WEST BRATTLEBORO >> Jay Ungar, fiddler and singer, and Molly Mason, singer, guitarist and pianist, featured on Prairie Home Companion in 2012, will be performing at the First Congregational Church, 889 Western Ave., West Brattleboro on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. They are very important figures in the folk and dance music world who many area dancers and musicians are a part and haven't done a concert here in the area for quite a while.
Jay and Molly have frequented Vermont before, sharing the heart and soul of American roots music along with a well-loved repertoire of original tunes. Recently, they were the featured performers at the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture's annual Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival in Montpelier in 2015. He was a Bronx kid. She grew up in Washington State. Since joining forces - both artistically and romantically (the two married in 1991) - Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene.
As performers, Jay and Molly worked on many of Ken Burns's documentaries and contributed original compositions and performances for the Civil War series as well as other shows of Ken's. Their performance of the Civil War series' signature tune, Jay's haunting composition Ashokan Farewell, earned the couple international acclaim. They also played on Prairie Home Companion over many years, ran a weekly live folk show (Dancing on the Air) on WAMC for many years, worked on film soundtracks such as Brother's Keeper, Legends of the Fall and appeared on Great Performances and at the White House....besides touring, concertizing, playing for dances, working on a wise variety of music projects.
On radio and television, Jay and Molly have appeared on CBS Good Morning, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, and the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions. They continue to broadcast their own live-performance radio show, Dancing on the Air, and they have no shortage of future projects.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at jayandmolly.com under shows.