Great Lake Swimmers

Formed 2003.
Great Lake Swimmers


Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian band built around the melodic folk rock songs of singer-songwriter Tony Dekker. Originally from Wainfleet, Ontario, the band is currently based in Toronto.

The current touring line-up includes Tony Dekker on lead vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, Erik Arnesen on banjo, electric guitar and harmonium, Joshua Van Tassel on drums, Bret Higgins on upright bass and Miranda Mulholland on violin and backing vocals. Past members included Julie Fader on backing vocals, Sandro Perri on guitar, and Greg Millson and Colin Huebert on drums.

The band's style has been compared to Red House Painters, Nick Drake, Iron & Wine and Neil Young, as well as Will Oldham (Bonnie "Prince" Billy) and Sufjan Stevens. Dekker has said his influences include Gram Parsons and Hank Williams.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of New Wild Everywhere

    New Wild Everywhere 2012

    Reviewed by Daniel Ross
    The Canadians’ fifth set tweaks their established formula with splendid results.
  2. Review of Lost Channels

    Lost Channels 2009

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Amidst such up-tempo sunshine there's moments of an altogether darker splendour.
  3. Review of Ongiara

    Ongiara 2007

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication.
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