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.
THE MAMMALS TOUR DATES (click venue name for ticket info):
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
10/5 Goshen, CT Black Bear Festival
10/6 Woodstock, NY Levon Helm Studios
Please email us your favorite 100-200 capacity venue if you'd like to see The Mammals in your town next year.
"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
"The Mammals are better than ever." - Berkshire Eagle
"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 in the 2000s, have returned with a stellar new album, “Sunshiner". . . 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. No doubt at all . . . a captivating collection, totally uplifting and enough warmth to get you through the coldest season – such is it's touching staying power.” - Listening Through the Lens
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