24th July 2016: The Mike & Ruthy Band

Posted: July 20, 2014 in Previously
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The Mike + Ruthy BandThe Mike & Ruthy Band plus support
Sunday 24th July 2016

The CCA Glasgow

Tickets £13 from The CCA 0141 352 4900

Book online

Doors 7.30pm, 8pm start

The Mike + Ruthy Band was singled out by Celtic Connections Festival’s artistic director, Donald Shaw as one of his Top Ten highlights of the 2016 event in an interview for BBC – and went on to wow the crowd as predicted when they played Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket. Reviewers described the show as everything from “glorious, gleeful and exuberant,” to “excellent” and “absolutely terrific.”

The Woodstock, NY-based five-piece had already been making a big Stateside impact since forming late in 2013.

Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar (daughter of Grammy-winning composer/fiddler Jay Ungar who wrote the universally-known fiddle tune, Ashokan Farewell) had previously spent seven-years together touring globally with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete’s grandson) in The Mammals.

When The Mike + Ruthy Band released the Bright As You Can album, it won instantaneous admiration. Splicing styles from old-time to Motown, spare acoustic balladry to driving rock ‘n’ roll, allied with superb original song-writing, The Boston Globe called it ‘one of the year’s standout Americana albums,” while Pop Matters said it had put them “in the vanguard of today’s vibrant folk revival.”

The hugely-influential No Depression magazine said: “It’s a record that will grab you and won’t let you go,” and at the end of 2015, the publication’s editor, Kim Ruehl, made it her stand-out release of the year.

Renowned for their high-octane live shows, the line-up includes fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar, pedal steel, bass and drums, fronted by stunning vocal harmonies.

“Pristine” – The New York Times

“Infectious new folk rock” – Boston Globe

 

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