Sonoma County’s folk trio is made up of Anita Bear Sandwina, Megan McLaughlin, and Tom Kuhn. Anita and Megan, both award-winning songwriters, met behind the microphone singing backups at a friend’s show and discovered their sister- like harmony blend. The Musers have produced three CDs of original songs in the four years they have been together. Their “Free Range Folk” includes Irish, Appalachian, Roots, Swing, Gospel, and Americana. Each musical dish is served up with laughter, dancing feet, and verve. Their latest CD (and video produced by Sebastian St. James),
Turn It On, was released in 2021. They organized 8 backyard “Make Your Own Festival” concerts, toured the Pacific Northwest, and were chosen to play Sebastopol’s Peacetown, The KRSH Backyard Concerts, Occidental Center for the Arts Concert Series, and Luther Burbank Locals. The Musers are currently planning their 4th CD, Beautiful Mysteries, for release in early 2022.
Anita Bear Sandwina
Anita sings and plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica. Her earthy, roots style comes from her childhood on the plains of Iowa. Her playful, beautiful songs invite us to discover our own inner landscapes. This musical ‘swiss army knife’ is known for her high energy, heartfelt performances and childlike wonder. Years of honing her craft in bands, most recently, Spark & Whisper, have turned her into a compelling force of nature on stage.
Megan sings and plays guitar and mandolin. She has spent years at Irish sessions, both as the backbone on guitar and stepping out the jigs on the mandolin. You can hear this influence in her songs which range from funky, groove-oriented rock to poignant ballads, using standard, DADGAD and CGDGCD tuning. She is known for her clear, powerful voice and her innovative guitar playing.
Tom sings and plays double-bass, adds mouth percussion, and raises the average Muser height to 5’7”. His bass arrangements include percussive slaps and beautiful bowing as he holds down the bottom and the beat. Tom dabbled in piano and tuba in his younger years, and now realizes, the fewer strings, the better. He previously played in folk, bluegrass, and Americana bands: The Keepers, The Moonshiners, Wildflower, and Late Harvest.