Biographies of Performers


Friday, Performance Tent

Drum Circle:

Falmouth Academy Jazz Band: This student band plays and improvises  all styles of jazz including blues, swing, rag, rock and even pop. 

The Bart Weisman Group: The Bart Weisman Smooth Jazz Group performs a blend of Jazz, Latin, Pop, Funk, Fusion, Blues and Rockacross Cape Cod for events, concerts, and nightclubs. With Steve Hambleton on guitar, Rich Hill on Bass (best known as the bass player for the George Gritzbach Blues Band), and Bart Weisman on drums.

Tish Adams: She offers fresh interpretations, yet sets a sentimental mood - a passionate tribute to rich Jazz tradition. Her show is seasoned with long-forgotten gems, obscure treasures and a dash of the Blues. She can burn an up-tempo swinger or melt the audience with her sensitive reading of a slow, smoky ballad. Fans compare her to the "great ladies of Jazz." Musicians call her "a natural."


Saturday, Performance Tent

Belleweather Ensemble: Women’s a cappella group.

Cape Cod Sax Quartet: Features Berke McKelvey on soprano sax, Maurice Soque on alto sax, Ryder Corey on tenor sax, and Nicholas Suchecki on baritone sax. The quartet plays a wide variety of music, including jazz, classical, and popular music on four different types of saxophones and members talk about the saxophone, its roles in different musical settings, the various parts of the instrument, and the more unusual types of saxophones.

Falmouth Theatre Guild: Community Theatre at its best

Khadija and Troupe Isis: Khadija is an adjunct professor of Middle Eastern Dance and Culture and Arabic Language and director of Troupe Isis.  Some of Khadija's many productions are 'Evening in Egypt', in Hyannis, 'Transformations', a twice-weekly local TV show, and the annual Multicutural Fair at Cape Cod Community College since 2000.

Turning Pointe Dance Studio: Turning Pointe Dance Studio aims to be a source of inspiration for those who want to make the arts, especially dance, a continued part of their lives

Puffy Elvis: 11 piece band playing Blues, Funk, and Classic Rock. Puffy Elvis showcases the musical skills of teachers, guidance counselors and occasional guest performers.

Friends of Broadway: A musical revue of girls who travel all over the country singing and dancing!

Sons of Beaches: Rock band, featuring David Warren.

Heartbreaker: Rock band

Saturday, Music Tent

 WhirlyGigs: Mr. Whirly is a one-man band performing hand-clapping, toe-tapping tunes for the whole family. His rootsy, bluesy original songs are infused with comedy, poignancy, and spirit.

T.M. Murphy: Local children’s writer and teacher T.M. Murphy will give a lesson in suspense writing for kids ages 9 and way up.

Connor Anderson: singer/songwriter

Lisa Esperson and Universal Sound: Percussion ensemble

Amy Larkin and Friends: Fiddler Amy Larkin and her band play spice Cajun, Celtic, and traditional Appalachian tunes and driving contradance music.

Haywired: Country rock band playing Texas, rollicking red dirt, and modern country rock music. Features Ryan Benoit on vocals and guitar, Randy Frost, lead guitar and vocals, Tim White, bass and vocals, and Steve Andreasson on drums. Their sound is influences by Reckless Kelly, Kip Moore, Micky and the Motorcars, Randy Houser, Jason Boland, and the Casey Donahew Band.

Open Mic: Poets, storytellers, singers, musicians, and other entertainers of all ages are invited to perform. Sign up a few minutes before the show.

The Most: Classic rock band playing tunes from early rock and roll to jazz standards, featuring drummer Lewis `Binky` Anderson.

Needle Beach: Old-fashioned “loud and dirty” rock and roll band with Brian Youmans, vocals and guitar; Sam Houghton, bass guitar; Stew DesMeules, guitar; and Ryan Bray, drums. They play original tunes inspired by bands like the Rolling Stones, the Black Angels, and Velvet Underground.

Just Like That: Party rock and roll dance band that covers pop, funk, country, alternative, blues, and classic rock. Amy Marie, lead vocals; Glenn Davis, guitar; Mike Santos, keyboard; Mike Guerrier, bass guitar; Janie MacAuslan, drums.


Saturday, Library Tent

 Figure Drawing Demo: Using a live model, the Falmouth Artists Guild’s “Friday Figure Class” will do a demonstration of how to draw the figure from life.

Lee Drescher: As Mrs. Treasure, Lee Drescher will read a children’s book, sing songs and play guitar, encouraging children to actively participate in games, singing, and dancing.

 Doug Rugh, Portrait Demo: The portrait sketch is not a snapshot but captures the character of the sitter while revealing the brush of the artist. Local artist Doug Rugh, Copley Master, will paint from the live model with the "alla prima" (all-at-once) method which requires the artist to capture just the essentials of a likeness. Questions are welcome. Suitable for non-artists.

