902 West Springfield Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Charlie King and Karen Brandow are musical storytellers and political satirists. Their repertoire covers a century and a half and four continents.
According to Victory Music Review “Two voices that complement each other beautifully & instrumentation that is spare, acoustic & just right” The year 2014 marks Charlie’s 50thyear as a performer and 40thyear as a songwriter . They sing and write passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Their central vision as entertainers is to leave audiences with a sense of optimism and possibility about the future. “We try to cover a broad emotional landscape in our concerts. The stories we collect and the songs we writer take the listener on a journey of humor, heartache and hope. What we most value in a song is the way it helps us to see an old reality in a totally new light.”
Charlie King has been at the heart of American folk music for over 40 years. His songs have been recorded and sung by other performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Chad Mitchell. Honors include and “Indie” award for one of the top three American folk recordings of 1984. Pete Seeger calls Charlie “one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time.”
Karen Brandow has been performing with Charlie King since 1998. While doing human rights work in Guatemala from 1986-1994, Karen studied voice, performance and classical guitar. She performed at political and cultural events in that country as a soloist and was a founding member of the a cappella singing group, the Non-Traditional Imports. While living in Central America, she broadened her repertoire to include Latin American music of the “Nueva Canción” or New Song Movement. She performs songs in English and Spanish.