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Release: Feb. 28, 2002

Award-winning folk duo to perform at Iowa City fundraiser

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Folk duo Charlie King and Karen Brandow will perform in Iowa City on Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation Auditorium,120 N. Dubuque St. Proceeds go to the Iraq Water Project <> , an organization coordinated by Veterans for Peace, which works to rebuild water treatment plants destroyed in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.

Charlie King, described by Pete Seeger as "One of the finest singers and songwriters of our time," has been writing, touring and performing for more than 35 years. As a duo, King and Brandow blend an unwavering sense of both justice and humor in a repertoire that is rooted in American folk and topical song, and enriched by Latin American, Irish, and classical traditions. Their newest Appleseed Recording, I STRUCK GOLD, won rave reviews: "lively and engaging," says All Music Guide; "two voices that complement each other beautifully and instrumentation that is spare, acoustic and just right," in Victory Music Review.

King has performed throughout the country, including locally in the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Iowa City, and on KUNI radio Live from Studio One. Honors include an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984 and the 1998 War Resisters League Peacemaker Award. He has released a dozen solo albums, three with Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilations with other artists.

Karen Brandow has been performing with Charlie King since 1998. Prior to that, she was a member of the Amandla Community Chorus, and studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory of Music in Guatemala, where she was involved in human rights work from 1986-1994. Her repertoire draws from Latin American Nueva Cancion or "New Song," and she has performed frequently as a soloist and as a founding member of the a cappella group Non-Traditional Imports.

The fundraiser is organized by Iowans for Peace with Iraq, a group of students and community members working to raise public awareness about the ongoing human tragedy unfolding in Iraq since 1990, to prevent expansion of the current war on terrorism to Iraq and to lift immediately economic sanctions. According to UN estimates, economic sanctions are responsible for the death of over a million Iraqis, mostly children.

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Additional donations to the Iraq Water Project can be sent to Iowans for Peace with Iraq, Student Activities Center, IMU, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.Tickets for the concert are $8 advance, $10 at door, student tickets$8, and are available at: Prairie Lights Bookstore, Sal's Music Emporium or by calling 688-9508. Childcare can be arranged by calling in advance.

Cosponsors include Wesley Foundation, Lutheran Campus Ministry, American Muslim Association, General Union of Palestine Students, Iowa Women Initiating Social Change, and other campus and community organizations.