Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers have a date with Windsor’s indie folk music fans. The band will put on a one night performance June 2 at the historic Walkerville Theatre. The stop in the Rose City is part getting re-acquainted with old fans – the band played at the Phog Lounge in 2005 – and to introduce songs from their next album to new fans.
(Great Lake Swimmers promotional photo above courtesy of Great Lake Swimmers / greatlakeswimmers.com)
“The Waves, The Wake,” will be released on August 17 and will be the seventh addition to a growing body of work from a group the CBC has dubbed a “national treasure.”
Given the width of the Swimmers’ music, the Walkerville concert should appeal to all ages and in particular to those who like a variety of instruments in their concerts. The new album will see the band introducing a round-up of new material while punching up each song with such instruments as harp, lute, pipe organ, woodwinds, congas and marimbas.
These many other instruments will augment traditional banjo, piano, drums and 6 and 12-string electric guitars.
As a departure from instrument-assisted music, the album will also throw all the instruments away with an a cappella titled, “Visions Of A Different World.”
The group’s influences are as eclectic as its instruments and include The Band, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, Grapes Of Wrath and Art Bergmann.
Tony Dekker, founder and leader, in a Facebook post, says he, “couldn’t be more thrilled to finally return on June 2nd to perform at the Olde Walkerville Theatre. We have a bunch of new songs to play and it’s going to be a special night.”
Current Dekker bandmates are Erik Arnesen, Joshua Van Tassel, Bret Higgins and Miranda Mulholland.
The concert will run from 8pm to 11pm on June 2. Leighton Bain, a Windsor-based singer and songwriter, will perform for the first hour.
Promotional material says Bain has been spending his time recently, “finding his voice in the Canadian Indie Rock scene – always considering the intent listener and those that appreciate an effective combination of lyric and melody.”
Windsor’s Drive Magazine, in 2014, described him as a, “kindred spirit to the likes of Dylan, Lightfoot and Simon. There is a familiarity in his music and in his songs, an intimacy that draws you in like the comfort of an old friend.”
General admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The Olde Walkerville Theatre is located at 1564 Wyandotte Street East.
For more information about this concert visit the Eyes On Windsor Events Calendar.
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.