We’re delighted to announce that new tour dates have just been added to our 2023 album release for “Uncertain Country” – we’re heading to Western Canada this Fall and kicking things off in Ontario and Quebec in September. The “Shows” link above has all the details!
It’s also just a few more weeks until the start of our Eastern Canada tour, with Laurel Minnes and a mini-version of the Minuscule choir now added as support! It’s been some time since we’ve been to PEI but we’re excited to start it all off in Charlottetown at the Trailside Music Hall on May 23. Fredericton, Halifax, Saint John and Quebec City are also coming up this month – hope to see you there!
Have you heard the new album yet? Find it streaming or pre-order an LP at our new online store.
The new Great Lake Swimmers album, “Uncertain Country” is out now on all streaming platforms & music services.
The first new Great Lake Swimmers music in nearly 5 years, “Uncertain Country” was inspired by a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior in Summer 2019; when the pandemic put recording sessions on hold, the album was developed in between lockdowns in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada.
“Long-time Great Lake Swimmers listeners will find much that they know, from a strong current of nature imagery to Dekker’s wistful & emotive vocal delivery, but also plenty of new territory to discover. Those who are new to the band will find a rich variety of emotional dynamics & musical approaches that still has a coherent core. ‘Uncertain Country’ stands as some of the strongest & most consistent work by one of Canada’s best bands” – Matt Wheeler/Great Dark Wonder (https://greatdarkwonder.com/review-great-lake-swimmers-uncertain-country/)
Today’s the day. We’re proud to release two brand new songs as a ‘double single’ from the new Great Lake Swimmers record. The full album will be released on April 28, 2023, but until then, “When The Storm Has Passed” and “Moonlight, Stay Above” are out now on streaming platforms.
While last weekend was technically our last round of shows for 2022, we’re very pleased to announce a solo Tony set and chat with Tim from Paper Beat Scissors for his ‘Daystreaming’ series. Tune in on Facebook or Youtube on Dec. 21, 2022 at 3pm EST / 8pm UK to listen from the comfort of your own home. Hope you can join us then.
Art Bergmann’s recent work proves that he is more essential now than ever, adding a vital new link in the chain of an already incredible life in song. As long-time fans, we continue to be stunned and believe he is currently making some of his best work, and this important song, “The Legend Of Bobby Bird” highlights that.
To echo his words, “people should hear this song and they should just weep…and ask for forgiveness.”
Our version hopes to amplify that sentiment and help tell the story of Bobby Bird, adding to the voices calling for truth and reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations, with a hope to learn and continue the healing process from the atrocities of the residential school system.
When asked what he thought of their cover effort, Art had this to say, “The Great Lake Swimmers have taken my song, “The Legend of Bobby Bird” and created something completely new. Tony Dekker’s beautiful voice is mesmerizing. I am thankful. We are blessed by this version.”
Great Lake Swimmers are thrilled to announce their first indoor, full-band show in over a year. On Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 the band will play the Winter Wander festival in the Westdale Village neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario at The Westdale Theatre. Show time is 6:00pm.