Most of my writing involves an adaptation of some form of creature from folklore, or ancient religious or mystical practice, and my current projects are no exception. Unfortunately, I had a vision of a trio of mystic musicians as protagonists and I'm not quite sure where to begin researching for real life culture references to support my theme. Most of us have likely heard of Sirens, Muses, Gods and Goddesses of the arts, etc. I am a little lost when it comes to human beings that use music as a means to channel supernatural power. The closest I can think of is some of the Vodoun ceremonies wherein Loa are invited to take possession, but that does not quite have the fantasy bard feel that I am investigating. There are certainly plenty of bards in fantasy fiction, the very least of which includes Dungeons and Dragons and Mercedes Lackey's "Bardic" series. If anyone can point me in the right direction of what folklore I should begin researching, I'd be most appreciative. Anything from specific ethnic stories, to regions, to other words besides "bard" with similar meanings to search for would be helpful.