He grew up listening to ska-punk and alternative rock radio, dreaming of becoming a songwriter on the political edge. She was raised at the intersection of folk and swing, daughter of fiddle master Jay Ungar and country songwriter Lyn Hardy. They met in NYC, just out of college, and went on to found “subversive acoustic stringband” The Mammals. When The Mammals split up, and they married, they spent their honeymoon in the studio, recording a debut duo album aptly called ‘The Honeymoon Agenda.’
After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar & Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos.
Recently, we caught up with Mike & Ruthy at their Humble Abode Studio in West Hurley, New York to shoot this video session.