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. A rough and tumble decade in the 00's forged The Mammals identity as "subversive acoustic traditionalists" or a "party band with a conscience." Re-emerging 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) Their new album, Sunshiner, was recorded at their own studio Humble Abode Music in West Hurley, NY with co-producer Adam Armstrong.

"Indeed, the Mammals are all heart, and Sunshiner seems to be packed with ideas about how love will yet win over darkness and fear. If there’s a moral to this story, it’s nowhere better stated than in the final line of the final song on the disc. Singing in unison, with instrumentation so relaxed it’s like the world’s gentlest wake-up call, the line comes out of the fog: “May we never say goodbye to all our big ideas.”

- Kim Ruehl, Folk Alley


We're so excited to share the new songs with you. Tickets are selling fast! Please come celebrate with us, and sing along!

4/18 Boston, MA Boch Center Shubert Theatre Folk & Americana Music Series featuring The Guthrie Family, The Weight Band, The Mammals

4/19 NYC Triad Theater with Vivian Leva & Riley Calgano

4/20 Cambridge, MA Club Passim with Vivian Leva & Riley Calgano

4/21 Portland, ME One Longfellow with Vivian Leva & Riley Calgano

4/22 Exeter, NH Word Barn with Vivian Leva & Riley Calgano

4/27 Egremont, MA Egremont Barn with Vivian Leva & Riley Calgano

4/28 Bennington, VT Vermont Arts Exchange with Vivian Leva & Riley Calgano

5/3 Chicago, IL Bourbon on Division with Seth Bernard & Mark Lavengood

5/4 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark with Seth Bernard

5/5 Boyne City, MI Freshwater

5/18 Burlington, VT Higher Ground

5/19 Woodstock, NY Colony


6/1 Earlville, NY Earlville Opera House

6/2 Aurora, NY Morgan Opera House

6/16-17 Croton-on-Hudson, NY Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival

6/25-30 Port Townsend, WA Voice Works - a workshop for singers (duo)

7/7-8 New Bedford, MA New Bedford Folk Festival

7/10 New Paltz, NY Mohonk Mountain House

7/12 Middlebury, VT Middlebury Festival On The Green

7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena

7/14 Greenfield, MA Green River Festival 

8/6-9 Alta, WY Targhee Music Camp (duo)

8/10-11 Alta, WY Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival

8/24-26 Olivebridge, NY Summer Hoot

9/14-15 North Adams, MA FreshGrass Festival


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

North America booking

Festivals and Performing Arts Centers:
Matt Greenhill

Booking venues under 200 seats:
Mike Merenda
845 594 8829


UK booking & publicity

US Radio Promotion 617-413-7821

US Press Publicity

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