Bruce Markow
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Bruce Markow

Brooklyn, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000

Brooklyn, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2000
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"KUDOS from Fans, Peers, Press, Promotors & Venues"


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"Eloquent, sensitive and full of heart." - Barbara Dean (WBCR-LP 97.7 FM, Gt. Barrington, MA)

"An amazing stage presence... songs that are so much fun!!" - Jonathan Skurnik (filmmaker)

"Riveting and filled with energy... world-class... He’s a true Renaissance Man." - Denise Jordan-Finley (singer/songwriter)

"Hot! Amazingly tasty!" - Vance Gilbert (renowned singer/songwriter)

“Infectious, irresistible, memorable and tons of fun” - Mitch Teplitsky (documentary filmmaker)

"An inspiring, life-affirming song with a lovely melody and rhythm. . . challenging yet inviting. . . emotionally moving" - Fred Arcoleo (teacher, singer/songwriter)

"There’s such a quality of generosity in your songs, your music, your stage presence. It's as if you're giving the audience a gift -- a chance to simply remember -- to feel -- the goodness of what it means to be a human being, which we so much need in these troubled times. It's a healing experience." - Stuart Garber (holistic practitioner)

"Bruce is the complete package: master of melody, lyrics, vocal and guitar chops to the max and energy to burn! Most importantly, Bruce and his music are one: He is honest and sings from his soul... If you haven't bought his four-song cd, buy it a.s.a.p... I can't stop listening." - Melissa Holland (teacher, singer/songwriter)

"Played your CD over and over all the way home to PA. WOW! I loved every song. I laughed, cried, and bopped along the highway. Thanks so much!" - Annie Mascelli (educator, entrepreneur)

"Your songs are literate, thought-provoking, witty and wise. (Also, I don't know of another folk-blues guitarist that is brave enough to actually delve into the creation of 'rap-songs' with the same flare that you do)... Your expertise on guitar blends the various 'hooks' of folk/blues/jazz and rock into a form of music that becomes it's own beautiful 'beast'. Great songs! Great show! Your new fan, Chris" - Chris Lang (singer/songwriter)

"A huge amount of fun... a joyful musicality" - Tom Weiser (performer)

"Bruce Markow and his smokin' band tore it up at the People's Voice Café on Saturday night before an enthusiastic audience... The wonderful Kim and Reggie Harris provided a great opening set with their great mix of spirituals, civil rights songs and thoughtful, musical original compositions that got everyone right into singing along. Bruce and co. kept right up with the high standard the Harrises set with a tight set of originals by Bruce that got the mind thinking and the toes tapping. It was great to go "Whoa! Whoa!" along with the "Mango" song one more time. Generally, the evening was a reaffirmation that good socially conscious words are being wedded to good, effective music in these troubled times." - Toby Fagenson (singer/songwriter)

"...poetry in motion... truly a gifted writer" - Patricia Sill (designer, coach)

"You are a beautiful, beautiful writer... You have such a unique voice... pure poetry and so filled with love. I am transported by the tapestry of your words." - Beth Davis (hand analyst, coach)

"...good, strong musicianship. Bruce Markow’s technical mastery of his instruments adds a searing world music aspect..." - John Pietaro (concert promoter, musician, union organizer)

"A virtuoso" - Sally Campbell (Peoples' Voice Cafe, NYC)

"A dose of charisma and positive energy!... I found your music particularly positive and look forward to hearing it again and also sharing it." - Kathy Moran (concert promoter, NY, CT)

"We want a BIG event... I liked your vibe so much, I thought you'd be good for this." - Sander Hicks (owner and chief instigator, Vox Pop [cafe], Brooklyn, NY)

"Carefully crafted true-life songs performed with heart and soul." - James Reams (bluegrass musician/concert promoter, Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor, Brooklyn, NY)

"You have a gentle quality, a calm, that makes me feel connected, gives me the effect of connecting to the universe. Your concerts are so fun... I love the fun experience of the singalongs, hopping on the train with the mangos. I get such a joyfulness and deepness. You’re very musical and I feel the joy of the music that moves through you. This may sound simple, but what I want to say is: It makes me feel good." - Jane Babits (singer/songwriter/guitarist)

"Besides being a skilled singer/songwriter, Bruce is an outstanding and versatile musician. The lyrics he writes can be witty, humorous, sincere, wistful. Whether it's a song expressing his frustration and anger about a political situation, a hopeful song about the good in people, or a spirited song whereby he shares with us his delight in one of life's simple pleasures -- MANGOES -- at the end of a Bruce Markow concert I feel uplifted because, despite human foibles and imperfections, Bruce retains his faith in humankind. He feels quite strongly (and, perhaps, a bit idealistically--but, I'm with him!) that love, in its many forms, will triumph, and ultimately allow us to live meaningful lives. I also enjoy the audience participation aspect of a Bruce concert." - Glenda Garrick

