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The Mammals are a progressive folk roots band from Woodstock, NY fronted by songwriters Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda. Touring as a five-piece since the 2000s, The Mammals draw from the deep well of American musical forms and present a highly dynamic show that is authentic, inspiring, heartfelt and original.

“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

"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 TOUR DATES (click venue name for ticket info):

9/15 FreshGrass Festival North Adams, MA

9/22 Bearsville Theater Delgado Benefit Show Woodstock, NY (duo)

10/5 Black Bear Festival Goshen, CT

10/6Levon Helm Studios  Woodstock, NY (w/ Birds of Chicago)

10/7 Fiddler's Festival Roxbury, NY

10/27 House Concert, Richmond, VT (duo)

11/3 Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA (w/ Sean Rowe)

11/23 Stone Mountain Arts Center Brownfield, ME (Jay & Molly Family Band)


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

"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 Radio Promotion 617-413-7821

US Press Publicity

Contact the Band