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Performers & Venues

Atwater and Donnelly

Every performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting educational with the award winning duo Atwater-Donnelly, who provide a unique thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with song and poetry.

The Highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with and astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberhjacks feet and more.  4:00-5:30 St. Johns

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

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 Mason Hall from 5-6:00 and then from 7-8:00 

Dan Kennedy

Whispering and Enlightened Piano Radio Pianist Dan Kennedy has performed throughout New England and across the country. Classically trained at Oberlin 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

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 at First Church downstairs from 3-4pm.


Your heart will be warmed by this chilly tale!

The Dramafun Players proudly present select songs and scenes from their December 14th & 15th production of Frozen Jr!
Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

​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. 

Golden Lane

 "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).
The group's performances are always "family-friendly" and interaction with the
audience (e.g. questions about the music or the instruments, kids dancing, clapping/foot-tapping)
is welcome 

Golden Lane will be performing at the Sandwich Library from 7-8pm

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. 

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

​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. 

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 Library from 6-7

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

Queen Victoria's Secret

Instrumental songs from the English countryside of the 19th and early 20th centuries, performed in turn-of-the-century costumes and on period instruments.

Queen Victoria's Secret will play from 5:30-6:15 pm at St. Johns's in the Sanctuary.

Sandwich Town Band

Normally they entertain us at the bandstand on Summer Nights; this year they will grace us with a performance at Town Hall from 4-5


Rumble Wagon

Drawing on decades of experience with soulful vocals of Leslie Gage backed up by Steve McElheny and Greg Polanik. The trio creates their own exciting and intimate brand of country music, seasoned with a touch of rock, blues and jazz. 7-8:00 at St John's.

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!

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.

Mark Kohler Arts

Based in Rhode Island Mark and Fran will be on hand for face painting and story telling. You will find them downstairs  at St. John's from 4:00 to 8:00

Nils Soderberg

Nils will be at Town Hall from 5:50-6:30


Nils is a local guitarist, singer and songwriter with his roots in Americana, Blues, and Traditional country. He plays in several local ensembles as well as own his own. His lively renditions of old standards will leave a smile on you face and a spring in your step.

Heather Swanson

Heather will be performing at First Church from 7:15-8:00


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.

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 6:30-8:00 pm

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.

.You will find John at Mason's Hall from 3-4

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 the Glass Museum 5-6pm.

Morgan Rattler

Take a trip to the past with Morgan Rattler, offering the music and song from the 17th-

20th century. The group play a variety of American, Irish, English and French seafaring music.


Morgan Rattler will be at St. John's from 6:15-7:00

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