We’re proud to announce a new album of cover songs released today (June 5th) exclusively on Bandcamp. (Link: www.greatlakeswimmers.bandcamp.com)

When We Last Shook Hands: Cover Songs Volume 1 is a collection of covers recorded by Great Lake Swimmers over a period of about 12 years, between 2007-2019. Most of the songs have been released in one form or another as part of compilations, live sessions, or album bonus tracks, but there are also a handful of songs that are just now seeing the light of day, including the lead track, “Come A Long Way,” written by Kate McGarrigle. They are gathered together here for the first time.

The recordings are from such disparate sources as Studio 101 in New Orleans, Mailmen Studios in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and locations closer to home like The House Of Miracles in Ontario, Canada. We feel that they’ve come together as a cohesive whole despite their differences in time, space, and iterations of the band.

The project was overseen by long-time collaborator Andy Magoffin, who mastered the album and sonically brought it together. The cover artwork was created by Adam CK Vollick.

Track list:
01 Come A Long Way (Kate McGarrigle)
02 Dublin Blues (Guy Clark)
03 Before They Make Me Run (The Rolling Stones)
04 What Was Going Through My Head (The Grapes Of Wrath)
05 The Storms Are On The Ocean (The Carter Family)
06 Don’t Cry No Tears (Neil Young)
07 Willow Tree (Chad Vangaalen)
08 The Things That People Make, Part 3 (The Burning Hell) 
09 The Dark Don’t Hide It (Magnolia Electric Co.)
10 It Keeps Me Up (Museum Pieces)
11 The Desperate Kingdom Of Love (PJ Harvey)
12 You Know More Than I Know (John Cale)
13 My Sweet Relief (Martin Tielli)
14 Innocent When You Dream (Tom Waits)

We are acutely aware of the unrest happening in the world right now, especially in the United States, and join with many in outrage and protest. Partial proceeds from the sale of this album today and on June 19th will be donated to Black Lives Matter – Toronto.

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Tony Dekker Live Stream on June 14th

On Sunday June 14th Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers will be streaming a live set as part of #NiagaraPerforms in association with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Mark your calendar and tune in at 4pm EST on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FirstOntPAC/), Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/FirstOntarioPerformingArtsCentre), or the Performing Arts Centre website (https://firstontariopac.ca/online/Article/NiagaraPerforms). This is a free event.