Mike and Ruthy have been called “one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos” by Folk Alley and credited with “Some of the best songwriting of their generation” by the LA Weekly. Based in Ulster County, they were founding members of the groundbreaking folk rock band The Mammals which traveled the world for seven years. After starting a family in 2008, they began performing as a duo, (which sometimes expands into the Mike and Ruthy Band) releasing several acclaimed and mesmerizing albums that stretch musical horizons. As if that weren’t enough, Mike and Ruthy also launched their very own folk festival, The Hoot, now entering its third year of both winter and summer gatherings at the Ashokan Center.
This Flying Cat Music concert bill could be mistaken for a micro-hoot of sorts, because it reunites Mike and Ruthy on stage with longtime friend Robert Sarazin Blake, a featured artist at the actual “Hoots.” Wikipedia describes Blake as “generally considered a folk musician, though his music incorporates elements of traditional Celtic songwriters, modern punk rock, country, and blues all blended together with a heavy dose of improvisation.” Robert Sarazin Blake has been called “the closest thing we have to a beat poet in the 21st century.”
A reviewer at All the Day Sounds described a Robert Sarazin Blake performance as follows: “Blake took the stage with a power and intensity that left me feeling that I had just witnessed Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway, and a proton bomb all combined into one.” Performing up to 200 shows a year in any of 8 nations, Blake’s frequent tours of Ireland gained him coverage at an Ireland Tourism website, irelandlogue.com, which duly noted “He cuts an ideosyncratic path through the world.” There is no one quite like Robert Sarazin Blake. Each of his shows is a new revelation.
The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York. Choose your price for this show – from $10 to $20. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is an intimate venue with seating for approximately 50 guests.
Seats can be reserved by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Flying Cat Music at 845-688-9453. RSVPs must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the show in order to confirm seat availability. Advance seats can only be guaranteed until 7:20 p.m. so please arrive early to claim them.