Oct 212012


Dear music lovers the world over,

Charles Jenkins is coming your way to launch the critically acclaimed new album  “Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart” on Silver Stamp Records via Fuse Distribution.  

“A rare talent” – Simon Collins – The West Australian

Charles Jenkins  – male artist of the year nomination Melbourne Age EG Awards

Pray My Dear Daughter’ Song of the year nomination Melbourne Age EG Awards

3PBS – Album of the week

Radio National’s Lucky Oceans – Album of the week

“Love Your Crooked Neighbour with Your Crooked Heart continues the marriage of gilt-edged pop sensibility and razor-sharp lyrics that distinguishes Jenkins from the average troubadour….(an) artisan of the highest caliber” 
Patrick Emery – The Age EG

“Another example of Jenkins’ considerable craft”
Iain Shedden – The Australian 

“With these 10 songs, one of Australia’s finest songwriters delivers a collection as finely honed as a Hemingway short story, not a note or phrase wasted or out of place.”
Noel Mengel – Brisbane Courier Mail

Charles Jenkins Touring Oct-Dec 2012


Sunday October 21 – Northcote Social Club (matinee show), Northcote (band show) with special guests Raised by Eagles.


Thursday October 25 – Norfolk Basement, Fremantle (solo)
Friday October 26 – The Velvet Lounge, Mt Lawley (with Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer & Chris Altmann)


Thursday 6 December – The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley (duo with Davey Lane)


Friday 7 December – Notes, Newtown (band show)


Following the 5-star reviewed 2010 album Walk this Ocean, Crooked Heart was recorded at home in between the volleys of surrounding suburban nail guns. It contains ringing performances of songs with drama, social commentary, tension and beauty. Warm, beguiling and folky. These are songs from the heart – for the heart, the head and the hips – Tales both tall and small – with a twist or two along the way – because sometimes the beauty is in the twist.

Love Your Crooked Neighbour With Your Crooked Heart is more of the stuff that has made Jenkins one of this country’s most admired songwriters.

“He’s too good a writer not to be in your life”
Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald

A distinct country flavour flows through the record – there are horns, pianos, and Suzannah Espie and Douglas Lee Robertson (Icecream Hands) singing up a backing vocal storm on a few others. It’s a stunning, rambling ride down a road less travelled and The Zhivagos are at the heights of their collective and considerable powers.

Don’t miss seeing this magic live when Charles heads your way to launch this splendid album.

To cast a vote for Charles and ‘Pray My Dear Daughter,’ please visit the Age EG Music Awards at www.theage.com.au/egawards.

Visit the brand new website at www.charlesjenkins.com.au
Oct 172012

THE LUCKY GIRL – JULITHA RYAN – press release – 2012

Silver Ray keyboard player’s debut album features a big voice – her own – backed by an all- star cast of Melbourne’s most intuitive musicians performing a dramatic and idiosyncratic suite of songs specifically designed to be heard from start to finish.

Julitha will launch The Lucky Girl at Northcote Social Club on 17th October 2012 and Pure Pop Records, St Kilda on 28th October.

Julitha Ryan is extremely impatient to share with you her first solo album The Lucky Girl. Comprising 12 tracks, she is responsible for every keyboard note, every vocal and backing vocal and she’s even dusted off her cello and clarinet for the job.

The all-star rhythm section – Dave Creese, James Lee and Andy Papadopoulos – is fleshed out with performances from violin player and arranger Bronwyn Henderson; drums, percussion, vocals and general mayhem Brett Poliness; Bouzouki by Dimitri Kyriakou, the mellifluous Gregory Day sings on the one and only duet; Hilary Blackshaw on violin, and Caz Gannell played all the hard cello bits. The Wall of Men makes one or two memorable appearances, as do the horns – Matt Habben, Adam Hutterer and Gavin Cornish.

Julitha began her performer’s life as a singer, recording an album in 1986 with contemporary jazz group, Neo-Penguin. This led to stints as a funk singer (also writing brass and vocal arrangements), backing vocalist and keyboard player. During the 90s her musical outlook broadened considerably – from devoted and inspired vocal arranging, cello and clarinet work with a wide range of musical compadres, to the heights of her 10 piano-playing years with instrumental group Silver Ray.

‘Noticed a Julitha-shaped hole on the Melbourne music scene lately? Absent maybe, but working still, Julitha Ryan has been in the studio, recording her first solo album,The Lucky Girl. After rocking out on Melbourne’s stages across four decades (the 80s!), beginning with the pop jazz funk sounds of Neo-Penguin and Mouse and most famously with post-rock trio instrumentalists Silver Ray, it was time for Julitha to make her own album. You will hear familiar chimes – at times akin to the folkness of her earlier band Barroworn and her dominant piano power riffs are richly abundant – and also the new, the multi-textured ambience of a 21st century album.

Most of all, here is her voice. And she can sing. Part rock-bitch, part Con girl (cap C, as in Melbourne University’s Conservatorium of Music), Ryan brings it all to bear on her debut. From start to finish, writing, arranging, singing and playing half a dozen instruments, this is Julitha Ryan. It’s all there – including her trademark Wall of Men mega- male BVs. After 25-odd years at it, she’s ready to be an overnight sensation. Lucky girl.’

Mick Epis, Melbourne journalist

The Lucky Girl is now available for digital download on Cdbaby and itunes.

For more info, cds, hi res photos please ring Karen on 0400 527 365 or email kcpublicity@optusnet.com.au.