Great Lake Swimmers is a Canadian band built around the melodic folk rock songs of singer and 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.
Great Lake Swimmers Lyrics. The currents want to pull you down The bottom is empty, invisible Where is the shore Oh I can't see it anymore Feeling so tired, have to keep floating The bottom is so far away The shore is so far away The finish line is out of sight I won't give up without a fight It's such a long swim. I was sitting in the sand Waves were tumbling with the wind They pulled him out They pulled him in The stretcher brought him back again The sirens let the swimmers know Not to wrestle undertoes It's such a long swim. And now there is no sign of land The breakers are behind me now Splashing in a hopeless flow Far above the muddy sand.
Great Lake Swimmers is the eponymous debut album by the Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers. The album was recorded over several months in an abandoned grain silo in Dekker's hometown of Wainfleet, Ontario. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls.
Great Lake Swimmers is the eponymous debut album by the Canadian folk rock band Great Lake Swimmers Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls. Faithful Night, Listening" - 4:08. Three Days at Sea (Three Lost Years)" - 3:52. Great Lake Swimmers" - 6:45.
The first Great Lake Swimmers album was recorded entirely off the grid in an abandoned grain silo, and the second in an old church that I went to as a child. Ongiara was partially recorded on Toronto Island, and then moved to the historic Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario. Lost Channels was recorded in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario and the state of New York, where one of our locations was the mysterious and beautiful Singer Castle. As far as location recording in nature, it doesn't get much more unorthodox than being in a rock formation below the earth's surface