Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will bring their consummate musicianship, warmth and wit, and clear love of music that has delighted audiences world wide to Oswego’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22.
Ungar and Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene.
They have been heard on Ntaional Public Radio programs like A Prairie Home Companion, or soundtracks from movies such as Brothers Keepers, or the haunting music composed and performed for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War.
Their powerful melody, Ashokan Farewell, went on to win a Grammy and an Emmy nomination, took on a life of its own, and is played by fiddlers and classical musicians and worldwide.
“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
Ungar and Mason 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
Another critic raves about Jay and Molly, saying that they “complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow.”
How fortunate that these musicians met each other — with their enormous talent on violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and piano.
He was a Brooklyn kid, and she grew up in Washington State. He was raised on pop music of the 1940s and ‘50s. She liked traditional fiddle music and ‘30s and ‘40s tunes.
He hung our in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and roamed North Carolina and Tennessee, seeking out traditional musicians. She played gigs on the West Coast and loved swing and jazz. But meet they did — by chance — at a rural New York club in the 1970s.
Their careers intertwined a bit, and, a little after Ungar began his Ashokan Fiddle & Dance camps in the Catskills (a center for fiddlers, guitarists, mandolin players, percussionists, dancers, dance callers and instructors), Mason signed on as a partner.
Their early band, Fiddle Fever, recorded two classic LPs, now available on CD as The Best of Fiddle Fever (Flying Fish Records). Many recordings and collaborations later, married since 1991, they are still an artistic force.
One example from 2002: Jay and Molly produced, arranged and performed on A Song of Home, a collaborative recording for RCA, with flutist Sir James Galway, mandolinist Peter Ostroushko and bassist Steve Rust.
Check out some of their music on youtube.com
The concert venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.
Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.
Ticket prices for this event are $18 if purchased in advance and $22 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.
The Music Hall’s next concert, April 5, will feature Run Boy Run, a five-piece band that thrives on the tension between music of the traditional Appalachian South and our 21st century.
For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/