The Makings of More Joy...

Iris Harrell

A singer/songwriter who lived 5 years on the road in a band called Shiraz h the ‘70’s. A resident of Oakmont Village since 2015, she is a happily retired general contractor and designer from Silicon Valley. She grew up in North Carolina and Virginia with country, gospel and the Beatles.

Ann Benson

Originally from Texas, her dad bought her a Martin acoustic guitar from a pawn shop when she was 12 years old. She still plays that Martin. Ann sang and played guitar for decades in local Dallas coffee houses, restaurants and concerts. Singer, guitarist and arranger, Ann loves ballads (especially sad ones) and any kind of folk music.

Topher Gayle

Topher plays a variety of stringed instruments and hand percussion in many styles of music. He is a songwriter, vocalist and instrumentalist. He is especially fond of humorous songs, many of which he has written. He plays in a number of bands in the SF Bay area, has toured with contra bands on both coasts, and is a popular accompanist. Topher teaches private lessons in Santa Rosa. He also builds musical instruments. Learn more about him at

Chris Finn

Chris has played upright bass and mandolin in numerous bands over the years, including several bands with Topher. She basically loves playing music with friends and especially enjoys harmony singing. After moving to Sonoma County, she found the music community here vibrant and much to her liking. She joined as a member of More Joy when Iris and Ann moved to Oakmont in Santa Rosa....and she has never looked back.