"...and you know exactly what NOT to play. After hearing you, I have to go home and work that out myself." - Vance Gilbert (renowned performing singer/songwriter)

"Loved the mandolin!" - SONiA (of disappear fear):

"Fine singing" - Paul Winter (internationally renouned performing/recording artist)

“Bruce Markow set the crowd alight.” - Phil Viner (award winning director and educator, Brighton, England)

“With Bruce’s music, how could we fail?” - Ben Silver (performing singer/songwriter and occasional musical collaborator)

"A mix of spirit, humor and play" - Helen Hiebert (renowned paper artisan)

"...Bruce Markow came to The New Moon Coffee House [now the Echo Lake Coffeehouse] in Leverett, MA at a time when I needed inspiration and turned a tiny New England town into a hot spot and made a small audience feel and sound like a crowd. I decided to come to the gig to be inspired, and that was a wise decision... [He's] written and arranged tunes and words that made a desperate era seem to have potential. Via outstanding lyrics, tunes and arrangements that had us rocking, swaying, and singing along, Bruce made us feel at home, and made me long for his next gig in the Pioneer Valley." - Bob Blue (singer/songwriter, writer, educator)

"The world needs to hear this music." - John Rajpal (teacher)


Find out for yourself what sparked such pleasure and enthusiasm about Bruce's music:

• Enjoy the "Bruce Experience" live at shows
• Book Bruce for a performance at a venue, a house concert or a special event
• Purchase his CDs

Thank you - and please help spread the word far and wide, online and face-to-face.



• (The Lure of Love's Call – working title), full length CD (forthcoming)
Demolicious4, "amazingly tasty," four song demo CD-EP 
           "I can't stop listening." 
            Available at
Mango - CD single #001A 
           "It's such a feel good song!" 
            Available at


True Blue (Tribute to Bob Blue), "Back in the One's Place", "Poem on a Napkin" - all instruments, voices and production


A Few More Miles to Go, Anne Price - mandolin, guitar, voice
Smaller Things, Glen Roethel - mandolin
"Where Women Rule" (CD single), Bev Grant - slide guitar, mix consultation
The Parody Man, Toby Fagenson - voice on "Slowing Down to Lethargy"
I've Been Up On the Mountain, Steve Suffet - mandolin on "Banks of the Ohio" and "John Hardy"
The Power of Song, The Brooklyn Women's Chorus - acoustic/electric guitars, mandolin, mandola; choral and 'cello arrangement on "Bread and Roses"
High on You, Samahria Lyte - guitars & guitar arrangements
Earthbeat, the Paul Winter Consort - voice – GRAMMY NOMINEE
Pete, Pete Seeger - voice – GRAMMY WINNER
The Choice, Linda Worster - mandolin
Dancing in the Fire, Robert Lee Camp - mandola, keyboard, composition on "Farewell"
(title?), Pete Smith - guitar and mandolin


Soy Andina - "Estamos Muy Contentos", all voices, guitars, mandolin, mandola, flutes, bass, percussion, keyboard, production, co-composition
Kripalu Center, Health for Life - "Treasures", guitar, voice, composition
Basketball the Dave Cowens Way - guitars, bass, mandola, fiddle, banjo, composition, arrangements
How to Buy a Used Car - guitars, bass, mandola, fiddle, voice, composition, arrangements, sound engineering


(YouTube broadcast), GatheringTime – "Prayer for Peace (1 Love)" by Bruce Markow, [video:]
Cheeky Woman, Bev Grant & the Dissident Daughters – "In America" by Bev Grant & Bruce Markow, [video of Bev Grant with a chorus]



Bruce Markow’s Folk’n’Roll delivers lyrical melodies and a poetic, uplifting message in a soul-gratifying garden of smart and evocative songs. 

Multi-instrumental prowess, steeped in traditional folk, '60s/'70s pop, gypsy swing, JS Bach and Afro-Brazilia, and an expressive voice fans and peers liken to Van Morrison's, James Taylor's and Todd Rundgren's, inspire audiences to sing along and leave singing. Bruce's chops spice his “Demolicious4” and “Mango” solo CDs and his performances and recordings with Paul Winter, Pete Seeger and others.

Bruce’s songs deftly explore the wonders and woes of growing more fully alive. He conveys both the deep human capacity for joy and our hunger for a world of greater peace, truth and love.

Visit now, and the next concert near you, to experience why singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert lauds Bruce's music as "Hot! Amazingly tasty!" and filmmaker Mitch Teplitsky calls it "infectious, irresistible, memorable and tons of fun."

Press: For a 4”x5” 200 dpi color photo, visit

(Look for more biographical material to appear here in the future.)