The Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Saturday, November 12 at 7:30pm. Unger and Mason, one of America's most celebrated acoustic music duos, will be joined by Ungar’s daughter, Ruth Ungar, and her husband, Mike Merenda, who perform together as Mike + Ruthy.

Ungar and Mason perform hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, country songs and ballads, waltzes and their own original tunes. They are well known for the music they wrote for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The Civil War.” Their performance of the series’ signature tune, Ungar’s haunting composition “Ashokan Farewell,” earned the couple international acclaim; the soundtrack won a Grammy and “Ashokan Farewell” was nominated for an Emmy.

Both are known as masters of music and storytelling. Ungar’s technically excellent fiddling is playful, dramatic and soulful; Mason’s mastery and inventiveness on piano and guitar, and her rich and expressive vocals, perfectly compliment their tunes.

Mike + Ruthy, originally from The Mammals, met in New York City and a musical and romantic relationship sprouted quickly. Merenda favored rock and ska before being drawn into the world of acoustic music and brings those sensibilities to his playing on old-time banjo, guitar, percussion and compelling vocals. Ruth Ungar grew up on traditional music and brings fiddle, ukulele, guitar and deeply moving vocal performances to the Family Band.

Tickets are $20 in advance and will be $25 at the door, general admission. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for those age 21 and older. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or