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Performers & Venues

Performers for 2020

times and places are tentative until December

Atwater and Donnelly

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks, and other surprises including Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork, and Tap.

Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history. And, because they have such an extensive repertoire, special programs and workshops can be tailored for festivals, schools, colleges, libraries, women's history, and holidays

The couple will be at St John's from 4-5:30 pm. 

Boubacar Mamadou

MAMADOU is a world-class ensemble showcasing the original musical works of Senegalese luminary Mamadou Diop.

Having shared the stage and collaborated with countless African greats including Baaba Maal, Mamadou Jimi Mbaye and Mbaye Dieye Faye in the Madison Band (formerly of Youssou Ndour), Thione Seck, Nicolas Menheim and Papa Seck in the band Africando, the Grand Soda Mama, and many others, Mamadou introduced his signature rhythm guitar sound around the world.

Mamadou Diop has had opportunities to connect with influential giants including James Brown, the Jackson Five with Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela - all personal inspirations for his art.

Now, fronting his own award-winning band, he resides in the USA composing and performing new and amazing songs about peace, love, hope, family and friendship, bringing a positive vibe to our world.

Band members include:

  • Mamadou Diop - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead percussion

  • Adam Zampino - Keyboards and bass, backing vocals

  • Michelle Cherie - Backing vocals, percussion

  • Moha Seck - Lead percussion

  • Erik Bistany - Bass

  • Mitch Cohen - Drum kit

You can catch them at the Library from 7-8 pm. 

Tall Richard and the Night Owls


Legendary Cape Cod  showman "Tall" Richard has been playing professionally since the 1980's with his fine bands from Nova Scotia to Key West. Expect a combination of superb musicianship and downright dancing fun....a bluesy low down harmonica howl.....a slide guitar finger picking hoe down....rocking rhythm section. More info at

Tall Richard and the Night Owls will be at Town Hall from 6:00-8:00 pm

Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz 

 A Cape Cod favorite performing a blend of jazz, Latin, pop, funk, fusion, blues and rock. More info at


The Trio will begin at 5:00-5:50 in Town Hall

​The Familiars

Acoustic duo playing traditional folk, popular, folk rock and old-time country music on guitar, violin, mandolin, harmonica and Irish low whistle. More info at

The Familiars will be at the Glass Museum for 4-5

​Jackson Gillman

Magnificent, well-traveled storyteller and leader of participatory songs and comedy. His act may include mime, dance, sign language, cabaret, and vaudeville. More info at

Jackson will be at First Church from 4-5 pm. 

High Attitude

High Attitude is a popular Cape band that plays all the music you love. Come and enjoy songs from the likes of Jimmy Buffet, The Eagles, and so much more. 

High Attitude will be at Beth's Bakery from 4-6 pm. 

​Brian "Fishmonger" Kelly

A diverse solo acoustic guitarist/singer who embraces the old and new in acoustic roots music, classic folk/rock, and Americana genres..... recipient of the GIGMASTERS BEST of YEAR AWARD in 2017! 

Brian will be at The Burger Bar from 4-6. The Burger Bar will then open for dinner for Hungry First Night event goers. 

Karen Woodhall and David Jackson

Karen Woodhall does it all--Contemporary Folk, with Blues, Country and pop standards mixed in. Sometimes described as " little mama blues with a lite brass to her sass", 

Karen and David Jackson will be at St Johns from 7:30-8:15.

John Williams

.John Williams holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and has been teaching music and performing for 30 years. Majoring in Music Education and classical guitar, John has performed solo and with small ensembles for several years, including performances with the Wilkes College Guitar Ensemble and the Boston Guitar Orchestra, traveling to Madrid to participate in the Chamber Arts Music Festival. John currently teaches music in the Sandwich Public Schools and performs locally..

Sandwich Fairy Garden

Do you believe in magic? Our community of Fairies is rarely seen; sometimes we wonder if they are really there. However, each year, on New Years Eve, the fairies are so busy ringing in the New Year that the veil which usually hides them joins in the fun and thins just enough for us to observe them in their homes. Located around the edge of Shawme pond at the Deacon Eldred House this garden is a wonder to young and old alike.

The garden is open from 4-9 pm.

Thatcher Drake

New to First Night Sandwich but well known to the artistic community Thatcher is a musical talent who should not be missed. 

