Posted: October 26, 2016 in Live Music

Matty has quit the band, so we are three again.  A broken plate=more room in the cupboard.  For now we are reorganizing the set list and digging deep for songs that have been neglected or forgotten.    The current lineup is Ann Wright, banjo, fiddle, cello, guitar; Art Peterson, accordion, Ukulele, guitar; Laurie Miller, bass, all on vocals.

Expect SPECIAL GUESTS in the Ghost chair have been Greg Pratt, Kurt Regas, Celu, Tom Cline, Ken Hayes, Joe Cullen.

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Art Peterson playing with the Polka Cowboys at Hornbill Burmese Restaurant

Old Photographs

Posted: March 5, 2016 in Live Music

We still play on at the Starry Plough Pub most (except the second) Saturdays, 5-7 PM Pacific.  Well worth a stop-by; no cover, good American-style pub food, many taps, wine, and other beverages.  Kids welcome, too.

2.24.12_22Minutes away from the third anniversary of Scruffy’s untimely demise (4/6/13), still feeling that deep pain of having someone you love snatched away in the night, so unceremoniously, but, hey, that’s me.  I was there  .  .  .  Maybe it’s you, too.  Perhaps our fourteen fans and followers would enjoy a few gratuitous memories of our funny founding member.IMG_5285.


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Native Here 2015

Posted: September 19, 2015 in Live Music

Well lookee here–the Possum Family Singers return to the Starry Plough today Saturday September 19, 5-7 PM . .

Come see us Sunday October 4 at the Native Here Nursery fall plant sale, noon to 3 PM. A beautiful setting, admission is free, a chance to shop for native local plants to get in the ground before the rains come!

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Our first appearance at the Nursery May 3 2014


Posted: August 30, 2015 in Live Music

Photos from El Cerrito Free Folk Festival October 25, 2014

Updated — Native Here Nursery Bring Back the Natives Benefit October 4, 2015

August 15–Possum Family Singers, Starry Plough Pub Happy Hour, 5-7 PM

August 22–Laurie and Art at Cotati Accordion Festival– Matt, Ann, further lineup TBA

August 29–5th Saturday appearance–Possum Family Singers, Starry Plough Pub Happy Hour, 5-7 PM

September 5–N O  S H O W–Matt will be at Strawberry–Laurie and Art Peterson in Iowa–with Anita Bryant ! ?

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September 12–Second Saturday, Leo Lobo and Friends at the Starry Plough 3-6 PM

September 19–back to normal–Possum Family Singers, Starry Plough Pub Happy Hour, 5-7 PM

See you there!

Schedule for Summer 2015

Posted: June 8, 2015 in Live Music

The Possum Family Singers appear regularly at Berkeley’s Own Starry Plough Pub and Restaurant, 3101 Shattuck Avenue at Prince on the Oakland border–on the First, Third, and Fourth Saturdays of each month, from 5-7 PM.  (and sometimes?  the fifth  see below)  There is no cover charge, we do appreciate the tips, and beer!  The burgers and pizza are great, so come hungry.

new listing:   Sunday, July 19th – 2pm – Art on accordion, Laurie on bass at the SF Accordion Club – Oyster Point Yacht Club, 911 Marina, South San Francisco –

July 23, 8 PM (3 songs), Possum Girls and Art Peterson, Caffe Trieste 2500 San Pablo at Dwight Way, Berkeley (with LaWanda Ultan and Friends)

Art will be playing the Cotati Accordion Festival on August 22 for the reunion of Those Darn Accordions, of which he was a founding member.   He will miss that date at the Plough, and also 7/18, for a private party in Walnut Creek.

August 31 (or so) Art and Laurie will leave for Iowa for the National Traditional Country Music Festival in Le Mars–perhaps we will play the Plough on 8/29, the 5th Saturday in August, missing the first Saturday in September.  Stay tuned  .  .  or tune again  .  .  .  . we will.

July 4 the Plough will be closed.  No Possums will appear SO EXCITED!  Saturday June 20 the Possum Family Singers play the San Francisco Free Folk 2 PM, zipping back to Berkeley for our 5 PM set at the Plough.  We will perform in the Chapel, this year the festival is at St Cyprian’s, 2097 Turk Boulevard (at Lyon) San Francisco (directions), Art will be giving the Accordion Workshop in the Community Hall from 12:30-1:30 PM Sorry to miss all the great players, especially Don Burnam at 8, and the Strange Angels, closing the show at 9 -10 PM!

We play the S4F on the Chapel Stage  .  .  .  June 20, 2015 at 2 – 3 PM.  This year the Festival will be held at St. Cyprian’s Church, 2097 Turk St at Lyon (near USF)  First appearance of the Possum Family Singers at the SFFFF, and about durn time, I think.

We will not be appearing at the Starry Plough on May 23, off to the Meadow Muffin with the Lost Hippies, playing the Main (only) Stage  4:30-6 PM.  The POSSUM FAMILY SINGERS will return to the Starry Plough on the FIFTH Saturday, May 30.

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Muffineers at the Horseshoe Tree, Club Ouiselle


Posted: January 20, 2015 in Live Music

Yes, it’s true/  For lunch this Saturday, January 24, the Possum Family Singers are opening for Grumpy Cat, at the Berkeley Humane Society parking lot, 9th and Carlton. Come brave the crowds and get an autograph!

From five to seven PM on most Saturdays, we are proud to play spin-the-possum for tips and beer and pizza at the renowned Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Avenue at the Berkeley/Oakland border.  Come join the festivities and meet some really nice folks.   Good eats, many taps, famously free, hecka fun.

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Native Here Nursery

Posted: September 19, 2014 in Live Music

We return to Native Here Nursery in Berkeley’s Tilden Park on SUNDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014, from 1-3 PM to rock the garden and serenade shoppers.

Family Fun Day in the Nursery!  A great resource! And a beautiful place to find plants adapted to our local climate, sorted by towns around the East Bay where they were collected.

Packing to leave  after a fun time at the Nursery--see you in October!

Packing to leave after a fun time at the Nursery–see you in October!

Native Here Nursery
East Bay CNPS
nursery: (510) 549-0211