Tony Marcus of Oakland, CA has played bluegrass with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield, jug band music and blues with Geoff Muldaur, fiddle tunes with the Arkansas Sheiks, string swing with Cats & Jammers, big band jazz with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, weird old Hawaiian and hokum with R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders and honky tonk country with Rose Maddox, to name a few.

Playing music has taken him from Japan to Ireland, and from Alaska to Florida in the USA. He currently plays guitar in the swing vocal duo Leftover Dreams and fiddle with the country band Crying Time.


I want to hear something that expresses a musician’s personality when they play. I’d much rather hear someone take chances and fluff a note or two than a performance that’s perfect but has had all the life rehearsed out of it. The rhythmic concept is central for me. As they say, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got…