Covid kept music at bay at most of the Cape’s farmers markets last year. But this summer, guitars, fiddles, drums, and ukuleles — along with their beloved performers — were back in full force, bringing joy to marketgoers and farmers.
When Ken Silvia stood at the microphone at a recent Orleans Farmers Market, it was the first time he had performed live in nearly a year and a half. “The response was so warm and welcoming,” he said. “I barely took a break in four hours.” Chris Murphy, who sells his produce in Truro and Wellfleet, was so moved that he abandoned his stand to join Harriet Jerusha Korim and the Beat Greens in a rousing cover of the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.”
Truro farmer Chris Murphy joins Rebecca Tesha Arnoldi (left) and Harriet Jerusha Korim, earning a round of applause from Wellfleet marketgoers.
Singer-songwriter Shannon Davis performs her originals at the Wellfleet Farmers Market.
Accompanied by Doug Stetson on guitar, Rick Buckley does a mean cover of the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof” at a recent Orleans market.
Denya LeVine has brought her lively fiddling and love of multicultural songs to Wellfleet multiple times this summer.
Harrison “Not Ford” Gruman tunes his guitar before a two-hour set at the Truro Farmers’ Market.
Ken Silvia played his first live performance in 16 months at a recent Orleans Farmers Market.
Rick Arnoldi of the Beat Greens serenades Wellfleet marketgoers with folk and country classics.