Charlie King performing in Rock Island

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

On March 4 in Rock Island, Charlie King will present a concert marking his 50th year as a folk singer and 40th as a song writer. The Massachusetts-based artist has released more than a dozen solo albums since 1976.  The late Pete Seeger called Charlie King “One of the greatest singers and songwriters of our time.”

The Rock Island concert will be Tuesday, March 4, at 7 pm in Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St., Rock Island.  Donations of $10 per person are requested. The concert will raise funds for three local organizations which serve people in need:  Centro Maya Project (www.centromayaproject.org/), Oaks of Mamre Catholic Worker House (www.oakscatholicworker.com), and Palomares Social Justice Center (www.palomaressjc.org).

Charlie King has been inspired by the music of the civil rights movements in the U.S., the anti-war movement from the Viet Nam era to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the movements for the rights of working people and the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America.  

He has received numerous national awards during his career, and his songs have been recorded and sung by some of the leading stars of the folk genre, such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Michell and Judy Small.