Great Lake Swimmers explore the worlds of indie folk, roots music and alt-country pop, with a focus on lyrics and songwriting. Known for haunting, somber ballads, their sound blends natural reverb with folkie arrangements and inspirational lyrics.
Tony Dekker is the singer/songwriter behind the musical project Great Lake Swimmers. Accompanying Dekker (vocals, guitar) is Erik Arnesen (banjo, electric guitar) and Colin Huebert (drums, percussion). In March 2007, they released their third album, “Ongiara” with ten songs inspired by environments, both internal and external. Special guests on this recording include Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco), Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy). “Ongiara” was recorded at the Aeolian Hall, an acoustic jewel in the heart of old downtown London, Ontario, and was engineered by Andy Magoffin. Their first two critically acclaimed albums “Great Lake Swimmers” (2003) and “Bodies and Minds” (2005) have had the band on the move for the past few years, playing venues across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.
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