Molly Mason, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

May 1st, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

“The first record I bought was a 45, ‘Help Me Rhonda’ by the Beach Boys.

“But the first album I bought, which was probably a year or two later, was by Joan Baez on Vanguard Records, probably her first or second album.

“They might seem a little different, but they’re very illustrative of the two things that I was listening to at the time – AM radio and folky stuff.”

The fab folk and swing acoustic duo of Jay Ungar & Molly Mason play a concert at the Valatie Community Theatre in Valatie at 8pm on Saturday (May 2). Tickets are $20 with proceeds going to the fun for the ongoing restoration of the theater.


Jay Ungar, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 16th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

“Well, when I was a kid, albums were sets of 78 RPM records, but I distinctly remember a collection of folk songs by Burl Ives. What’s interesting is that some of those songs – like ‘The Yellow Rose of Texas’ – I still perform in concert these days.

I also remember a version of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ narrated by Eleanor Roosevelt. That one was a box set of 45 RPM records.

But the first album that I ever bought was a folk album by U. Utah Phillips. It was his first album, and I think that he was still going by the name Bruce Phillips at the time. I’m told that if he finds it in your record collection, he destroys it. It includes a song called ‘The Ode to Yuri Gagarin’ and other really wacky things.”

Fab fiddler Jay Ungar leads the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band in a special concert at Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theatre in Troy at 7:30pm on Thursday (October 18). Tix are $10.

Caffe Lena Photo of the Day

May 11th, 2010, 11:31 am by Greg

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Caffe Lena all month long by publishing one photo each day from the vast archives of house photographer Joe Deuel.

Here’s a vintage shot of David Bromberg from 1975 – bookended by Jay Ungar and Billy Novick:

David Bromberg

TV: Seeger celebration

August 6th, 2009, 11:00 am by Greg

In case you missed the premiere on WMHT-TV last Sunday evening, the public television channel is repeating “Great Performances: Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday Concert from Madison Square Garden,” twice this weekend.

Ironically, on Sunday evening when the concert had its area broadcast, concert participants Billy Bragg (at The Egg) and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason (at Clifton Commons) were both performing in the Capital Region.

Filmed earlier this year with a never-ending parade of special guests that stretched from Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews to Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco, the Seeger birthday concert will be re-broadcast at 9pm Saturday, August 8 and again at 11am on Sunday, August 9.

Be Here Now: “Dancing on the Air” @ The Linda

July 7th, 2009, 10:55 am by Greg

The monthly gathering of Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and the Dancing on the Air Orchestra (aka, Peter Davis and Sam Zucchini) at The Linda in Albany is always worth a visit. It’s an acoustic extravaganza that can stretch from bluegrass to jazz, from blues to country at the drop of a beat.

And each month, there are different special guests, making each evening, well, special. This week – at 8pm Wednesday, July 8 – “Dancing on the Air” makes it a little extra special, as the guest list includes Jane Rothfield (of such old-timey ensembles as Red Hen, Jane’s Gang, Atlantic Bridge and more), Italian guitar dazzler Beppe Gambetta and the utterly delightful, foot-stomping, banjo-thrumming, Woodstock-based, award-winning singer-songwriter Kelleigh McKenzie, whose album “Chances” was one of my favorites of last year.


If that’s not enough of a reason to get you over to The Linda, the theater is now partnering with the Food Pantries of the Capital District as part of their Tins for Tickets program. So now you can bring along a canned good item or two and get a $2 discount off of the regular $12 ticket price.

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