Master Songwriter Charles Jenkins unveils new acoustic album ‘When I Was On The Moon’ & Australian tour dates!

Lauded Melbourne songwriter Charles Jenkins has released a surprise acoustic album, in a stripped-back style which highlights his exemplary lyricism.

The album ‘When I Was on the Moon’ features the ARIA-nominated songwriter at his most poignant, performing 10 new songs, solo, on a nylon string guitar.

The album was recorded over a few days in Jenkins’s small spare room with one voice, one mic and one guitar, in stark contrast to the complex instrumentation of recent work with his bands Icecream Hands and The Zhivagos.

“The temptation to add strings, and perhaps other elements was there for a while,” said Jenkins, “but listening back, I enjoyed its minimalism and so I resisted that urge.”

The result is starkly impressive. It’s as if Jenkins is alone in the room with you, with only the occasional warble of birds outside the window (heard on a few tracks) to augment the powerful storytelling.

Listen to the whole album streaming here: charlesjenkins.bandcamp.com

The first single, the plaintive ‘Do Not Disturb‘, is almost a piece of modern chamber music. On songs such as ‘Monday Nights At The Retreat Hotel’ Jenkins’s trademark wry wit shines through as he sings, Tuesdays are best forgotten, and so I do my washing, separating colours and cottons naturally. Wednesdays are for the gamblers, the lovelorn ramblers, the emotional baggage handlers lost at sea”.

In ‘Beware the Gates of Heaven’, there’s a more grimly mocking tone (“Beware the mouths of old men, who fly on the public purse, their platforms raised, and their gods praised, and the science reversed”) which ensures that even though this album is one of the most romantic, reflective things he’s ever done, Jenkins’s poetry continues to be incisive and utterly relevant

‘When I Was On The Moon’ is out now and available via www.charlesjenkins.com.au

Charles Jenkins will be touring Australia throughout May and June. For full tour details and more information head to charlesjenkins.com.au

Charles Jenkins bio:

Charles Jenkins is a Melbourne songwriter/musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years experience in the Australian Music Industry.

He has released 15 albums, toured Europe and the USA several times and been nominated for two ARIA awards with the Icecream Hands. In 2014 he won an AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album.

Charles teaches songwriting at the University Of Tasmania and JMC and for the last ten years has worked at The Push coordinating the songwriting mentoring program Push Songs.

Charles has a Masters In Music and is an Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS.

“He’s too good a writer not to be in your life.”  – Sydney Morning Herald


TOUR DATES:

Thursday 23rd May – Junk Bar, Brisbane

Saturday 25th May – Brunswick Heads Session #1 (To be broadcast on BayFM)

Sunday 2nd June – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne

Sunday 9th June – Coogee Diggers, Sydney

Web: charlesjenkins.com.au

FB: facebook.com/charlesjenkinsaustralia

Buy album at : charlesjenkins.bandcamp.com

Contact Karen on 0400 527 365 or email karen@karenconradpublicity.com for review copies of the new album.

Melbourne Artists Hudson Taylor & ConpleX Go From Nowhere to Number 1 on Triple J Unearthed!

 

Melbourne hip hop artist, Hudson Taylor and cowriter, Conor Ewing-Crellin, aka ConpleX, got a message this week from Triple J radio telling them their song, Right Way, was number one on this week’s Triple J Unearthed Hip Hop Top 100!

 

 

“This came out of nowhere,” Hudson says. “Last week, nothing – this week, there we are at number one, with some of our favourite artists in the top ten with us. Insane.”

 

DOWNLOAD HERE:

https://www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/play/track/7704406

 

Hudson is a 21 year old rapper/soul digger from Melbourne’s northern suburbs who started writing his own rap lyrics at the age of 14. Growing up in a strict Christian family, he was only allowed to listen to Gospel music, “I wasnt even allowed to watch The Simpsons, but one day a friend from my grade three class gave me a CD which was 50 cent ‘In Da Club’ and I’ve been hooked ever since. No cure, right?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson’s style varies from RnB, Trap and 90’s Boom Bap, but he follows the beat wherever his heart and soul take him, “ I try not to get too caught up in one particular style because i pride myself on my versatility.” Hudson said. He performs with his collective ‘DrankWater’ in collaboration with Conor Ewing-Crellin, who raps under the name ConpleX, who is also the co-writer and performer on Right Way.