Thatcher will be the opening act a First Church, be sure to come enjoy his talent. 

First Church from 4-5pm

Drama Fun

Kids from Courtenay Harrington-Bailey's drama studio will be performing a variety of songs. TBA

Diane Edgecomb

What do cultures around the world have in common? Folktale Superheroes!!! Long before the Superheroes of today, people used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about beings with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures the invisible fairy and the snake that swallows people so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest, he saves the other animals from a monster while teaching the audience how to dance, sing and defeat those who abuse their power and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales.

This entertaining performance is a wonderful adjunct to English language curriculum, celebrating diversity with a multi-cultural storytelling and at the same time showing us how folktale characters and plots have the same themes as today’s superheroes always using their extraordinary powers for the good of all.

“Diane’s skill in movements, mime and voice all provided an indelible variety to her performance. Her storytelling was full of humor and rich characterizations that kept the …children grasping for more and participating to their heart’s content” The Woonsocket Call, Woonsocket, RI

Diane Edgecomb is one of America’s leading storytellers, winner of the only ORACLE award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast, the National Circle of Excellence award and five Storytelling World awards. Her beautifully articulated pieces and “embodied telling” bring the listener to the heart of the story. A featured teller on NPR and winner of a Year’s Best Performance award for her theater work in Boston, Diane’s storytelling has been seen at prestigious venues throughout the country and internationally for over twenty-five years including the National Storytelling Festival, the International Storytelling Center and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Everywhere she goes, she shares her passion about the power of story and what it can do for our world. 


Diane will be at the Library from 5-6 pm.

Golden Lane

Golden Lane will be playing at the St John;s from 5:30 to 6:15 at he Dewitt Clinton Hall. 


"Golden Lane" is a group of musicians from the SE New England area who specialize in
performing the lively dance music of Ireland (jigs, reels, etc.) in a traditional style. They also perform songs (in English and Gaelic).Come and enjoy their unique way of welcoming in the New Year. 

​The Harper and the Minstrel

The Harper and the Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels. Medieval, Renaissance, and Celtic Music sung and played on traditional Plucked, Bowed, Hammered and Woodwind instruments. More at

The Harper and the Minstrel will be at St. Johns from 7-8:00 pm


The Highland Light Pipe Band

Cape Cod's oldest pipe band playing traditional music of the Great Highland Bagpipes and Drums with over 15 members. More info at

The Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band will be performing at the Masonic Temple for 4-5:00 pm

Dan Kennedy

Whispering and Enlightened Piano Radio Pianist Dan Kennedy has performed throughout New England and across the country. Classically trained at Oberlain Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music Dan has been featured on Audiosyncracy,, Pandora, and more. He has been heard on over 250 radio stations internationally. His fourth solo album Mountains Made of Shadow, Anthems Made of Light was officially released on March 2, 2018.


  You will find Dan in the Sanctuary at First Church from 5-6:30

The King's Busketeers

A musical group that specializes in traditional Irish folk, British Isles music, and Americana. More info at

The King's Busketeers will be at the Masonic Temple from 5-6 pm

Kim Moberg

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string. A few years later, Kim taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite songs by singer/songwriters of the 1970’s, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright and wrote her first song. 


Kim's debut CD entitled "Above Ground”, celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music out of the basement. Kim's passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners while her compositions tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing and social consciousness. | ASCAP

You can catch Kim at First Church from 6:30-7:15 pm

Kareem Sanjaghi

Kareem Sanjaghi began his professional career in 2002 with his grandfather, pianist Bob Hayes, and jazz trumpeter Lou Colombo with whom he performed for 10 years. Equally adept in jazz and rock settings, Kareem has made a name for himself with his energetic drumming and impeccable time. More at

Kareem will be playing at the Dewitt Clinton Hall from 6-7.  Enjoy the show!

Nils Soderberg

Nils will be at St John's from 7-8 pm. Check in again soon when I hope to have more information about him.

Heather Swanson

Heather will be performing at First Church from 7:15-8:


Heather Sherburne Swanson is a member of The Cape Violin Cello Duo;  a member of The Suzuki Association of the Americas;  an instructor and a participant at The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts;  teaches at her Private Studio in Centerville and enjoys performing with her very talented friends and musical colleagues.

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