The Hudson Valley ensemble, The Mammals will be reunited as they prowl our Pioneer Valley to spread their blend of folk,rock and old time music, self-described as “rural rock”. The core of this band is the husband and wife duo of Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar. They’ve been a busy pair of artists these past few years. In addition to recording as the Mike and Ruthy Band, they’ve toured with Ani Difranco, the B-52’s, The Avett Brothers and the Watkins Family Hour. They’ve also begun a successful recording studio, Humble Abode, in their barn as well as founded the successful “Home of the Hoot” music festival in NY’s Hudson Valley!
I talked with Ruthy Ungar about her personal musical history growing up with musicians about constantly. We discuss the reuniting of the Mammals and discuss their upcoming show at The Shea Theater in Turner’s Falls, Ma.
Our discussion hits many topics including Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Jay Ungar and the role of music in our society. Give the interview a listen below.
I’ve included a number of Mike and Ruthy tunes as well as some new tunes written for the Mammals. A gorgeous version of Jay Ungar’s (Ruthy’s dad) Ashokan Farewell is also included in the broadcast.