Strike The Bell - Biography
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"It's rare to find performers who can juxtapose the salty history of the sea with fine musicianship. No one brings that history to life better than Strike the Bell..." says Doug Shaw of the LI Maritime Museum.

Nancy Solomon of Long Island Traditions writes, "Strike the Bell is a treasure to behold. The duo of Stuart Markus and Judith Zweiman recall the exhilarating experiences of sailors and other sea salts...

Stuart Markus and Judith Zweiman's musical talent and passion for the subject make for an exciting program and is appropriate for young and old alike." Listed in Newsday among "Long Island Music's Best", Markus & Zweiman met during the heyday of Long Island's burgeoning acoustic music scene in 1997. The songwriter-musicians discovered they shared a mutual love of vocal harmony and began performing together in venues ranging from clubs and colleges, nursing homes and senior centers, to libraries, parks, and museums throughout the NY metropolitan area.

Stu and Judith
Stuart Markus          Judith Zweiman
Photograph By Robert Berkowitz
A lifelong small boat sailor, singer-songwriter and guitarist Stuart Markus made his first voyage on a tall ship in July of 1992, as a trainee on the Bridgeport, CT. based HMS Rose, a replica of a 1757 British frigate. He returned the following year, and subsequently became a student of tall ship history, learning not only the ropes but the way of life lived during the golden age of sail. His love of sea chanties has grown out of his love of sailing. Stuart's knowledge of tall ships gives him a rare perspective and an ability to teach about sailing life in addition to singing the songs. The Rochester, NY native has made Long Island his home. Good Times Magazine writes, "Markus has a gentle, clean voice and his writing shows a good sense of his place in the world. This is an artist that everyone should check out live." His 1996 CD release, "Not the Only One Who Feels This Way" has gotten college and commercial radio play across the eastern U.S. and his second CD, "The View from the Side of the Road," is available through Stuart's website (StuartMarkus.com) or through CD Baby. Contact Stuart Markus at (516) 593-1427 or StuMarkus1@AOL.com.
According to her mom, singer-songwriter-musician Judith Zweiman sang along with chanties before she could talk. A songwriter and guitarist since 1967, by the mid '70's she was on faculty with The Guitar Workshop of Roslyn Heights, while studying traditional folk music with Jeff Warner and Jeff Davis, as well as classical guitar, jazz, country blues, songwriting and contemporary folk music with other Guitar Workshop luminaries. In the '80's she was a recipient of a Meet the Composer awards grant and recorded numerous times for Fast Folk Musical Magazine (now Smithsonian-Fast Folk). She has performed and recorded with a diverse number of groups as well as with a host of singer-songwriters, and was featured in several of the Fast Folk Revues at the Bottom Line in NYC. "[Judith Zweiman] makes her carefully constructed, heartfelt songs a top priority," says Long Island Update. "...A first-rate professional, whose solid songs are enhanced by her tender/strong vocals and skillet-hot guitar wizardry,." writes the Long Island Voice. Her 1999 solo CD release, "Look at the Moon" is available through Sonic Underground.Com. and she is featured on the Christine Lavin tribute, "Big League Babe, Pt. 1" on 1-800 Prime CD. Contact Judith Zweiman at (718) 707-1566 or JZweiman@aol.com

STRIKE THE BELL's CD, "Betwixt Wind and Water" has received airplay on folk stations WETA, Washington, DC and WFDU Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is available through this web site. soon.