|“Gorgeous acoustic music which exceeds a genre such as folk or singer/songwriter. Two perfectly connected musicians who belong to the absolute top.”
– Moors Magazine, The Netherlands
Mike and Ruthy are a songwriting, harmony-singing, banjo and fiddle-slinging duo from the Hudson Valley who have been described as literate, political, organic, and inspired. They recently joined Pete Seeger for his performance at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and joined the incredible cast of musicians at Pete’s 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. Mike and Ruthy are thrilled to be back on the road in their native Northeast in support of their latest recording, Waltz of the Chickadee.
About Waltz of the Chickadee:
Waltz of the Chickadee by Mike and Ruthy is a fine new collection of melodies and words that evoke the springtime. This new recording has a bit more fiddle & banjo than their first duo record, The Honeymoon Agenda. It also delves into the themes of death and birth, with original odes inspired by personal experience.
Mike and Ruthy are joined by their family and friends on many of the tracks: Lyn Hardy, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Abby and Rosie Newton, Dominic John, Craig Santiago, and Jacob Silver.
Another Dawn Another Day by Ruthy kicks of the album like an eerie, daybreak dream with an angelic harmony from her Mom, Lyn Hardy, and a rootsy guitar/banjo groove.
Another very gripping original is the fingerpicked Slow Train, which Mike wrote after many hours of staring at their new baby boy. The swell of bowed basses played by Jacob Silver, and the trance-like drumming of Craig Santiago help to create a uniquely beautiful sound.
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason make memorable appearances on the rollicking Woody Guthrie ballad, Dustbowl Blues, and on Waltz of the Chickadee, a fiddle-driven dance tune which sounds a bit cajun even though it was written by Ruthy at their home in West Hurley, NY.
Surrounded by this sweet mixture of acoustic instruments, the center-piece of the album is the snug vocal blend of Mike and Ruthy, which has been aptly compared to Simon and Garfunkle. Their songs tell great stories and their instrumentals provide the perfect space between tales of loss and inspiration.
The entire project was recorded and mixed at home by Mike and Ruthy with expert guidance from their long-time friend and producer Max Feldman. The sounds, like the songs, are honest and true.
House Concerts build strong friendships between musicians, presenters, and listeners. Most importantly, House Concerts provide the most intimate and compelling performance environment available. – Darryl Purpose
|I hope you can join us……Deb|
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