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Lucas O'Connell

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Lucas O'Connell's debut album 'Songs to Sleep On' is the latest beauty to come out of the Surgery Studios in Wellington with the expertise of Dr. Lee Prebble. It is beautifully poetic, melodic, lush, and features some renowned international musicians. Already available for viewing online is the quirky music video the single 'Liquid Night'. The album release date is October 21, 2013.

The international musicians involved in the albums production include Nick Martyn, drummer extraordinaire for international songwriting contest winners Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes; Francesca Mountfort, award winning Cellist, a.k.a. Nervous Doll Dancing; extremely talented Danish Bassist Ida Dueland Hansen; beautiful vocalist Holly Beals from Family Cactus, plus Melburnian musical stalwarts (and mentors to Lucas) Phil Day, a.k.a. Whit Drawal on Horns and Hue Blanes on Piano, completing the impressive contributing line up.

The guitar became Lucas's instrument of choice as a traveller, and the early phase of his career was playing for the enjoyment of fellow travellers. It was whilst living in Essaouria, Morocco, that his debut album 'Songs to Sleep On' had its genesis, but the influences are also old European, Hispanic and Asian. The album is a refreshing new interpretation of poetry, melody and philosophy in a format that reflects his wide cultural experience, and is presented in a manner that is both entertaining and provocative. Lucas has a fingerpicking style reminiscent of Nick Drake, and his lyrics evoke early Leonard Cohen or the recently rediscovered Sixto Rodriguez.

Lucas is soon to tour the UK and Ireland solo, and will return home to New Zealand and Australia for a tour in 2014.

Band Members:
Lucas O'Connell (vocals, guitar)
Francesca Mountfort (cello)
Nick Martyn (drums, percussion)
Ida Duelund Hansen (double bass, backing vocals)
Holly Beals (backing vocals)
Phil Day (horns)
Hue Blanes (piano)

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