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Mike and Ruthy
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Hometown: Woodstock, NY
Country: United States of America
Genre: Americana/Alt Country/Folk
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Mike + Ruthy's Bio

He grew up listening to ska-punk and alternative rock radio, dreaming of becoming a songwriter on the political edge. She was raised at the intersection of folk and swing, daughter of fiddle master Jay Ungar and country songwriter Lyn Hardy. They met in NYC, just out of college, and went on to found “subversive acoustic stringband” The Mammals, one of the most popular folk rock bands of their generation. And when The Mammals split up, and they married, they spent their honeymoon in the studio, recording a debut duo album aptly called The Honeymoon Agenda.

Now, after two more full-length albums and over a decade of performance together, indie folk roots pair Mike + Ruthy, aka Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar, have established a reputation for breathtaking delivery and intimate performance, with exquisite songs and songcraft that combine catchy folk-pop choruses with honest, organic tradfolk and roots elements, played out on guitars, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, and a single microphone. Heralds of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story, their most recent projects include a newly minted folk and roots festival called the Winter Hoot which brought Sprit Family Reunion, Amy Helm, Elizabeth Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Jeffrey Lewis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, and other Americana favorites to the Ashokan Center near their home in upstate NY, a haunting posthumous Woody Guthrie collaboration (“My New York City”) which lends its title to their most recent EP, and a growing family, with parent and child generations that regularly join them on tour and on stage.


“Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” - LA Weekly

“Easily a new favorite.” - Daytrotter

“Mike + Ruthy are a national treasure.” - Anais Mitchell

Recent performances:

Four Corners Folk Festival, Pagosa Springs, CO Bearsville Theater w/ Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Woodstock, NY Mohonk Mountain House w/ Natalie Merchant, New Paltz, NY NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair w/ Pete Seeger, Monticello, NY The Egg w/ David Bromberg, Albany, NY Brooklyn College w/ Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Brooklyn, NY


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