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The SoHum Girls Band

Pictured Left to Right:

Matt Hanf
- drums
Kate Juliana
- soprano vocals
Brigette Brannan
- lead & harmony vocals
Marcia Mendels
- lead & harmony vocals; keyboards
Chris Manspeaker
- lead guitar; electric & acoustic rhythm
Richard Barnick
- electric bass

Additional players (on our CDs...) are Del McCain, lead guitar; electric & acoustic rhythm; Peter Amazing, electric bass; “Tofu” Mike Schwartz, drums; Peter Childs, dobro; Pat Hohstadt, stand-up bass; Peter Powell, cello; and Steve Hohstadt, electric guitar, Clint Warner, lead and rhythm guitar.

About Brigette Brannan:

Brigette Brannan“I was born in Los Angeles, but spent some of my early years in Michigan before moving to Southern Humboldt County, California.   Both my parents played guitar and sang, and I remember my father sitting me on a fence and putting an old guitar with 4 strings in my hands to sing and play for my first audience:  10 milk cows.” 

Her talents—and audiences--have expanded since then, and she has performed professionally in several popular rock, funk, and country bands, such as Mirage and 911, as a vocalist and percussionist.   In addition to SoHum Girls, she performs in the rock band, NightHawk, and in Twango McCallan, a country-rock band with her husband, Chris.   “Don’t Give Up” and “One More Kiss” mark her published song-writing debuts.  In addition to the SoHum Girls CDs, you can hear her on the NightHawk CD and see more photos of her on their website,

Brigette credits public school music programs for helping hone her singing skills and teaching her stage confidence, and supports her local school programs so that today’s children will have the same opportunities that she did.

Since everyone in her family sings and/or plays an instrument, Brigette is currently working on a family CD that will include songs written by her father, two sisters, a brother and herself!  When she’s not performing, she’s championing the preservation of the historic Garberville Theatre, the last family-owned movie theatre in northern California.  She and her husband bought it 16 years ago, and are lovingly restoring it, and even improving it by adding solar panels to the roof—a big first for any movie theatre!

You can reach Brigette by e-mailing her at

About Marcia Mendels:

Marcia Mendels“I was born and raised in various towns throughout the midwest and east coast, before moving to Chicago, Illinois, as an adult.  While working days at the Chicago Tribune, I sang in a hot Chicago band, The Divebombers, for 10 years.    My mother claimed I sang before I talked, and I’ve never seen any reason to stop!  I love singing harmony, in particular—adding another dimension to a song.”

“Both my parents played piano and sang, and everyone in my family has musical talent.  We were exposed to music both at home and in the public schools, and like Brigette, I support my local school system’s music programs because I want today’s kids to have the same chance to explore their musical ability that I had.  I moved to Southern Humboldt County because I loved the open feeling of both the land and the people here.   There are so many talented musicians and artists, in particular.” 

Since moving to Southern Humboldt, commonly known to locals as “SoHum,” Marcia has sung, played guitar and keys in several bands, including Willie Bosco and His Honkytonk Review (country-rock), The Bad Intentions (swing/original country-rock), and Del McCain Band (original rock).  She currently performs in NightHawk (rock/original rock), Off the Chart (jazz, with her partner, Chris Manspeaker, a featured guitarist on both CDs)…and now SoHum Girls. 

The SoHum Girls CDs, “One More Kiss” and "Put It in Drive” include 24 songs written by Marcia, 1 written by Brigette Brannan, and 1 that they wrote together.  All of the musicians on the CDs are also from SoHum, and the CDs were recorded, engineered and mastered at local singer/songwriter/musician, Steve Hohstadt’s, studio.  The album designs were created by his wife, also a singer/songwriter/musician, Pat Hohstadt, and the photos were taken by Steve and Pat. 

“This whole project was created with my friends, and that accomplishment makes me the happiest of all.  When people comment on how professional the CDs look and sound, that’s just icing on the cake…and makes me want to keep writing!” 

You can also hear Marcia on the NightHawk CD, “Heart of the Night,” and see more photos of her on NightHawk’s website,

When Marcia isn’t performing, she can be found at her retail store, Eagle’s Perch, in Garberville, which features the work of many local artists.   You can reach her by e-mailing her at


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