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Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Hurdy Gurdy 11 Sept NJ


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Subject: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Hurdy Gurdy
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 10:41 AM

On Saturday September 11 at 8:00pm, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club will open their2010-2011 Concert Series at the Fair Lawn Community Center with Jay Ungar and MollyMason and special guest Matt Brown. The concert will launch the Hurdy Gurdy's 30th season of folk concerts in Bergen County.

Jay was a Bronx kid, Molly grew up in Washington State. He was raised on pop music of the1940s 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. Since joining forces—both artistically and romantically (the two would marry in 1991)—Jay Ungar and Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene.

The early'80s saw the beginning of Jay's Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps, a world-renowned destination for enthusiasts of American music and dance traditions. Several years later, Molly became a full partner in designing and running these programs, which are still going strong.

In 1984 filmmaker Ken Burns was working on a documentary called "The Brooklyn Bridge" and was given an album that included Jay's tune "Ashokan Farewell". Taken with the evocative and haunting melody, Burns used it in his next film and wound up inviting Jay and Molly to provide music for many of his projects. The highpoint to date of this long relationship was the selection of "Ashokan Farewell"as the main theme of Burns' landmark PBS documentary "The Civil War". The work earned an Emmy nomination for Jay and a Grammy for the soundtrack album."Ashokan Farewell" is now considered an American "folk" classic and has been played by fiddlers and classical musicians worldwide and has been recorded by artists from Mark O'Connor to Pinchas Zuckerman, James Galway to Polka King Jimmy Sturr.

One of the duo's best-known compositions is the title track of "The Lovers' Waltz", an album of romantic fiddle music from Appalachian, Scandinavian, Celtic, Klezmer and Swing traditions. In 1991, Jay and Molly, in collaboration with baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist David Alpher, released "American Dreamer", a collection of the songs of Stephen Foster. "Harvest Home", Jay and Molly's 1999release on Angel Records, culminates in their 20-minute orchestral work, The Harvest Home Suite, in which they are joined by the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In 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.

On their most recent recording, "Relax Your Mind", Jay and Molly, with their band Swingology, take a slightly different direction: American dance music with a focus on country blues and swing. Included are more of the beautiful waltzes that have become their signature pieces.

On radio and television, Jay and Molly have appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, CBS Good Morning, The Rosie O'Donnel Show, All Things Considered, 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.

Opening the evening will be Matt Brown, an engaging performer of American roots music.   An accomplished­ multi-instrumentalist and singer, he performs toe-tapping square dance tunes, haunting banjo pieces, and a variety of songs from the blues to ballads.­ With an expansive repertoire and a wry sense of humor, Matt delights his audiences with a sound that is both authentic and inventive.

The Fair Lawn Community Center is located at 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ. Tickets for this concert are only $25 ($22 for Hurdy Gurdy members) and can be purchased online at or at the box office at the Fair Lawn Community Center on the night of the concert.

Additional information can be received at the website or by calling the Hurdy Gurdy Hotline at (201) 384-1325.

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Subject: RE: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Hurdy Gurdy 11 Sept NJ
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 05:21 PM

I posted the above notice, I did not realize my cookie was gone!

Hope to see some you at the concert!   I saw Jay & Molly a few weeks ago at Mohonk Mountain House and it was a fantastic concert. We had a nice chat the next morning which I aired on my radio show, which is archived for the next two weeks at Just go to Traditions to hear the show from August 29.

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Date: 06 Sep 10 - 12:30 PM


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Subject: RE: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Hurdy Gurdy 11 Sept NJ
Date: 08 Sep 10 - 09:35 AM

Tickets are still available for online purchase, and they will be available at the door as well.

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Subject: RE: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason at Hurdy Gurdy 11 Sept NJ
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 10 Sep 10 - 04:28 PM

One last refresh.   This is going to be good concert! Don't miss it!

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