JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON w. MIKE + RUTHY (of The Mammals)
If you love American roots music, don’t miss this amazing family band!
Jay & Molly are masters of music and storytelling who generously share their lives and their music with audiences. They achieved international acclaim when their performance of Jay’s composition Ashokan Farewell became the musical hallmark of Ken Burns’ The Civil War on PBS.
You may know Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda from their groundbreaking singing and songwriting careers as Mike + Ruthy and as leaders of the Indie-Folk band The Mammals. Growing up in a musical family, Ruth cut her teeth on traditional music. Mike favored rock and ska before he found his way into acoustic music. They bring their impressive multi-instrumental skills and compelling vocal performances to the mix.
Double fiddles, sweet harmonies and rhythmic energy abound as two generations collaborate, entertaining you with music from the heart and soul of America.
If you’ve loved Jay Ungar and Molly Mason in concert, know this: It’s even better when Swingology takes the stage.
The group, including some of Jay and Molly’s all-time favorite musicians, morphs from string band to swing band, Cajun band to Celtic band, country band to Civil War-era dance orchestra! Expect to hear tunes from Fats Waller, Stephen Foster, Hank Williams and Leadbelly-plus Jay and Molly’s classic originals like Ashokan Farewell and The Lovers’ Waltz. Long known for performing a wide range of musical styles, Jay and Molly and their friends explore each idiom with remarkable fidelity.
Swingology grew out of the strong musical ties Jay and Molly have enjoyed while running their annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps near Woodstock, New York. The group’s personnel may vary from show to show, but frequently includes Peter Davis (a multi-instrumentalist who electrifies audiences on clarinet, sax, piano, banjo, mandolin, guitar, whistle and vocals), and Peter Ecklund (a remarkable trumpet and cornet player who’s also known for his work with the David Bromberg Band, Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, Leon Redbone, and the Greg Allman Band). Ace bassist Harry Aceto and standout drummer Sam Zucchini, who share the rare ability to play the perfect groove for each tune and genre, round out the ensemble.