subversive acoustic traditionalists

The Mammals are Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, and a cohort of compelling collaborators who form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. Identifying as “subversive acoustic traditionalists” or a “party band with a conscience," The Mammals re-emerged from a hibernation period during-which the band’s founders explored new songwriting terrain. “The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.” - Washington Post

"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

International Folk Music Awards nominee for SONG OF THE YEAR: “Sunshiner”

International Folk Music Awards nominee for SONG OF THE YEAR: “Sunshiner”


3/1 Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series Morristown, NJ (duo)

3/2 New Revival Coffeehouse Stow, MA (duo)

3/3 Common Fence Middletown, RI (duo)

3/15 Currier Art Museum Side Door Music Series Manchester, NH

3/16 Hinterland Live Haydenville, MA (benefit for RFC)

3/22-24 Suwannee Spring Reunion Live Oak, FL

3/29 Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA (duo)

4/5 Brooklyn Folk Festival Brooklyn, NY

Please email us your favorite 100-200 capacity venue if you'd like to see The Mammals in your town next year. 

NEW SINGLES: bonus songs from the Sunshiner Sessions, with 100% OF BANDCAMP PROCEEDS FROM each single going to support the following Sunshiners:


Released Dec 18, 2018

“Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar of The Mammals talk to Zach about their devoted activism, big-hearted protest songs, and how songs can still make a difference.”

Beautifully written column in No Depression magazine about our “Singles for a Cause” campaign. Released 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 . . . “

"Sunshiner clearly qualifies as the band’s best effort yet and one which should reestablish them as a preeminent group in terms of today’s populist precepts." -Goldmine

"The Mammals, one of the most compelling young groups on the roots music scene . . . a joyous salve for life’s vicissitudes, and a serious cause for celebration for roots music fans." - Rutland Herald

Sunshiner’ is one of the very best releases this year . . . totally uplifting and enough warmth to get you through the coldest season – such is it's touching staying power.” - Listening Through the Lens

North America booking

Festivals and Performing Arts Centers:
Matt Greenhill

Booking venues under 200 seats:
Mike Merenda
845 594 8829


UK booking & publicity

US Tour Press

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