Join us for a swashbuckling afternoon of Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music with Stuart Markus.
A lover of history and all things maritime, Stuart is half of the sea chantey duo The Royal Yard with singer-songstress Robin Greenstein. A lifelong small boat sailor, he made his first voyage on a tall ship in OpSail ’92 as a trainee on the HMS Rose – a replica of a 1757 British frigate (which appeared as Russell Crowe’s ship in the movie Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World). He is also a former volunteer at South Street Seaport Museum, where he was part of the volunteer crew that rigged and sailed the RMS Wavertree in OpSail 2000, for the first time since being wrecked in 1910.
Well known in Long Island, NYC and Connecticut chantey circles, Stuart’s original maritime ballad “Gloucester Ladies” won first place in the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival songwriting contest in September, 2020 and his civil rights-themed chantey “When Black Hands Saved Me from the Blue” was first runner-up the following year. His classical training notwithstanding, Stuart found himself gravitating towards modern folk music out of a love of acoustic guitars and deep, honest songwriting; his love of sea chanteys grew out of his love of tall ships and combine his love of music and history.
Afternoon T.E.A. is a free program for seniors featuring live entertainment, lectures, classic films and more!
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