A high-octane Americana quintet from New York’s storied Hudson Valley, The Mammals carry on the work of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie with a deep original repertoire and signature “trad is rad” sound. They will begin their “Western Migration” tour at Springville Center for the Arts on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.
In 2001, The Mammals originated as a partnership between Ruthy Ungar, banjo/guitar songsmith Mike Merenda, and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete Seeger’s grandson). The Mammals reemerged in 2017 fronted by Mike and Ruthy along with drums, bass and pedal steel. Known for their jubilant, high-energy shows, The Mammals deftly move from older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-the-alarm topical fare that’s right in line with the times, bouncing from roof raising hoe-downs to hear-a-pin-drop acappella balladry.
The Washington Post described their rootsy character, explaining, “The Mammals don’t suffer from multiple genre syndrome, they celebrate it as if gleefully aware that the sound barriers separating old-timey music, vintage pop and contemporary folk are as permeable as cotton.”
Springville Center for the Arts is located at 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville, NY 14141. Call 716-592-9038 or visit SpringvilleArts.org for tickets, $12 presale, or $15 at the door.