Hosted by Helene Lesterlin

Our guest this episode is Ruth Ungar Merenda, a touring and recording songwriter and musician from West Hurley, NY. Ruth started playing the fiddle at a young age with her family, and has not stopped playing music since, picking up a bunch of other instruments and artistic practices along the way. You may know her as Ruth of the duo Mike + Ruthy or as a founding member of the band The Mammals. Their songs have been described as “honest songs that not only connect with their listeners on an emotional level, but also explore the idea that people are capable of building a better world.” Ruth also works year round producing public events at the Ashokan Center as their Director of Community Outreach, producing the Winter and Summer Hoots there, which are famous and beloved weekends of music and community celebration.