Hailed as “a national treasure” by songwriter peer Anais Mitchell, an evening spent with Mike + Ruthy promises to thrill your senses, raise your spirits, and delve deep into your soul. 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.
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.
“Some of the best songwriting of their generation” -- LA Weekly
Mike + Ruthy 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. (http://www.themammals.net)
“The Mammals are the finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country, the country-branch house band for the new weird America.” -- LA Weekly
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.
In February 2013 Mike + Ruthy introduced a newly minted folk and roots festival called the Winter Hoot which brought Amy Helm, Sprit Family Reunion, Elizabeth Mitchell, Jeffrey Lewis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, and other Americana favorites to the Ashokan Center near their home in upstate NY. The Summer Hoot is scheduled for late August. (http://www.homeofthehoot.com)
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 + Ruthy offer breathy. rich Americana...warm vintage sounds. -- Time Out NY
"Infectious new folk rock" -- Boston Globe