Great Lake Swimmers
True Endeavors & Muzzle of Bees present Great Lake Swimmers with special guests Kate Maki & The Gentle Guest.
Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian band built around the melodic folk rock songs of singer-songwriter Tony Dekker, from Wainfleet, Ontario. The current touring line-up includes Tony Dekker on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, Erik Arneson on banjo, electric guitar and harmonium, Greg Millson on drums, Darcy Yates on upright bass and Julie Fader on keyboards and vocals.
The band's style has been compared to Red House Painters, Nick Drake, Iron & Wine and Neil Young, as well as Will Oldham and Sufjan Stevens. Dekker has said his influences include Gram Parsons and Hank Williams.
The band released its third full-length album, Ongiara, on March 27, 2007 in Canada and in May for the rest of the world. Although signing to Nettwerk early in 2007, Great Lake Swimmers continue to be managed by (weewerk). In September 2007, (weewerk) released a limited edition vinyl version of Ongiara. It was available in Australia through native indie label Speak N Spell.
Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Maki studied neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. She taught special education, French and science in Ottawa, Toronto and Sudbury for several years before deciding to pursue a full-time musical career.
She released her debut album, Confusion Unlimited, in 2003. The album's blend of folk rock and alternative country earned her favourable reviews and quickly sold out its initial printing. She released her second album, The Sun Will Find Us, in 2004. Both albums received Album of the Year awards at the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards in 2004 and 2005. Her third album, On High was co-produced with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, and was released in North America on February 12, 2008.
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