subversive acoustic traditionalists

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 by 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



10/18-10/20 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Kangaroo Valley, NSW

10/22 Yuin Folk Club Cobargo, NSW

10/23 House Concert Congo, NSW

10/25-27 Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival Dorrigo, NSW

10/31 Music Under the Vines House Concert Lorn, NSW

11/1 Hotel Blue Katoomba, NSW

11/2 Railway Institute Thirroul, NSW

11/3 Petersham Bowling Club Petersham, NSW

11/5 House Concert Tomerong, NSW

11/6 Nethercote Hall, Nethercote NSW (Bookings: Ray Gardaya: 0447 455 695)

11/7 Smith’s Alternative Canberra, ACT

11/8-10 Mountain Grass Beechworth, VIC

12/15 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA w/ Crooked Still

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.

Column in No Depression about The Mammals’ “Singles for a Cause” campaign, Jan 4, 2019.

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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