Doug Rugh and artist Hillary Osborn can be found at the easel in their fine art studio and gallery at 114 Palmer Avenue, Queens Buyway in Falmouth. Together the couple has over 50 years of experience in the visual arts. Rugh accepts portrait commissions. More info at

Matt Borrello: An award-winning singer/songwriter who writes from personal experience and draws his inspiration from folk, country, blues, and rock music, Matt Borrello is known for his insightful lyrics and passionate performances.

Rob Parks: Singer/songwriter

Woods Hole Theater Company: Actors from the Woods Hole Theater Company will perform musical numbers from “Godspell” and other musical comedy productions.

Richard O'Connor: Richard O’Connor plays 12-string guitar, mandolin, and guitar and will perform folk-rock from the 60s to the 90s, as well as original songs.

Smooch Paywell: Blues band performing Chicago blues from the 50s and 60s on harmonica, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals.

Paradise Rock: Classic rock and rocking original music with some bluesy funk. Members include Craigo Carlson, Justin Sawyer, Nate Chu, Randy Gummow, and Eric Hayden.


Sunday, Performance Tent

Cat’s Melodeon: Cat’s Melodeon, led by Bill Black, performs Irish traditional music on fiddle, flute, recorder, accordion, banjo, guitar, uilleann pipes, and bodhrán, a goat-skin frame drum. The group’s name comes from a local expression in Ireland’s County Mayo and refers (among other things) to an informal get-together for enjoyable purposes.

Falmouth Fiddlers: Led by Jim Boyce, the Falmouth Fiddlers play and sing old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic tunes on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, tin whistle, bodhran, cello, and string bass.

Cape Cod Conservatory Jazz Ensemble: Directed by Ty Newcomb, the ensemble has a swinging big band sound and performs throughout the Cape.

Traditional Music Open Session: All invited to bring their fiddles, mandolins, banjos, voices, and guitars for an open session of old-time, Celtic, and other traditional fiddle and folk music. Or sit back and listen.

Yesterday’s Country: Yesterdays Country Band plays the hit country tunes from the 40s through the 70s. Band members include Paul Fata on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jack Meserve on vocals and lead guitar, Bill Kiesewetter on keyboards, Ben Carnevale  on pedal steel and electric guitar, and Harry Baum on fretless bass guitar.

The Coteries: A New Jersey-based acoustic Americana trio playing roots, folk, and blues on guitar, mandolin, and banjo, with vocals. Led by Massachusetts native Emily Parasiliti, the band is currently touring New England.


Sunday, Music Tent

 Mark Borgman and Friends: Classic jazz quartet with vocalist Liz Saunders, Frank Barberio on sax, Rich Cain on bass, Michael Gross on drums, and Mark Borgmann on piano.

 The Familiars: Manny and Linda Dias are The Familiars of Cape Cod. They sing and play folk, fiddle, country, Irish and popular music from the 1950s, ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and more. Manny, who has been active in the Upper Cape folk music scene for more than 20 years, plays guitar, and Linda plays fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and Irish whistles in a variety of musical styles.

Jacob Haller: Jacob Haller is a Providence-based musician whose eclectic original songs cover topics ranging from robots to knitting to substance abuse to kittens and resulted in him getting nominated for best singer/songwriter in 2010 in the Providence Phoenix. He has been described as doing music as though he were “the secret love-child of Warren Zevon and Burl Ives." His fifth and most recent album is “Cabin Fever.”

 Grace Morrison: Singer/songwriter Grace Morrison incorporates influences from many sources into her music: from country and pop to traditional Celtic music. Her songs tell stories—of Renaissance women, the “Titanic,” and World War II, among other subjects, making history come alive—as well as her own personal experiences. 

 Hillary Osborn, Still Live Demo: The French call the still life 'nature morte' or 'dead nature' but local artist Hillary Osborn will discuss how she brings life to objects as she paints a composition on a canvas. Questions are welcomed. Suitable for all ages.

Hillary Osborn and artist Doug Rugh can be found at the easel in their fine art studio and gallery at 114 Palmer Avenue, Queens Buyway in Falmouth. Together the couple has over 50 years of experience in the visual arts. More info at

Vic Solo: Vic Solo performs as Elvis Presley.

Sunday, Library Tent

 Sonnay Fiddlers: The Sonnay Fiddlers play traditional and international fiddle tunes. The group is made up of accomplished students of Nikki Engstrom, an award-winning fiddler and a member of the Celtic duo Stanley and Grimm. The fiddlers range in age from young children to older adults and have a large repertoire of Celtic tunes.

Waldorf Art of Ropemaking: Caroline Hopewell demonstrates the classic art of ropemaking

FCTV Youth Producers: Teenage producers from Falmouth Community Television (FCTV, Channel 13), under the direction of Allen Russell, demonstrate how to create a television show.

Eric Treehouse: Singer/songwriter

Ej Mills Brennan: Ej Mills Brennan plays solo Native American flute and early classical guitar.




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