Mike + Ruthy, in the house
Rockport — Acclaimed folk roots duo Mike + Ruthy (Michael Merenda and Ruthy Ungar Merenda) will perform a house concert Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are a $15 suggested donation; to reserve and for directions, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The couple is celebrating their world premiere recording of the new Woody Guthrie song “My New York City” on “The NYC EP,” available as a six-song CD or two-side 7-inch vinyl (with full download card enclosed). In honor of what would have been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday on July 14, Mike + Ruthy were invited by Woody’s daughter Nora to finish and record one of the many previously unrecorded songs housed in the Woody Guthrie Archive.
Mike + Ruthy’s version of “My New York City” is also available on the four-CD collection of Guthrie’s New York songs titled “My Name is New York,” to be released by Woody Guthrie Publications this year. Other contributors to the compilation include Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger. Ruthy was six months pregnant when they filmed the song’s video; the couple celebrated the birth of their second child in June.
Thanks to an arsenal of fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and hallmark harmony singing, a Mike + Ruthy concert is overstuffed with soulful songs and stories and a timeless sound that is spellbinding and pure. The couple toured the country for eight years as founding members of the post-apocalyptic string band The Mammals, with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete Seeger’s grandson). Ruthy is the daughter of famous fiddler Jay Ungar, who frequently collaborates with Ken Burns including his beautiful composition “Ashokan Farewell,” featured in Burns’ Civil War documentary.
Mike + Ruthy have been performing as a duo for 13 years, married for six. They perform timeless folk and blues music with mainstream appeal. Their concerts celebrate the soul of Americana through witty, spellbinding stories and songs featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and their hallmark, white-knuckle-tight harmony singing. Mike + Ruthy have been friends and collaborators with the Guthrie family for many years.
The “NYC EP” record and download is available For $10 at mikeandruthy.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.