On Thursday, September 29, 2011, the auditorium of the Grand Army of the Republic Hall was filled with music from the Civil War era and beyond. A sold out performance by the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band brought down the house. There was a complete repertoire to suit every request, in delighting a most appreciative audience. Congeniality was widespread beyond the music as Jay, Molly, Ruthy and Michael shared greetings and autographs long into the night.
The program featured lively dance tunes, sentimental ballads and rousing marches heard in homes and front-line encampments during America’s Civil War. Included were works by George Root, Henry Clay Work, Stephen Foster and other great songwriters of the day. Ungar and Mason performed parlor favorites – Lorena and The Faded Coat of Blue; songs about the hardships of life – Hard Times Come Again No More; and stirring melodies that were sung by soldiers in both armies – Battle Cry of Freedom and Bonnie Blue Flag.
The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall was the perfect setting for the concert. It was built in 1850 as a schoolhouse and converted in 1888 to a meeting place for the Civil War veterans of Peninsula.