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Jay Ungar (1946-present) is a folk musician best known for his composition Ashokan Farewell, originally composed as a waltz.
Life and Music
- Jay Ungar was born to Eastern European immigrants in the Bronx.
- Jay Ungar originally composed Ashokan Farewell in 1982 as a waltz, shortly after the close of the summer Fiddle and Dance Camps at Ashokan in the Catskill Mountains, not far from Woodstock, New York.
- Ungar recorded the piece for the show with his wife Molly Mason. They have performed together since the late 1970s. Ungar plays the fiddle and Mason is a guitarist.
- Ungar and his wife perform folk music, Civil War classics, swing and country music and their own original compositions.
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