carmel charlton
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carmel charlton

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 1988 | INDIE | AFM

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 1988
Solo Folk Christian




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Carmel's has recorded 7 albums and her songs are often featured on radio stations around Australia. Her songs for children are widely used in schools to promote the value of water and care for the environment. CD's include 'Christmas in Australia', 'Whispers on the Wind', 'Songs of the West' 'Dreaming Still', 'Calling My Name', 'Out of This World' and 'Precious Water'.



Growing up on a farm in Western Australia Carmel Charlton has never had any doubt where her talents lie. With her rich voice, encouraging messages and catchy originals, the talented Australian singer-songwriter, guitar and piano and ukulele player paints her musical pictures using images of Australia, its people and places. Carmel has performed extensively in both her home state of WA and Nationally.

Carmel studied classical guitar at the Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. She has a fine guitar style with a touch of classical intermingled with folk/country. She is also an accomplished pianist and teaches guitar, piano and voice.  

Among recent performances are National Library presenting "The Great Ride" at National Folklore Conference in Canberra, Bowraville Theatre, NSW, Army Museum, WA,  Foco Nuevo, Red Hill Folk, The Bug, Brisbane, Perth Town Hall.  Other performances include ANZAC Albany, Country Blues and Roots Festival  2014, Canberra, Troubadour Central Coast, Illawarra and Tamar Valley Folk Festivals, Astor Theatre, Perth and 'live' on ‘Australia All Over’ program at ABC in Sydney in 2013.

Carmel is often requested to write songs for special occasions.  She recently wrote the song “We’ll Be There” and produced a CD to commemorate 90 years of the Country Women's Association in Western Australia.    

Carmel has taken her new show "The Great Ride" to venues around Australia. It is based on a letter that Trooper Ned Moriarty wrote to his sister in 1918. Ned was a member of the 10th Light Horse Regiment during the pursuit of the Turks all the way to Damascus. The 10th Light Horse were given the honour of leading the Australian Mounted Division on the 12 day ride to Damascus.  Images, songs and dialogue are included in the Presentation.  The 3rd Light Horse Brigade, which had been shot to pieces at the NEK in Gallipoli three years before, rode straight through Damascus, pausing only to receive its surrender on Oct 1st 1918.

Testimonials re "The Great Ride"
"A thoroughly researched and well-presented exposé of the less-known offensive of the Australian 10th Light Horse regiment aimed at liberating Damascus during WWI.  The chronicle of historical facts is given life by images from various sources and the personal accounts of Trooper Ned Moriarty written in a letter to his sister, as well as by Carmel’s poetic readings and songs that are reminiscent of a trooper's story-telling and sing-along.  Her emotion-charged finale, “Horses Coming Home” brought many to tears.

Carmel’s presentation is one of the best I have heard, and it has inspired me to learn more about my grandfather’s involvement in WWI and the Great Ride to Damascus. — Dr Louisa Lawrance, Nedlands, Western Australia.

"........Carmel had her audience laughing, crying and singing.  It was an exceptionally poignant and polished performance.Julia Mitchell,Adult Services Librarian, City of Albany.

Comments from other shows

"It was a cold, wet night but hard to find a seat last night when Carmel Charlton performed at the Troubadour in the Woy Woy. We knew she would be good, but still it was truly special to be able to experience a performer like her in person. What a beautiful voice. Clean, inventive, delicate guitar. And a swag of amazing songs.

"Carmel knows how to work a hall and get an audience involved. We were singing, clapping stomping on the floor and moving our hands in gestures to accompany her. And what a finale, with the beautiful gospel songs of Angels Watching over Me and Swing Low Sweet Chariot entwined, with the audience singing like a well rehearsed choir.

Carmel's love for W.A. came out through the night as she transported her audience back across the continent. Singing about both the south and the north of the state, she told us of its history, of its place names, of its people and some of its larger than life personalities. She also sang about universal themes. One songs that's stuck in my mind is her own 'Whispers on the Wind', based on the final messages of love that passengers in the doomed planes of 9/11 sent their loved ones'" Michael Fine President Troubadour Central Coast. N.S.W.

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