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PFS Presents The Mammals CD Release Show

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Philadelphia Folksong Society

6156 Ridge Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19128

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PFS Presents The Mammals CD Release Show

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Doors 7:30pm | Music 8pm

$15 for Members | $20 Not-Yet-Members | $25 Doors

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About The Mammals

Every time The Mammals take the stage there is something real at stake. Maybe it’s the risk-hungry spirit that the band’s songwriters Mike Merenda & Ruth Ungar adopted thru their youthful theater training, or maybe it’s that fiercely authentic, music-as-mission mindset learned from their elders. This folk music is not about suspenders and whiskey, although those are both beautiful things. The Mammals come to change the world, to connect timid generations, heal sore hearts, and enchant tired minds, one soulful, joyful show at a time.

Unless you’re one of those people who prefers politics and entertainment served separately, The Mammals’ holistic approach to life and music is refreshing. Their songs and stage banter are 100% down to earth, they tour as a family, and they produce a community music festival near their home in Woodstock, NY twice a year called The Hoot. The day after he sang at the first annual Summer Hoot in 2013, Pete Seeger wrote them a friendly postcard saying, "Dear Mike + Ruthy — Your Hoot was one of the best song gatherings I've seen in all my 94 years.” The local Hudson Valley community agrees as well, with “hootsters” of all ages making the Winter and Summer Hoot part of their family tradition.

The Mammals audience tends to be three-fold: there are those who remember the 1960’s folk revival and delight in the band for carrying the torch, the subsequent generation who moshed to the 2004 iteration of The Mammals which included founding Mammal Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, and a new generation of inspired, active, Americana music lovers who swooned to Mike + Ruthy thru the last decade and now eagerly witness a new fire and grit emerging from their favorite songwriters.

In the band’s first incarnation The Mammals enjoyed a remarkable 7-year run, playing the largest folk festivals across North America (Telluride Bluegrass, Vancouver Folk Fest, High Sierra), Australia (Woodford, Port Fairy, National) and Denmark (Tonder), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (with stringband peers Nickel Creek), New York’s Carnegie Hall as the special guest of folk legend Arlo Guthrie, and the 2002 Winter Olympics with Pete Seeger. They landed in the pages of numerous publications lauding their unique traditional-music-in-combat-boots” including a feature in The New York Times handpicking them as a leader in a pack of new-wave stringbands updating that old-time sound.” The Washington Post described them as gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.”

As mentioned, the two continuing band-founders are Ruth Ungar (a second generation fiddler/singer and daughter of GRAMMY winning composer, Jay Ungar) and Mike Merenda (a multi-instrumental wordsmith regarded as one of the best songwriters of his generation” -LA weekly). During The Mammals’ nine-year hiatus, in addition to producing the Winter and Summer Hoots, these two kept busy touring with their two young children and recording five Mike + Ruthy albums including The NYC EP (2012) featuring a much celebrated posthumous collaboration with Woody Guthrie called My New York City” and Bright As You Can (2015) which the Boston Globe hailed as one of the standout Americana records of the year. Besides Ruth Ungar's amazing voice, the lyrics on this album are incredibly thoughtful — they're carefully crafted, without a word or phrase out of place. From rollicking good times to more tender reflections, Bright As You Can is a winner,” praised NPR Music.

In the process of writing and recording their new album Sunshiner at their studio outside of Woodstock, NY a renewed mammalian” energy began to take hold and the rebirth of the band became official.

On drums, bass, pedal steel and organ they’ve welcomed back long-time friends and collaborators Konrad Meissner, Jacob Silver, Charlie Rose and Ken Maiuri (some from the early Mammals days) and the sound is as rollicking and rootsy as ever. The touring lineup sometimes features other members as well.

Why is this new, full-band energy unleashing itself right now? November 2016 was a turning point that made us all draw a slow breath,” says Ungar. Overnight our earlier political-edged songs became relevant again. We felt compelled to reclaim the old mission of The Mammals and mix a bit more politics and hoedown into our live shows.”

Whatever political twists and turns may occur this year, 2018 promises to be an adventurous time for The Mammals. They’re striking out on a Western Migration Tour across the USA from their home in Woodstock, NY and down the entire West Coast from Bellingham to San Diego, then embarking on a Sunshiner CD Release Tour thru Northeast and Midwest. In the summer they’ll be playing some of their favorite folk festivals including Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass, and their own Summer Hoot.

The Mammals treasure the timeless traditions of song, story-telling and dance. Their work is to continue a musical odyssey so the same handmade music passed down to them makes it through to future generations.

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