molly Mason grew up in Washington State. He was raised on pop music of the 1940s and '50s. She had a fondness for traditional fiddle music and '30s and '40s popular tunes. He hung out in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and roamed North Carolina and Tennessee in search of traditional players. She played clubs and colleges on the West Coast and took a liking to the jazzy sound of the Swing Era.