He’s a razor-sharp songwriter with a knack for clawhammer banjo. She’s a fiddler and uke-chanteuse who grew up in the American roots underground, the daughter of Grammy Award-winning fiddler Jay Ungar. Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar (aka Mike + Ruthy) believe in the transformative power of a great live show, touring with their kids and peerless five-piece band (a sound they’ve taken to calling rural rock), and performing for audiences worldwide with a charm and on-stage ease that might make you think they’re your new best friends. Celtic Music Radio called a recent gig “absolutely terrific…[it] rattled by in a flurry of fun, flair, top musicianship and boundless energy.”
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