About the Band

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The POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS mix up Americana, Folk, Rock, and original songs with Laurie Miller on bass, Ann Wright on banjo, guitar fiddle and cello, Art Peterson on accordion, guitar, banjo, and ukelele–and all on vocals and harmonies.

The POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS–“Sweethearts of the Starry Plough Saturday Happy Hour” since 2009

You’ll find them at the Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA at the Oakland border-from 5 ’til 7 on the FIRST AND THIRD (and sometimes 5th) Saturdays of each month.

For bookings, call Art Peterson 925-768-9047


Grumpytown USA, Benefit for Berkeley Humane Society mobile adoption project, with Matt Parker on mandolin, and fan club president Mr. Bloom




After drumming and singing with various unnameable Bay Area rock, thrash and show bands beginning in the summer of 1979, Laurie Miller picked up the bass guitar in 1991.

Ann Wright studied voice and Opera, plays banjo, guitar, classical guitar, cello, violin and mandolin, and collects tunes and sings.

On the implosion of two bands, the Cavepainters and the Silver Kittens in November of 2009, remaining members were invited to take on Saturday happy hour at the Starry Plough, and in searching for a suitable transition animal, the Possum Family Singers was born.

After the Sudden, Untimely Demise of Steve Soliah in early 2013, the Possum Family Singers wandered, three-legged, until Art Peterson joined on accordion, finger-pickin guitar, banjo and vocals, adding a western-swing and old-timey flavor. Matt Parker exited the band in late 2016.

Art’s band Polka Cowboys appears monthly in El Sobrante, CA. His band Wildcat Canyon, with Laurie on bass, plays Contra Dances from Hayfork to Santa Cruz. Laurie and Art join the Herby Derby Show Band for the Monday Tea Dance, 1-3 PM at the San Pablo, CA Senior Center. Art began playing accordion at age 8, has toured Europe and the US as a banjo- and guitar-picking solo act and as founding member of Those Darn Accordions, also appearing with The Woody Guthrie Show, and Charlie Blacklock’s Band– thus finding himself President of the International Musical Saw Association, which holds a yearly festival at Roaring Camp, in Felton CA. (artpeterson.com)

You can still see Matt and the Lost Hippies–with Laurie, Art, Rick Purcell and Guido Moscoso 5-7 PM Thursdays at the Starry Plough.


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Matt, Laurie, Ann, Art–Native Here Nursery May 2013



The ORIGINAL POSSUM FAMILY  at Black Butte River Ranch   Muffy, Possum, good friend Ron, Scruffy and Matt


By popular request–our some-song list and lost- updated October 25, 2016

Across The Great Divide

All of Me
Arms of the Angel
Baby Blue
Blue, Blue Day
Blue Eyed Boston Boy
City of New Orleans
Cold and Lonely
Crawdad Song
Crescent City
Deep Water
Do You Wanna Dance
Glory of Love

Hard Times (Stephen Foster)
I’ll Fly Away
I Am Weary
I Believe in You
If I Left You
I Just Wanna Dance with You
I Still Miss Someone
Kathy’s Song
Little Red Wagon
Lone Prairie
Longhorn Stomp
Long Lonely Day
Long Way Home
Long White Cadillac
Louis Collins
Loving Arms

Mama’s Hand
Miss Molly
One More Dollar
Orphan Girl
Orphan of the Storm
Pistol Packin’ Mama
Red Red Wine
Red Trains
Rock Salt and Nails
Scare Easy
Side of the Road
Still I Long (for your kiss)
Sweet Carolina

Time Changes Everything
Walk Away Renee
When the Line
Winter’s Come n Gone
Won’t You Come Sing for Me
You Don’t Miss your Water
Your Town Now


“Laurie Miller sings a country ballad better ‘n anybody.  Her voice is right up there with Hank Williams” –Jean Hooker

Thanks to our sound system provided by zt of berkeley–the monster amp in a lunchbox, and PhilJonesBass amp.

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  1. John says:

    Yes indeed, a very fun band! Just wondering if you would consider posting a set list here or a list of your favorite songs to play. Thanks, and it is always a pleasure to hear you all!

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  3. Jeffrey Toobin says:

    I have a question about the band. Could someone email me at jeffrey_toobin@newyorker.com? Many thanks.

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