The Mongrel Jews

Caterwauling Street Folk from the depths of Seattle!

The Mongrel Jews are a Seattle street folk band that has been gracing the city’s stages, street corners and living rooms since 2010. Mixing the down-home Americana of Old Crow Medicine Show with the raucous energy of the Violent Femmes, the acoustic trio puts on a a theatrical performance full of caterwauling shout-alongs and dancing ballads.

The band was founded by washboard player Sarah Shay, who brought aboard her banjo-touting brother Aaron, and the wailing harmonica of Annie Hughes. They have shared stages with such acts as Jason Webley, The Doubleclicks, Renee de la Prade, God’s Favorite Beefcake, and a burlesque dancer in a banana costume.


"They eat a stage."
- El Tigre (Steel Tigers of Death, Mustard Pack Records)

"The Mongrel Jews‘ songs make you want to move, but not in a ‘hit the dancefloor’ sort of way; more of a ‘sway in your seat and swing a mug of beer back and forth while singing along’ kind of way. Theirs is the siren song that convinces you to ditch everything and run away with the circus."
- Molly Lewis, singer/songwriter and YouTube celebrity

"You are so much fun to watch, I'd go to your shows even if I was deaf!"
-Rob Gardiner, local ice creamiere

"I was completely enchanted...It’s almost like they channel the spirit of Joey Ramone if he lived in the 1930s."
-Sylvie Janacek, Seattle Bicycle Music Project

"You guys get better every time I see you."
- Tata Hari, burlesque beauty

Friends! This Thursday night, come and celebrate the season at The 5th Annual Bubbe's Old-Fashioned Hanukkah Shindig! You'll also see the likes of The Debaucherauntes, The m9 and Canada's finest punk accordionist, Geoff Berner!

Tractor Tavern, 21+, 7PM doors. Don't miss it! Link in comments.

Very exciting news, y'all. We're going to be playing not one, but TWO festivals this summer!

1) Jason Webley is founding a new festival called ONCE, taking place June 10th-12th on Camano Island. And we're gonna be performing there, too! Alongside such local/coastal luminaries as Oddjob Ensemble, The Debaucherauntes, Amy Denio Music, Pepper Proud, Mtns. & Tunnels, and more! TICKETS ARE ONLY $11. For more information, click here:

2) At Oregon Country Fair, keep your eyes out for us busking on the paths (and maybe on a stage or two)! This is our first year at Fair and we cannot contain how excited we are to participate. For more information about OCF, click here:

This is gonna be a good summer. See you all around!

The 15th day of Nisan, 1st night of Pesach, marks the 1st time we recorded as a band in 2010. Come celebrate tonight at Lucky Liquor in Georgetown/Tukwila!

Southenders! Come on out this Friday to Lucky Liquor in Tukwila for an inimitable evening of music.

Molly Lewis

Wonderful news, everyone! "Thanksgiving Vs. Christmas," the awesome musical we were in two holiday seasons ago, is now available on CD! The latest in physical media! There's even a two-disc *special edition*, if you prefer your physical media in even numbers.

You can also download a commentary with creators Molly Lewis, Josh A. Cagan, and Joseph Scrimshaw. They discuss which of the Animaniacs each of the Mongrels is...see if you agree!

It's been a while, y'all. You can catch us a few places and times, in the coming months!

This Sunday, March 27th, we'll be performing at Mirkwood Public House in Arlington for their grand reopening weekend.

On Friday, April 22nd, you can catch us performing with Bakelite 78 and The Bad Things at Lucky Liquor.

Not only that, but we'll be returning to Punk As Folk in 2016 on Memorial Day Weekend. Keep your eyes peeled for details!

Howdy, friends! We're going to be performing tomorrow afternoon at the Phinney Center with some amazing talent, including but not limited to R2-D2! Aaron's finally gonna get their autograph, after all these years of waiting...!

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Band Members

Aaron J. Shay: Vocals, banjo, ukulele, jack-of-all-trades.

Sarah Shay: Vocals, washboard, jack-a-dandy.

Annie Hughes: Vocals, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, jack-a-napes.


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