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For over 25 years, award winning songwriter Charlie Mosbrook has been dedicated to the performance, presentation, and preservation of original and traditional folk music. His rich baritone voice and noteworthy guitar work highlight his performances.

A native and resident of Northeast Ohio, Charlie began his career as a busker, performing familiar and original folk songs on street corners and subway platforms throughout the eastern US. After returning to Cleveland, he began hosting open mics at area coffee shops and performing regularly throughout the great lakes region. Today he travels the country sharing his and many of the songs that have shaped our collective musical history. His recordings have found voice throughout the world on internet and terrestrial radio. As an advocate of folk music, Charlie serves as president of Folknet (Northeast Ohio’s Folk Music Society) and as vice president of FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest). In addition to his responsibilities to the greater folk music community, he continues to host a local open mic, supporting his belief that the music needs fertile grounds for continued growth.

In the early 1990’s Charlie found some success with his band The Electric Monkey, but ultimately wanted to pursue folk music in more traditional forms. His focus landed him an appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum during its weeklong conference, “Hard Traveling: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie”. His performance was later noted in a book of the same title by Robert Santelli (R&R HOF, Grammy Foundation, Guthrie Archives).  In 2018 Charlie's song "Remember Who We Are" was selected as the 2nd place winner of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival songwriting contest. 

He has performed on the same bill as CSN, Jewel, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Chris Whitley, Dan Bern and many others. Bio Charlie

In early 2010, Charlie suffered a spinal cord injury, limiting his mobility significantly. The injury forced him to adapt as a guitarist. This need to reinvent his technique led to a burst of creativity resulting in five new CDs. The new music has received acclaim, including spotlights from FolkAlley.com, No Depression, WFMT’s Midnight Special, and many other outlets.  In 2011, Charlie was voted Best Singer-Songwriter in Scene Magazine's Best of Cleveland edition.

Though he primarily uses a wheelchair, he is not limited in his abilities to spread his musical message. He often travels alone throughout the country, performing his music faithfully to audiences near and far. No stage is too big or tall. As the message of many of his songs suggest, Charlie rises to challenges great and small. Once a month he performs for the patients at MetroHealth Cleveland’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit, where he was treated, sharing his experience and message of strength and hope.

In service to the folk music community:
  • Folknet (Northeast Ohio's Folk music organization)- President 
  • FARM (Folk Alliance Region Midwest)- Vice president
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Notable Venues:
  • Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
  • Two Way Street Coffeehouse- Downers Grove, IL
  • Cain Park- Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Music Box Supper Club- Cleveland, OH
  • Hessler Street Fair- Cleveland, Ohio
  • Uncommon Ground- Chicago Il
  • The Ark- Ann Arbor, MI
  • Kent State May 4th Commemoration
  • On The Tracks Songwriter Showcase- Chelsea MI
  • Last Minute Folk Concert Series- Topeka, KS
  • G.A.R. Hall- Peninsula, OH
  • Milwaukee Public Library- Milwaukee, OR
  • Crazy Wisdom Books and Tea Room- Ann Arbor, MI
  • Leo's Coffeehouse- Cinncinati, OH
  • Emporia Public Library- Emporia, KS
  • Awendaw Green- Charleston, SC
  • Cuyahoga River Concerts- Kent, OH
  • John Hartford Memorial Folk Festival- Bean Blossom, IN
  • Nighttown- Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum- Cleveland, OH
  • Performed with: CSN, Jewel, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche,  Richard Shindell, Chris Whitley, Jefferson Starship, Danny Schmidt, Dan Weber, The Samples, Dan Bern, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Darrell Scott, Jason White, Magpie, Neil Jacobs, and many others.
Career Highlights:
  • 2nd place  2018 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival songwriting contest for "Remember Who We Are"
  • 2015 FARMette Official Showcase Artist
  • FARM  FolkDJ Showcase artist
  • Top 70 (55) Most played Folk Album February 2015 Folkradio.org
  • Feature Artist of the month folkalley.com November 2013
  • CD of the Week WFMT's The Midnight Special May 25 2013, Chosen by Rich Warren
  • Featured Song (Up Among the Stars) on No Depression
  • 2011 Cleveland Scene Magazine readers poll winner. "Best singer/songwriter"
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: Chosen by Robert Santelli to perform at the  during the American Masters series, Hard Travelin' The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie.
Film Credits:
  • Feed My Soul- Growthbusters, 
  • Walk Tonight- The Discussion
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