Performer, Songwriter, Musician, Folk, Country, Gospel and Instrumental
Review of "The Great Ride" Presentation by Royal
Western Australian Historical Society's May 2017 Publication
Pic right: Carmel with Brothers3 at Canberra Country Music Festival
Pic left: Carmel at the BUG in Brisbane
WWI - the Great Ride - 1918 by Carmel Charlton
"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 Private Ned Moriarty written in a letter to his sister, as well as by Carmel’s poetic readings and simple 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 held us spellbound as she took us on a journey through the history of what has come to be known in military circles as The Great Ride. With photos, excerpts from personal letters, maps and some beautiful poetry set to her own music, Carmel told us the harrowing story of an incredible, successful ride by the Australian Light Horse Brigade from Jaffa on the coast to ‘free’ Damascus, the last stronghold of the Ottoman Empire. We heard the account as it was seen through the eyes of Trooper Ned Moriarty, related in his letters to his sister Alice in Bunbury. The evening unearthed a lot of local connections with the Mt Barker branch of the Moriarty family and Carmel was especially thrilled to talk to people about these ties."
Judy Lill Mt Barker RSL
Below: Trooper Ned Moriarty THE GREAT RIDE Presentation by Carmel Charlton
Palestine the Australian Light Horse commenced a
(below) A brief rest by the Sea of Galilee
For most of the push, the 10th Light Horse was the Advance Guard leading the Australian Mounted Division. In late 1918, with the Ottoman army in tatters and its soldiers surrendering in thousands, Australian mounted troops rode into Damascus before T. E. Lawrence of Arabia. The Australians who swept through Damascus and on to Aleppo, Homs, Beirut and nearby Tripoli, were part of "The Great Ride". Commanded by the Australian lieutenant-general Sir Harry Chauvel, it involved the biggest column of mounted men since Alexander the Great traversed the same deserts.
Carmel and Jude Iddison performing at the Stirling Mess Hall during the
ANZAC Albany Commemoration.
WE'LL BE THERE CD LAUNCH
Launching new CD "We'll be There at Nungarin on 7th July, the 90th anniversary of the first Country Women's Association's first meeting in Western Australia.
The CD was produced to pay tribute to the many thousands of women who have extended care and hospitality to those in need over the last 90 years. Listen to "We'll Be There"
Listen to "Women of the West" narrated by Jane Marwick with chorus vocal by Carmel Charlton
Carmel will be performing at the C.W.A. State Conference in York on Tuesday 22nd July at the York Town Hall
Jason Forsyth, Carmel, Adam and Billy - part of Billy Higginson and the Pale Moon Riders
Gospel Concert at Boyup Brook Country Music Festival 2014
Carmel busking in the main street Carmel and Vicki Lee
It's always encouraging to receive positive comments from shows and listeners to radio stations who play my music
Big turn out for Carmel Charlton
"It was a cold, wet night but hard to find a seat last night when Carmel Charlton performed at the Troubadour in 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. Worth crossing the country for. 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 song 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
Have just been previewing Out of This World for North West FM in the northern suburbs of Melbourne - and for a change what a pleasure listening to a CD became!!
Congratulations on producing a superb collection of music! It will be in our library and on-air on Friday - and promoted to all our Presenters to encourage them to use it also!
You suggest the tracks are '16 catchy original songs for children' --- you just forgot to add 'of all ages!' Bob (husband and North West FM President) and I (Treasurer and 'mother' to all - and pretend music co-ordinator for CD library!) are both tooooo old to be considered children of any age - but we both just loved almost every track! I think we need to get another copy so we can play it and keep it for ourselves! Best wishes, keep singing! Jean Rau of North West FM radio Melbourne
I said to you on that evening I thought your true pitch singing voice was similar to Judy Collins or Joan Baez folk styles and your album certainly confirms this observation.
I hope you can return to Wellington one day or maybe could I suggest if you
felt like it, that you approach the Wellington Folk Festival organizers who
do advance bookings for the annual October (Labour weekend) for top line
singers like yourself, to appear in this music festival held at Brookfield
Scout camp, a few km's out of Wellington - it's something to think about.
Philippa Boardman, Wellington, NZ
Carmel Charlton, our feature artist, came all the way from Jackadder's Music Club in Perth to play especially for us at the Bunbury Performer's Club. What a performer she is. Fabulous singing - sort of like a West Aussie Eva Cassidy. Delicate finger style acoustic guitar, piano and some beautifully crafted original compositions. Carmel loved getting the audience involved. Her original material included "Up Down South" - co-written with Pat O'Leary, "Back to Brookton", a poem from a friend set to music by Carmel and "Goodbye Beethoven" a light-hearted look at the rigid structure and endless analysis of classical composition. Carmel left everybody uplifted and extended an invitation to anybody interested in performing at Jackadder's Music Club. Peter Blankendaal
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