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      October 4, 2018

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      Great Lake Swimmers

      with Native Harrow
      2018 marks the 15th anniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums,multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in theirnative Canada and beyond. The CBC has called them a national treasure whiletheir music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at oncefamiliar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delvedeeper.Its this contrast and evolution that brings them to their latest release, The Waves, TheWake a metaphor for the future ahead, and the past trailing behind. Abandoningthe acoustic guitar, this new collection of songs sees the group branching out toinclude new sounds such as harp, lute, pipe organ, woodwinds, congas andmarimbas, alongside the more familiar flecks and chimes of the banjo, piano, and 12-string electric guitar. The stunning acoustics of the historic, 145 year old BishopCronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario lend the atmospheric touch to thealbum, under the guidance of co-producer Chris Stringer (Union Sound). This recordis about the songs, first and foremost, and was made with many of Torontos mosttalented players, including arrangements by Drew Jurecka and electric guitarappearances both atmospheric and spirited by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath). Longtime collaborators Erik Arnesen (banjo, guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Josh VanTassel (percussion) also contribute their considerable musicianship.The Talking Wind opens the album solely with woodwinds and vocals, setting thetone with its scaled back, minimalist approach. Similarly sparse arrangements onFalling Apart pair a meditative, layered piano with an appearance by renownedharpist Mary Lattimore alongside Dekkers haunting, plaintive vocals. Bridging thealbum to the groups past work, the lonely jangle of Alone But Not Alone is astudy in song-craft; Side Effects matches lyrical substance to musical motifs withits expressive vibraphone, tempo variations, and vocal effects.But perhaps the albums centerpiece is the entirely a cappella Visions Of ADifferent World with its ghostly, longing vocals nakedly bearing its message.Great Lake Swimmers have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, have beenshortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and won a Canadian Indie Award forFavourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group. They have shared the stage as support for suchmusical luminaries as Robert Plant, Feist, and Calexico, and have appeared asheadliners for many of Canadas major Folk Music festivals. Their relentless touringschedule and countless live shows have helped them develop devoted fan basesacross Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and many points beyond. Mojo dubbed themAmbient Zen Americana and Exclaim has described them as a cherished blend offolk and orchestral indie pop.

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