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'Delivering in both style and substance, Oh Hawke is a nutritious treat for the ears. Lethbridge can make the point or share the sentiment with just a few lines - a rare and admirable trait in a songwriter' - Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine.

'Oh Hawke, Melbourne singer-songwriter Dan Lethbridge's second album, is a sparse, sophisticated collection of folk and folk-country ruminations on life and love. Oh Hawke is a record that deserves, and benefits from, repeated listening, as there is a lot to enjoy here. This album comes recommended.' - The AU Review

'With his mannered songs of heartache and self-examination, Lethbridge bridges the gap between alt.country, folk and the clear-eyed indie pop of yesteryear's Candle Records roster. Oh Hawke is full of quietly gripping moments, this may sound commonplace but it's the songs that stay with you.' - Doug Wallen (Rolling Stone/The Big Issue)

'In all, Oh Hawke is a triumphant exhibition of all we have come to expect from Dan Lethbridge - it's skillful exploration of a staggering range of classic sounds is combined with a strong, grounded voice and unified by an overarching mood of reflective, ironic melancholy that is truly empathetic. The result is an album that is, simply put, damn fine company.' - Unpaved.com.au

'Dan melds meticulous song craft & distinctive vocals against a cornerstone of timeless guitar work. This album is one of those terrific 'slow burn' albums that creep up on you & then won't let you go...you know the ones that truly reward repeated listening and then end up being one of your absolute faves.' - Basement Discs Melbourne

'Oh Hawke is a gentle gem. These songs are sturdy and reliable, not throwaway. This is an album that gently gets under your skin... these songs should be all over the radio'. - Jeff Jenkins, Inpress Magazine

 

The release of his 2008 debut album, Dreamers of the World Unite, established Dan Lethbridge as one of Melbourne's most likeable and idiosyncratic songwriters. Described by Inpress Magazine as 'an excellent alt. country album by a fine local talent, and a remarkably assured debut', the album took Dan on a year-long promotional tour, playing to audiences across Australia before winding up at New York's famed Rockwood Music Hall.

It's a far cry from his roots.

Lethbridge grew up on a six thousand acre Queensland cattle station where he fell in love with a $10 guitar bought in a 'white elephant' sale. Despite the distractions of animal husbandry, and a brief foray into journalism, the love affair turned into obsession. By the time he came of age, Dan had played the length and breadth of his home state.

It was on a trip overseas, selling 'Sham Wows' to the Canadians, that Dan began to craft his first songs. By the time he returned to Australia, three years later, he had a suitcase of songs and stories to tell. And so his debut album was born.

After the success of Dreamers of the World Unite, Lethbridge turned 'guitarist for hire', grabbing the opportunity to add his own guitar stylings to the songs of artists he admired. He joined Young Werther's national tour in support of their 'Knights of the Department Store' album and, after a chance meeting in a Richmond guitar shop, spent a year as lead guitarist for Damon Smith's band The Quality Lightweights (whose debut albumI Thought I'd Be Someone By Now was launched in 2011 to rave reviews).

Now, newly inspired and with a five-piece band named The Campaigners, it's time for Dan to reclaim centre-stage.

Oh Hawke (named after the street on which the album was recorded) aims to be a candid, more authentic recording than Dan's debut. The songs were captured on a 16-track recorder in a make-shift home studio in West Melbourne where - with a limited number of tracks to work with - every vocal and guitar line had to count.

Looking for the right person to bring them to their full potential, Dan turned to Melbourne's master of mix, Shane O'Mara. Having admired O'Mara's work with artists such as Tim Rogers and Charles Jenkins, Dan was thrilled when he agreed to take on the project. The result is an album that perfectly showcases Lethbridge's strengths as a songwriter. Taking cues from the classic songwriters of today and yesteryear, along with Lethbridge's own unique musical vision, Oh Hawke is a stunning mix of the light and the dark, the old and the new.

 
 
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