carmel charlton

carmel charlton

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
SoloFolkChildren's Music

Singer, songwriter, musician, entertainer and publisher Carmel Charlton is a versatile performer with a wide variety of genre's included in her performances. Folk, country, blues, roots and classical guitar to name a few. She has a fine vocal delivery with a clear voice somewhat like that of Joan Baez and Alison Krauss. Her guitar playing displays a touch of classical intermingled with folk and country.

Biography

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.
 

Lyrics

Respect

Written By: Carmel Charlton

RESPECT

There’s a little word that will take us far
And make a difference in our lives
Respect is the word, so we’ve heard
And as we grow, let's all show

Chorus:
Respect for the land, respect for each other
Some things money just can't buy
Like kindness, consideration, spread them across the nation
We're on a journey and we can fly.

There are little words like please and thank you
Let's use them everyday
Good citizens we will become
Our world will be a better place

Chorus

When we see people treating each other with respect we smile
It makes us feel good, we'd like to see
It happen all the time.

Do, do, do, dee, do dee, do, do, do, dee, do
The values that we're learning now will stay
Do, do, do, dee, do dee, do, do, do, dee, do
We're children of worth, leading the way
Leading the way

Chorus
Respect for the land, respect for each other
Some things money just can’t buy .. like
Kindness, consideration,
Spread them across the nation
We’re on a journey and we can fly

Chorus
Respect for the land, respect for each other
Some things money just can’t buy .. like
Kindness, consideration,
Spread them across the nation
We’re on a journey, journey,
We're on a journey, journey,
We're on a journey and we can fly

Out of This World

Written By: Carmel Charlton

Out of This World
Spoken
Two minus five, four, three, two, one, zero, ignition, lift off,
lift off (rocket sounds)……………………………………….

Looking back at earth from somewhere in space
Astronauts will tell you, it’s like no other place
Lives are changed as they view the world as one
Countries merge together ‘neath the sun

There’s a ring of blue, bathed in mystery
A circle ‘round our planet is the reason why we breathe
In God’s universe how fragile we are
Just twenty miles of atmosphere, keeping us from harm

Pre-chorus
Looking back at earth, looking back at earth
Looking back, it’s out of this world!

Chorus 1
Take care of nature as a precious jewel
Sparkling like sunlight on a mountain pool
Fragile as a dewdrop or an eagle on the wing
Only twenty miles of atmosphere
Protecting everything, oh yeah, protecting everything

Living for today, rushing here and there
Fossil fuels are pouring out, clogging up the air
Turn to sun and solar, wind and ocean tide
Harness all the energy that our earth provides

Pre-chorus followed by Chorus 1

Looking back at earth, looking back at earth
Looking back, it’s out of this world!

Chorus 2
Take care of nature and that ring of blue
That circle ‘round our planet protecting me and you
Fragile as a dewdrop or an eagle on the wing
Only twenty miles of atmosphere protecting everything oh yeah
Protecting everything (twenty miles of atmosphere)

Protecting everything, oh yeah, protecting everything
(Twenty miles of atmosphere protecting everything)
(Twenty miles of atmosphere protecting everything)
Twenty miles of atmosphere protecting everything

Goodbye Beethoven

Written By: Carmel Charlton

Goodbye Beethoven

Chorus Goodbye Beethoven, I’ll see you in the spring
I know that you’re a genius but I just want to sing
A country song, it can’t be wrong
Though your symphonies are very nice
They’re about an hour too long

Verse 1 First you’ve got the exposition
And you think you know the scheme
But just to throw you off the track
He adds an extra theme
Then comes the development
Of what has gone before
I try to listen very hard
But I can’t take anymore

Chorus

Verse 2 Well you think that it’s all over
‘Cause the orchestra’s so quiet
Then suddenly they play so loud
That you nearly die with fright
The recapitulation means
The end is getting near
But wait, here comes the coda
And now he’s in top gear

Chorus Goodbye Beethoven, I’ll see you in the spring
I know that you’re a genius but I just want to sing
A country song, it can’t be wrong
Though your symphonies are very nice
They’re about an hour too long

Coda Though your symphonies are very nice
They’re about an hour too long .................................

One Solitary Life

Written By: Carmel Charlton

ONE SOLITARY LIFE

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

He was born in an obscure village
He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty
He then became an itinerant preacher
He never held an office
He never had a family or owned a house
He didn’t go to college
He had no credentials but himself.

Chorus
Yet all the armies that ever marched
All the navies that ever sailed
All the parliaments that ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned
Have not affected the life of man on this earth
As much as that One Solitary life
As much as that One Solitary life

He was only thirty three when the public turned against him
And his friends ran away
He was given over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
And while he was dying
His executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth

Chorus
But all the armies that ever marched
All the navies that ever sailed
All the parliaments that ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned
Have not affected the life of man on this earth
As much as that One Solitary life
As much as that One Solitary life

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
He was laid in a borrowed grave
And on the third day he rose from the dead
Though twenty centuries have come and gone
He is still the central figure of the human race.

Chorus
Yet all the armies that ever marched
All the navies that ever sailed
All the parliaments that ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned
Have not affected the life of man on this earth
As much as that One Solitary life
As much as that One Solitary life

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Discography

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'.

Set List

Original material includes -Whispers on the Wind, Up Down South, Beautiful Denmark, Goodbye Beethoven, Spirit of Mokare, Ancient Rock Art, Calling My Name, CY O'Connor, I Wish You were here, Horses Coming Home, My Nullarbor Home, Old Shoe, Out of This World, Water More Precious Than Gold.

Covers: To Make you Fee My Love, It Doesn't Matter Anymore, Shenandoah, A Thousand Years, Thirsty Boots.