They are Sonoma County’s goofy folk trio made up of Anita Bear Sandwina playing banjolin, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and harmonica. Megan McLaughlin on guitar and mandolin, Tom Kuhn driving upright bass and mouth percussion. Anita and Megan met on the microphone backing up Keith Greeninger at a shared show with Spark and Whisper, where they discovered their sister-like blend which powers The Musers soaring harmonies. Both Anita and Megan are award-winning songwriters, taking West Coast Songwriter competitions whenever they show up. The Musers' smorgasbord of sound includes Irish, Appalachian, Roots, Jazz, Swing, rock, Americana, and Gospel. At a Muser's show you can be sure that each musical dish will be served with laughter. dancing feet, and the pure joy of their love of music and life.
Anita Bear Sandwina is a multi-instrumentalist Nor-Cal transplant. Her earthy, rootsy style comes from childhood winters on the plains of Iowa. She plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle for the Musers. Her award-winning songs make us laugh, and invite us to discover our own inner landscape. It is an absolute delight to witness her performances. They are high energy, heartfelt and, punctuated by her dancing feet and childlike wonder. Many an observer has said she is a “compelling force of nature” on stage. She has spent years honing her craft in bands, most recently with Spark & Whisper.
Megan McLaughlin is an innovative song poet from Sebastopol, California. She is known for her clear, powerful voice, guitar playing, and her high-energy performances. 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 award-winning songs which range from funky, groove-oriented rock to poignant ballads all using the DADGAD tuning.
Tom Kuhn has a wide musical background ranging from the first-chair trumpet in the 4th-grade, to marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in High School. He also dabbled in piano and tuba during his younger years. He now realizes the fewer strings the better. And since ukulele players are everywhere, he now makes his musical home on the bottom, playing The Musers rhythms and roots on double-bass. Tom has called Sebastopol home for the last 20 years. He has previously played with a number of local folk, bluegrass, and Americana bands, including The Keepers, The Moonshiners, Wildflower, and Late Harvest.