“Hands down the best new music I’ve heard in years. It’s damn near perfect. The instrumental performances, the arrangements, the production, the songwriting and singing… this is the kind of music that makes you glad to be alive. ” – Michael Mullane, Cafe Veritas
“If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.” – Huffington Post
With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.
The key to the Mouths of Babes magic is in the contrast; the differences in both their songwriting and personal styles makes for an unusually satisfying yin and yang. The Chicago Tribune writes, “They offer unique counterpoints to one another… the laidback Ty, nattily dressed in a tie and crisp suit jacket, has a rich, lovely alto. Ingrid, clad in a sultry pink satin mini-dress, is a sassy chanteuse with a lilting soprano. Trading jokes and sharing elegant harmonies, the two women display an intuitive professional bond.”
They easily switch off lead vocals and play a wide array of instruments, with Ty on acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, and foot percussion, and Ingrid playing upright bass, ukulele, and cajon. Ty makes a quiet impression as a gifted lyricist, talented multi-instrumentalist, and magnetic presence onstage.
Relix Magazine writes, “The poignant honesty that Ty brings to [her] tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving,” while the Americana Gazette says, “Ty’s practice of extending metaphors out toward a precipice keeps an unpredictable edge to her songs. Most writers would stop at the easy close. Ty jumps, leaving much to the imagination, to a powerful effect.”
Ingrid, a natural performer, easily commands audiences with her larger-than-life sassiness and professional dancer’s grace. Curve Magazine writes, “The fiery redheaded bassist is the unabashed, unapologetic woman who isn’t afraid to yell it all from the rooftops,” and the Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray once marveled that she found herself “enraptured and taken by [her] timelessness of song.”
Fans have quickly fallen in love with Mouths of Babes’ realness and humor as much as with their music. At live shows, audience members snort with laughter, cry into their date’s shoulder, and make confessions at the merch table. Ty and Ingrid are quick-witted and accessible on social media, sharing photos of their daily life and posting videos of new songs live from the dashboard of their Jetta TDI Sportwagen. They’re also dedicated activists who donate 5% of their ticket sales to worthy social justice and environmental causes.
Husband-and-husband singer-songwriter duo Mark Davis and Jim Howe have been singing together for years and have recently ventured into writing and performing their own songs. With Mark on acoustic guitar and Jim on cello, the two trade off lead and harmony vocals. Their songs ask what it means to be human and how, in the words of the poet Mary Oliver, we can make the most of our “one wild and precious life.” Forming Old Dogs New Tricks is one answer they came up with for themselves.
Date and Time
Common Ground Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester
25 Old Jackson Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706