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Ani DiFranco with Special Guest Mike & Ruthy

Infinity Norfolk


Tue, November 17, 2015
Norfolk, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Alternative Rock / Folk / Rock
Ani DiFranco with Special Guest Mike & Ruthy

Since 1990, Grammy-Nominated artist Ani DiFranco’s music has been crossing over genres while connecting fans and fellow artists. Whether it’s releasing over 20 albums on her Righteous Babe record label, or the impactful work she’s done as an activist, or her countless collaborations with everyone from Pete Seeger to Prince, Ani DiFranco puts everything she’s got into playing her treasured music and we are thrilled to have her on our stage.  

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Artist Bio

As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. All of which are featured in DiFranco’s new Righteous Babe release, Allergic To Water, where she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano.

“It’s such a humbling, and grueling, thing to raise children,” DiFranco said. “And that makes playing music more precious and makes me more grateful. It’s a real balancing act, but it also has a balancing effect.”

DiFranco adds that becoming a mother has brought her closer to listeners who have followed her music since she began performing in New York City during the early 1990s. But widespread attention never prevented her from holding on to her integrity, and independence. A strong belief in human rights has run throughout her work, including when she played at numerous benefit concerts around the world. At a time when record labels still held an oversized influence, DiFranco stood ahead of the curve in launching her own Righteous Babe Records. The company has released more than 20 of her albums to date, ranging from the popular two-disc live album, Living In Clip (1997), to the expansive To The Teeth (1999), which included such guests as legendary R&B saxophonist Maceo Parker and Prince. Journalist Sylvie Simmons wrote in the British music magazine MOJO in 1998, “Even if her overt politicism and her 200-shows-per-year tours with an acoustic guitar place her in the Woody Guthrie tradition, her music—which has boldly plundered funk or punk, hip hop, rock—doesn’t.”

Some stellar traditional New Orleans musicians and jazz players contributed to her 2012 disc, Which Side Are You On?, and the Crescent City also informs Allergic To Water, which is one of her most intimate and musically expansive recordings. This autumn, DiFranco will tour internationally behind Allergic To Water and the disc’s high-profile guests will accompany her stellar trio of bassist Todd Sickafoose and drummer Terence Higgins on several stops. Violinist Jenny Scheinman will open and sit in at some points. DiFranco has also marked other career milestones this past year. This summer she returned to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where she received their prestigious Artistic Achievement award, coupled with her first ever honorary doctorate, which was given to her by the University of Winnipeg. She also marked the passing of one of her own mentors, Pete Seeger, through writing a moving essay about the man and his legacy in the Wall Street Journal.

“I think that my one grain of wisdom in my life, which serves me well, is that when I meet a great teacher, I follow them,” DiFranco said. “I invent excuses to be near them. Whether it’s Pete, Utah Phillips, or Sekou Sundiata, it’s made my life pretty great along the way.”

Mike & Ruthy

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If ever there was a band that that turned the Americana scene on it’s head it was The Mammals, a group that the LA Weekly dubbed “The finest young bluegrass/old-timey band in the country.” When the group announced a hibernation in 2007 fans felt a tinge of remorse. 

Now, there is reason to celebrate as founding members Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar have re-emerged in big bang style to remind us why their music was celebrated as such in the first place. 

On their most recent recording project we find something of a synthesis of all their musical experiences to date: a folk-rock hybrid record that pays tribute to their mentors while defiantly forging a path that is electrified, youthful and now. 

Bright As You Canthe rocking new album from The Mike + Ruthy Band, celebrates the grit and glory of kinship with 14 road-tested tunes of radio-ready acoustic pop, broody rock, country soul, and boot-stomping porch folk. 

Ruthy, daughter of GRAMMY-winning Jay Ungar (Ashokan Farewell - “that song put me through college,” she says) and folk singer Lyn Hardy, was born to it. After meeting Mike, from the start, they wrote what they knew, weaving ardent friendship, warts-and-all couplehood, bittersweet loss, unabashed joy, and modern gypsy domesticity into song, while keeping an edge consistent with the scrappier end of the folk spectrum. 

Mike + Ruthy had travelled the world for seven years with Tao Seeger (Pete’s grandson) as The Mammals before embarking on their own musical path and scoring an Americana hit with 2010’s Million To One and following that up with 2012's NYC EP featuring the gorgeous Woody Guthrie co-write, "My New York City." 

Last year they decided to make a high octane record, comprised of songs they could tour with a band, and tapped drummer Konrad Meissner (Brandi Carlisle, Tracy Bonham), bassist Jacob Silver (Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie) and pedal steel man Charlie Rose (Elephant Revival, Josh Ritter). 

Woody Guthrie's guitar killed fascists. This family carries the torch. 


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