A concert by The Mammals is healing and inspirational. It’s not only the magic of their combined voices; Ruth Ungar’s remarkably soulful grace and Mike Merenda’s hushed and intimate ease, it’s also the lyrics themselves that strike deep and spark smiles. Nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards, the title track of their 2018 album Sunshiner is an instant full-room sing-along, with a chorus that honors the past while envisioning a bright future of green energy, and good, positive human collaboration.
The band’s quintet lineup features dynamic drummer Konrad Meissner and a rotating inner circle of their favorite bass and organ/piano players. The Mammals joke that they’re “too folk for the rock show” and “too rock for the folk show” but in reality they hit the critical emotional and sonic touchstones of both. Their performances are propelled forward by just the right amount of guitar grit, soothing harmony, barn-burning fiddle, retro grooves, and storytelling savvy. read more…
Come fill my bowl with some rock-n-roll or some fiddler who can play
Very loud or very light, keep us up all night, gonna kiss the break of day…
"Indeed, The Mammals are all heart, and Sunshiner seems to be packed with ideas about how love will yet win over darkness and fear.” - Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley
“The Mammals tell stories that are at once topical and timeless, bearing a message of hope and empowerment with a modern string-band sound.” - FreshGrass Festival
"Some of the best folk-rock music you will ever hear.” - TapeOp Magazine
"The Mammals are better than ever." - Berkshire Eagle
“Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” - LA Weekly
9/22 FreshGrass Music Festival North Adams, MA
9/28 Arcadia Folk Festival Northampton. MA
9/29 Vinegrass North Truro, MA
12/15 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA w/ Crooked Still
MIKE + RUTHY DUO TOUR OF AUSTRALIA!
10/18-10/20 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Kangaroo Valley, NSW
10/22 Yuin Folk Club Cobargo, NSW
10/23 House Concert Condo, NSW
10/25-27 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Dorrigo, NSW
10/31 House Concert Lorn, NSW
11/1 Hotel Blue Katoomba, NSW
11/2 Railway Institute Thirroul, NSW
11/3 Petersham Bowling Club Petersham, NSW
11/5 House Concert Tomerong, NSW
11/6 Nethercote Hall, Nethercote NSW (Bookings: Ray Gardaya)
11/7 Smith’s Alternative Canberra, ACT
11/8-10 Mountain Grass Beechworth, VIC
Please email us your favorite 100-200 capacity venue if you'd like to see The Mammals in your town next year.
2019 live concert review from Celtic Connections performance in Glasgow, Scotland.
“... gently-mannered activists with well-crafted songs that successfully ask potent questions of politicians and raise issues to probe how we can improve the planet. [The Mammals] deliver their material persuasively and in an eloquent manner with enjoyment of their music underpinning the approach overall.”
Column in No Depression about The Mammals’ “Singles for a Cause” campaign, Jan 4, 2019.
“In the spirit of their commitment to activism, this past December saw The Mammals coming up with yet another way to assist organizations that exist to help others and are in need of support to continue. Before I get into that, you need to hear Ruthy's thoughts on the current state of earning a living as a musician . . . “