About Us

Ashokan Music & Dance

Red Maple, Sycamore and Longhouse – Jay Ungar

Our mission is to support and promote preservation and innovation in traditional music and dance. Our goal is to help keep these traditions vital and accessible in a changing world by providing an environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas among passionate musicians and dancers of all ages. Toward that end we offer generous Work Exchange programs and Youth Pricing to allow people of all ages and economic levels to become part of the Ashokan community.We believe that traditional music and dance provides age-old ways to connect with the past, find self-expression in the present and bring people together, making the world a little better in the process.

We invite you to join us for a music and dance-focused weekend, a week-long educational camp, or one of our performance-oriented festivals and concerts, and social and traditional dances to live music.

If you’d like to see images of past events, there are a several photographers who have captured moments at Ashokan events on digital film including Stewart Dean and George Touchstone.

The Ashokan Center

Located in Olivebridge, New York on 385-acres of Catskill forests, streams and farmland, the Ashokan Center is a special blend of geologic, natural and human history, and is the setting for all of our events. The mission of The Ashokan Center is to teach, inspire and bring people together through shared experiences in nature, history, and the arts.

Ashokan Center Website >>

Molly and Jay

Molly Mason and Jay Ungar, one of the most celebrated duos in the American folk and roots music scene, have hosted the Ashokan Music & Dance programs since 1980. Inspired by the place, the music and the community, Jay composed the well known fiddle tune Ashokan Farewell, which was heard as the musical centerpiece of Ken Burns’ PBS series The Civil War.

Jay and Molly’s Website >>