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 buy 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
5/25 Meadowgrass Festival Colorado Springs, CO
5/26 The Salina Schoolhouse Salina, CO (duo)
5/31 Kerrville Folk Festival Kerrville, TX
6/1 Whirlybird Opelousas, LA
6/2 Dyson House Show at Zeeland Street Market Baton Rouge, LA
6/15-16 Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Croton-On-Hudson, NY
7/7 Earth Sky Time Community Farm Manchester, VT
7/8 Mohonk Mountain House New Paltz, NY
7/11 Levitt Amp Sheboygan Music Series Sheboygan, WI
7/13-14 BlissFest Petoskey, MI
7/27 Hancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, MA
7/28 Ossipee Valley Music Festival S Hiram, ME
8/9 Huichica Pine Plains, NY
8/23-25 Summer Hoot Olivebridge, NY
8/30 Four Corners Folk Festival Pagosa Springs, CO
9/6-7 Wheatland Music Festival Remus, MI
12/15 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA w/ Crooked Still (code: CROOKED)
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 . . . “