Jack Howard – Songs For Longing: The Poems of Dawson Hann EP

Songs For Longing (cover)

Songs For Longing (cover)

Buy Now (2015 original release album):


Jack brings the beautiful poetry of Dawson Hann to life with music.

Released In: [Australia / NZ].

Release Date: 8 August 2015.

Australian Chart Position: N/A.

Availability: Moderately common. Available new in digital forms.

Value: A$5-A$15.


Track Listing(s)


 Highly recommended track.
 Commercial single.
 Promotional single.


Version: Independent Australian digital album.

Album length: 26 minutes, 14 seconds.

ReplayGain loudness: -9.06dB (2016).

  1. A Song For Longing 
  2. The Falling Man
  3. Kaniva Christmas
  4. Sequence
  5. Ghost Town
  6. Stains of the Third Age
  7. Coming By Sea
  8. When Dylan Went Electric 



In February 1973, I made my first Broadmeadows line trek from the wilds of Oak Park to the lushness of Wesley College on St. Kilda Road. I felt utterly out of place for awhile but pretty quickly made some good friends and I had one memorable teacher, Dawson Hann, who also started teaching there in 1973.

He’s still there and so am I 42 years later (!!).

Dawson is a legend of the school – smart, caring, compassionate, funny, full of wisdom. He taught English and started the Adamson Theatre Company with Tony Scanlon (R.I.P.).

I started teaching there again after Hunters and Collectors broke up in 1998.

A few years ago, Dawson gave me some manuscripts of his poetry. Beautiful poetry. Down to earth, relevant, passionate, Australian, sometimes with an eyebrow arched. It was a bit of a revelation.

So I decided put some of them to music. These eight tracks are the results.
Hope you enjoy them.


Liner Notes

Music – Jack Howard
Words – Dawson Hann
tags: alternative alternative rock bluesy cinematic poetry rock trumpet Melbourne

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