Mike + Ruthy
Mike + Ruthy are hard touring folk musicians from New York’s Hudson Valley. This doesn’t mean that they just play square dances on old, dusty instruments — which they do — but it means they write about the times we live in using sturdy roots music as their bedrock. As a duo circled around one simple microphone, Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar alternate between whisper-soft intimacy and rafter-raising hoedowns. Their 2016 release Bright As You Can was hailed by The Boston Globe as “one of the year’s standout Americana records.” They put on their own exceptional festival, The Hoot, and will be a ubiquitous presence at their first FreshGrass, both giving workshops and performing on stage.