If you’ve been hanging around the folk scene for any amount of time chances are you’ve encountered the down-home sounds of Woodstock, NY’s Mike + Ruthy.
Their tenure with their trailblazing stringband, The Mammals, put them on the international festival map through the 2000’s. They were on the short list to accompany the legendary Pete Seeger at many appearances in his busy twilight years including New Orleans’ Jazz Fest, Pete’s birthday celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and even the duo’s own festival, The Summer Hoot, that they initiated in their Hudson Valley backyard in 2013 and which Pete referred to as “one of the best song-gatherings I’ve been to in all of my 94 years.”
Now in their 16th year of performing together, and as a second generation folk family, Mike + Ruthy spend most of their time on the road, with their kids in tow, performing 100+ concerts annually ranging from major folk festivals to intimate house concerts, both as Mike + Ruthy and with the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band.
Described as “Rich, vintage Americana” by Time Out NY and “A national treasure” by songwriter peer Anais Mitchell, Mike + Ruthy revel in the old-fashioned telling of a story. Their harmony-driven, fiddle & banjo alchemy echos a sound from a golden age of music yet their relaxed, often hilarious, and charismatic on-stage demeanor delivers a riveting live concert experience that is thoroughly in the present. Tapped by Nora Guthrie in 2011 to make the first ever recording of Woody Guthrie’s love song “My New York City,” the song is now being hailed as one of the most gorgeous pieces to have ever come out of the archive.
Four releases into their duo career, Mike + Ruthy’s current plans include a new live record in 2014 and a fully analog studio record in 2015.
Mike and Ruthy