ConpleX is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from inner North Melbourne who started rapping at the age of sixteen. His inspirations are Retchy P, E40, GoldLink, Big L and RedMan. Like Hudson, his style is old school and trap. He started DrankWater two years ago with his mate Syd-G with a view to “be able to collaborate with mates and create a new wave in the Aussie Hip Hop and so that we can record and perform, it’s just what we love to do,”

“Once I heard the hook Hudson made I came back with the lyrics for my verse in about 20 minutes. Sometimes you just feel it.” Ewing-Crellin said. Right Way also features UK rapper Rydah and was produced by LeinadBeats, which was then mixed and mastered by Adrian Swish.

“This track was recorded at a friend’s house at a total cost of zero dollars, which worked for us as we’re all broke! I mean, we all do shifts as rubbish removalists and Hudson is homeless at the moment and couch surfing between the houses of the other three ‘DrankWater’ members, but we got it done. I kinda feel like we went from the rubbish bin to the top of the heap this week, thanks to Triple J.”

Hudson’s E.P “Hit A Lick” is out on all platforms.

ConpleX – https://soundcloud.com/therealconplex

LAUNCH GIG DETAILS TBC – Watch This Space!

Sharon Shannon (Ireland) releases new single ‘The Machine’ ahead of Australian Tour Dates

 

The Machine is a song that Sharon first heard sung by Alyra Rose at Acoma Indian Reservation in New Mexico. The lyric and sentiment of the song had a big impact on Sharon. (Alyra and her father were also very involved with the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Three Forks Reservation in North Dakota.)

Sharon’s album was already titled Sacred Earth, so the inclusion of the song on the album was a natural fit. Sharon worked on the song with Alyra and engineer Craig Mulvagh and brought in Susan O Neill on vocals and trumpet, resulting in a trad Irish/ hip hop/ rap hybrid with an important message. Read on for more info and show details…

Mary Coughlan (Ireland) – Live and Kicking Australian Tour

Mary Coughlan is live and kicking and coming to Australia for dates in February and March 2019 and bringing her most recent album ‘Live And Kicking’ with her!

Mary is arguably one of Ireland’s greatest female jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has carved out a timeless and highly regarded career and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Described as “Ireland’s Billie Holiday” Mary has overcome childhood trauma, alcoholism & drug addiction to become a musical force like no other. “Her life story gives weight to the truth that the best singers are the ones with the most painful lives.” — The GuardianRead on for more info and show details…

Eric Bibb & Band Australian Tour May 2019

A leading bluesman of his generation, two time Grammy-nominated Eric Bibb will take to the stage with his sensational band for an evening of uplifting and inspiring folk and blues. Having previously wowed Australian audiences many times over the years, it will be an honour to welcome this fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, back to Australia.Read on for more info and show details…

Gaby Moreno – Australian Tour March 2019

Gaby Moreno is coming to Australia for a string of dates to sing her heart out for you!

A superb vocalist and uniquely gifted songwriter originally hailing from Guatemala, Gaby is an Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy winner who has released 4 solo records internationally. Her latest album Ilusión received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She has toured with Tracy Chapman, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids and Calexico, and has shared stages with Bono, Andrea Bocelli and Van Dyke Parks.Read on for more info and show details…

Connie Lansberg residency at Chinacy Bar & Restaurant

On the back of her sold out launch of Insomnious Volume 1 Connie Lansberg will be doing a residency at Chinacy Bar & Restaurant at 352 Chapel Street, South Yarra every Friday and Saturday night. Connie will be appearing with her quintet CLQ.

If you haven’t heard her lush new CD Insomnious Volume 1, it’s available from Bandcamp at https://tinyurl.com/ybbzbhuh.

Contact me for an interview or a review copy.

All India Radio releases ‘Space’

Earthlings & Others,

All India Radio aka Australian musician Martin Kennedy releases a new album ‘Space’. Dripping with atmospheric analogue synths and floaty vocals, the album takes its musical cues from David Lynch, Pink Floyd, Jean-Michel Jarre, Brian Eno, Stereolab and AIR.

The album artwork by veteran British artist David A Hardy was originally commissioned for Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ but missed out to the famous prism art. David A Hardy says, “It would give me pleasure to see that image on a record after all these years.”Read on for more info and show details…

Old Man River launches his magnum opus – ‘ILOVEYOUSORRYPLEASEFORGIVEMETHANKYOU’ at The Fyrefly St Kilda, Sat. June 16.

Playing his first Melbourne show in years, Old Man River will launch the new long awaited album: ‘ILOVEYOUSORRYPLEASEFORGIVEMETHANKYOU’.

Ohad Rein is the singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist behind the internationally acclaimed Old Man River project, an eclectic musical voyage that manages to blend conscious pop, folk-rock, psychedelia and world music, all under one warm blanket of positive, melodic and inspiring sounds.

“He’s the wild sonic lovechild of Beck and the Beatles…”Read on for more info and show details…