About The Brothers Four
Now in their 60th year of performing and recording, The Brothers Four continue to delight millions of fans worldwide with their smooth, musical sounds. Folk songs from America, Ireland, Scotland, Africa, Japan and China round out a repertoire of acoustic tunes old and new.
Since the early 1960s The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, sung for U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and toured dozens of foreign countries. They are truly "America's Musical Ambassadors to the World."
Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as "Greenfields", "Seven Daffodils", "Try to Remember", "Across the Wide Missouri" Their hit recording of "The Green Leaves of Summer" from the motion picture "The Alamo" was nominated for an Academy Award and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the network telecast.
The Brothers Four were global pioneers in the musical movement which came to be known as 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 presentation consists of guitars, banjo, 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.
The full-time lineup of The Brothers Four — as solid as ever — includes Mike McCoy, Karl Olsen, Mark Pearson and Bob Flick.
Mike McCoy is a veteran folk performer and singer/songwriter. He is a native of Washington State has performed with The Brothers Four on special recording projects and occasional stage presentations since the late 1960s. He joined the Brothers Four full time in 2004.
Washington native Karl Olsen is a folk performer, choral director, writer and arranger. Karl is the latest addition to the group having joined in 2008, blending his sparkling vocal and guitar skills smoothly into the sound of The Brothers Four.
Washington State's Mark Pearson is a guitarist, banjo player extraordinaire and singer/songwriter who has been a strong and consistent part of the Group's signature sound since he originally joined in the late 1960's.
Bob Flick is a Founding Member of the Brothers Four. He is a Seattle native, bass player, group leader and singer/songwriter.
The Brothers Four Configurations
1957-1969 Bob Flick, John Paine, Mike Kirkland, Dick Foley
1969-1971 Bob Flick, John Paine, Mark Pearson, Dick Foley
1971-1972 Bob Flick, John Paine, Bob Haworth, Dick Foley
1972-1974 Tom Coe, John Paine, Bob Haworth, Dick Foley
1975-1985* Bob Flick, John Paine, Bob Haworth, Dick Foley
1985-1991 Bob Flick, John Paine, Mark Pearson, Dick Foley
1991-2004 Bob Flick, John Paine, Mark Pearson, Terry Lauber
2004-2008 Bob Flick, John Hylton, Mark Pearson, Mike McCoy
2008-today** Bob Flick, Mark Pearson, Mike McCoy, Karl Olsen
*Summer of 1979: Flick, Pearson, Haworth, Foley (Mark Pearson filled in for John Paine during the "Lady 80's" nation-wide Tour of Japan)
**July 2018, 4 shows 3 venues: Flick, Paine, McCoy, Olsen (Paine filled in for Pearson).
** November 2019, 4 shows 4 venues: Flick, Pearson, McCoy, Paine (Paine filled in for Olsen).
The Brothers Four Over Time
Mike Kirkland (Founding member) 1957-1968
Dick Foley (Founding member) 1957-1991
John Paine (Founding member) 1957-2004
Bob Flick (Founding member) 1957-1972, 1975-
Mark Pearson 1969-1971,1985-
Bob Haworth 1971-1989
Tom Coe 1972-1974
Terry Lauber 1991-2004
Mike McCoy 2004-
John Hylton 2004-2008
Karl Olsen 2008-