Musician Bios

Bob Dries - Bob has been playing guitar and singing for many years. His songs cover old and new hits of rock, country, jazz and blues. Performing before one of APT's many excellent dramas is an all-time favorite gig.

Doug Brown and Maureen McCarty - Doug and Maureen have performed together since 1980. In the early years of APT, they were resident musicians playing incidental music and appearing onstage as minstrels and revelers. They both mak a living playing and teaching. Sometimes they are joined by drummer Liam McCarty.

Driftless Jimmy - Driftless Jimmy is the solo acoustic vehicle for singer-songwriter Jim Wisniewski. A veteran of the Milwaukee blues scene, Jimmy has fronted the WAMI nominated full-on electric boogie ensemble, the South End Blues Band for the last ten years, and now leads the locla blues bland, The Boilermakers. A recent Driftless Region transplant, he has been delighting listeners with his unique original music and interesting covers for the last several years.

Fiddle Earth - Sheila founded the Celtic singing group Navan. She also plays in an Irish band called Slipjig as well as The Getaway Drivers. Daithi plays Irish fiddle with the Currach, Americana with Hoot ‘n Annie, and klezmer with Yid Vicious. They both love the Carter Family and traditional Irish music.

John Vitale and Marilyn Fisher - Vocalist and percussionist, Marilyn Fisher and guitarist and vocalist, John Vitale, have performed in the Madison and Chicago areas (respectively) for the past 30 years. For the past four years they have become a weekly jazz mainstay on Tuesdays at Liliana’s in Fitchburg, where they continue to expand a regular following. Marilyn is the vocalist for Madison’s all-female big band, Ladies Must Swing, and John is a prolific soloist and plays with a variety of groups in Madison and Chicago. Both musicians are classically trained and busy private teachers. As performers, they specialize in jazz/standards, the American Songbook, the blues and some classic rock, and welcome requests from any audience member. Together and separately they have led numerous groups for concerts, club gigs, corporate functions and private parties.

KG and the Ranger - KG & The Ranger are on a mission to keep classic cowboy songs alive! "They sing with charm and style, yodel spectacularly, choose great material, and write fine new songs as well" (Ranger Doug, Riders in the Sky). Voted 2010 "Outstanding Entertainer-Duo" by the Western Music Association, and three-time harmony yodeling champions, they will take you on a magical journey back in time to the days of the Silver Screen heros like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers. KG & The Ranger will bring back memories - but also make you feel that you are hearing these songs for the first time!

Madison Recorders - A quartet from the Winds of Southern Wisconsin, the Madison chapter of the American Recorder Society, present early renaissance music on recorders and krummhorns.

Minnesota Mark - Minnesota Mark is a pop-rock-r&b-blues-folk singer-guitarist without a drummer who nevertheless ascends such heights of rhythmic intensity that his audiences do not notice the absence of the meathead pounding calfskins in the rear. He was born and raised in Marion, Ohio (a nice place to be from) which was also home to Warren G. Harding, Rod Serling, John Dean, and Gerry Mulligan, all of whom considered influences. His repertoire includes Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, The Beatles, Rodgers & Hart, Nick Lowe, The Doors, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Don McLean, The Gershwin Brothers, Little Feat, Howlin’ Wolf, The Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Bobby Dylan, Bobby Darin, Bobby Troup, Bobby Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, and Britney Spears. When Minnesota Mark hits the stage, anything can happen. (Sometimes the stage hits back.) Come see for yourself.

Nath Dresser - Nath Dresser has been writing songs and performing since 1974.  Over the last two decades he’s performed mostly in the upper Midwest in venues ranging from cafes and house concerts to the Sh*tty Barn, a summer music mecca in Spring Green. Nath’s original songs are mostly finger-picked story-songs in the folk or Americana vein; he also covers songs by songwriters from the likes of Eric Anderson to Warren Zevon.  There’s a trace of a southern accent in his baritone voice, a remnant of the three decades he spent in the Carolinas. These days he lives in Spring Green with his wife, son, and four cats.  You can learn more about him--and his work as both a singer-songwriter and photographer--at www.nathdresser.com.

Paul Bentzen and Doug Lloyd - Paul Bentzen and Doug Lloyd have been making music together for over twenty years. They play a combination of traditional and modern bluegrass, old-time country, and old string band tunes from the Southern mountains. With Paul on 5-string banjo and vocals and Doug on guitar, they strive to keep alive that fine old summer tradition of front porch pickin' and singin'.

Scott Stieber and Don Myers - Don is a two-time inductee of the Iowa Rock’n’Roll Music Association Hall of Fame (2009 and 2016). He moved to Wisconsin in 2010, then met Scott, who has graciously included Don in his (formerly) solo shows ever since.

Still Strummin’ - John Haarbauer, Dave Hopper, and Ned Hodgson make up the group Still Strummin'.  Their music is acoustic folk-rock, covering songs from the '60s and '70s.

The Firesides - The Firesides sing and play Appalachian & Midwestern instrumentals, sage cowboy songs, originals, and traditional song-gems. Meghan and Daniel, who play fiddle and guitar moved recently to Southwestern WI from the Twin Cities where they played separately in the bands, The Floorbirds and The Ditchlilies. With these past bands, they have played on numerous festival stages across the US and Europe as well as on radio programs and for private events and square dances. In addition to performances, The FIresides can also offer group style lessons in Appalachian clogging for all ages.

The High Street Revelers - The High Street Revelers are a string band from Mineral Point Wisconsin steeped in Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Blues, Rags, and Break Downs.

The McDougals - Madison based folksingers Mike and Patty McDougal will delight you with their contemporary folk songs and dynamic guitar playing.

The Westerlies - Mike Crossley, Charlene Adzima, and Bob Newton are three-quarters of a quartet called West Wind; as duos or trios, they are The Westerlies. Featuring Charlene Adzima on fiddle and vocals; Mike Crossley on flute, tenor banjo, and Irish pipes; and Bob Newton on octave mandola and mandocello. They have been playing traditional Irish music together for years.

Tom Waselchuk - Singer. Songwriter. Band leader. Producer. Tom has lead the Dang-Its (Americana) since 1998, presented Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks (a classic country music revue) since 2012, toured the US and Far East with Harmonious Wail (Gypsy swing, 2001-2011), and free-lances in many music genres: jazz, bluegrass, country, Irish, and folk music.