"I can see why They are called "The Musers”. They brought "The Muse” to me. Their vocal harmonies, powerful instrumental punch, rhythmic joy and natural flowing lyrics light the way! The Musers demonstrate a hopeful, beautiful world and each person in the audience feels the joy!"
"The Musers have great songwriting and harmonies, you'll laugh, you'll cry...You'll think, you'll rejoice, you'll swing, you'll rock, you'll dance a jig!"
The Musers are made of Megan McLaughlin, Anita Bear Sandwina, Tom Kuhn and Leslie Jackson. Anita and Megan, both award-winning songwriters, met behind the microphone singing backups at a Kieth Greeninger show and discovered their sister-like harmony blend. Tom and Anita met at a Joe Craven show. Leslie Jackson sat in at Crow camp at The Redwood Ramble, and the rest is history! Their “Free Range Folk” includes Irish, Appalachian, Roots, Funk, Swing, Gospel, and Americana; each musical dish is served with dancing feet, verve, and heart.
Raised on the plains of Iowa, Anita started writing songs and playing guitar in her teens. She moved to California for school and found the Strawberry Music Festival and late-night jams. Delighted by the bluegrass twang, she picked up the mandolin and joined her first band. She recorded 3 albums with Three at Last, and 3 more with Spark & Whisper before forming The Musers in 2017. Anita is The Musers’ swiss army knife musician, intrigued by the instrument's unique voices, she has added the 5-string banjo, fiddle, and harmonica to her quiver of sounds. When not doing music you can find Anita gardening, painting, throwing pots, and exploring dirt trails on her gravel bike.
Leslie Jackson is a lifetime traditional ethnic musician and dancer with 25+ years of Irish fiddle and mandolin and 10+ years of North African Classical music (Andalus). She grew up in the SF Bay Area in the Deely School of Irish Dancing and The Prince Charles Pipe Band, performing and competing across North America. Leslie plays Cajon, triangle, and dancing feet in The Musers. When not playing music, Leslie is riding a bicycle.
Megan McLaughlin is an innovative guitar player, singer, and songwriter. She has a powerful, clear voice, and sings like the love child of Joni Mitchell and David Crosby. Megan plays guitars in standard, DADGAD, and CGDGCD tunings. Megan studied voice, composition, and theory in college, busked on the streets of Paris, and then studied guitar with Nina Gerber when love brought her to California in the 90’s. She produced three CDs between 1995 - 2010. Since retiring from teaching Kindergarten in 2017, she has turned her attention to mandolin, woodshedding, and writing lots of songs. When not playing music, Megan is doing Ashtanga Yoga and booking The Musers.
Tom’s musical journey began with the trumpet and baritone. Years later, he picked up the guitar to accompany himself while singing. This led him to attend Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and California Coast Music Camp where he was exposed to a wide variety of acoustic styles. After a brief foray into percussion, an influential teacher recommended he try the bass. The first time he played stand-up with a full ensemble, he never looked back. He borrowed an instrument and started bass lessons the following week! Tom has performed on bass in bluegrass, swing, country, folk, and other styles. He also loves funk and other groove-based music and raises the average height of The Musers to 5’7’'.