Pioneers of the "Folk Revival"
The Brothers Four were pioneers in the "folk revival", and of the few groups from those times still performing today, they remain one of the best known and most popular. Their all-acoustic performances consist of guitars, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and of course the trademark rich blend of their four voices. An evening with this quartet is an unforgettable time of pure, acoustic music and entertainment.
Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include "Greenfields," "Yellow Bird," "Try to Remember," and "Across the Wide Missouri." And their hit recording of "The Green Leaves of Summer" from the motion picture "The Alamo," was nominated for an Academy Award.
The current lineup includes: Mike McCoy, a veteran folk performer and singer/songwriter who has performed with The Brothers Four on special recording projects and occasional stage presentations since the late 1960s; Washington native, Karl Olsen, a folk performer, choral director and writer and arranger; Washington State's Mark Pearson, guitarist, banjo player extraordinaire and singer/songwriter who has been such a strong and consistent part of the Group's signature sound since he originally joined in the late 1960s; and Founding Member and Seattle native, Bob Flick, bass player, group leader and singer/songwriter.
Remembering Mike Kirkland
Founding Member Mike Kirkland passed away on August 20, 2020. Beginning as fraternity brothers at the University of Washington, Mike was an integral part of the first amazing performing decade of these "brothers by choice," helping to establish a sound and presence that took them all around the world during the exciting Folk Revival 60s. He will be missed. Please know you are welcome to send us your thoughts and memories about Mike, the group, the songs etc. We'd love to share them with Mike's family, friends and fans. You can send your message by email using either the form or the email address on our Contact page, or add your comment to our post at Facebook. Thank you.
From a live 1963 TV show in Belgium: "Rock Island Line"/"This Train.
Positions in video, left to right: Dick Foley, Mike Kirkland, Bob Flick, John Paine.
Above, Mike's signature performance of "Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod,"
which actually preceded the version recorded by the Simon Sisters.
New CD - The Brothers Four Renewal
The Brothers Four Renewal (2018)
Enjoy a Newly Available Live Video
The Brothers Four perform "I Hear America Singing" live in Tokyo June 7, 2014