Karen Underwood - The music of Nina Simone

Singer, writer, storyteller, and public speaker Karen Underwood, who resides in Cork, returns to Mermaid with The Music of Nina Simone. The evening will include stories about her life in Chicago and her transition to Ireland in 1997. She will be accompanied by renowned pianist, Gary Beecher.

Karen has performed at The Cork Opera House, The Everyman, The Olympia, The Gate, Vicar Street, The Blackbox, The National Concert Hall and Marley Park and countless other venues in Ireland.

Karen has produced several shows.

Singing Nina
, the music of Nina Simone

The Story of Soul,
the journey of soul music in America

Of Ladies Lost and Found
, the stories of divas that left us too soon and women that inspire her today

the stories of her childhood and later becoming a mother

Soul in the City
, An annual festival each year since 2014 which she produces highlighting soul music

The Black American songbook
, Karen’s interpretation of Black American music from the underground railroad to Cork

In October 2023 Karen sold out 5 shows for the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival.