music was a unique blend of Canterbury progressive, fusion, improvisation and much more. The group was formed in the Washington, DC area in the early '70s by
(guitar and violin).
played drums from August 1975 until July 1976. This group recorded the home and studio demo recordings heard on the
left in July 1976. Drummer Paul Sears
joined the next month, setting the stage for the group's most popular period. The group released Manna/Mirage
in 1978, and soon after released a limited-edition, live LP called Air Fiction. The band also worked with Fred Frith
on his solo LP, Gravity
produced the band's next LP, 185
, in late 1980. The Muffins
disbanded six months later. In the early '90s, the band played at a private party, resulting in "Hobart Got Burned" on the Unsettled Scores compilation (Cuneiform,1995), and it wasn't until July 16, 1998, that group came together again -- this time for a reunion show in Washington, D.C. This reunion lasted, leading to a number of concerts by the Muffins
over the next several years. Tom Scott, Paul Sears, Billy Swan and Dave Newhouse also hit the studios in 2001.