Great Lake Swimmers “The Waves The Wake” (Nettwerk Records, 2018)

Over their 15-year career, Canada’s Great Lake Swimmers have crafted to perfection their version of folk informed chamber songs led throughout by Tony Dekker. While their last release, ‘A Forest of Arms’ added a more muscular beat to the songs than one expected from them ‘The Waves The Wake’ finds them back in a more … Continue reading “Great Lake Swimmers “The Waves The Wake” (Nettwerk Records, 2018)”

Great Lake Swimmers have new album and tour dates

That’s right – it’s been a long time since ‘A Forest of Arms‘ , fully 3 years, but at last Tony Dekker’s band return with a new full-length release ‘The Waves, The Wake‘ which is out on the 17th of August.  This, the seventh full length release by Great Lake Swimmers, also comes in the … Continue reading “Great Lake Swimmers have new album and tour dates”

Great Lake Swimmers ride the waves with new album, EP

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of one of our favourite indie-folk/rock bands here at AUK, Great Lake Swimmers (not to be confused with the also great Great Lakes) and today they’ve announced a new album: ‘The Waves, The Wake’ comes out on 17th August via Nettwerk Records.  Recorded in the 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario … Continue reading “Great Lake Swimmers ride the waves with new album, EP”

Great Lake Swimmers share two new songs – Listen

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the indie-folk/rock band Great Lake Swimmers led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker who decided for the band’s next record to challenge himself by writing new music without any acoustic guitar which has always been his instrumental mainstay. He further digressed from previous songwriting patterns by looking at each track individually and then tailoring … Continue reading “Great Lake Swimmers share two new songs – Listen”

Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London

Organised by the Americana Music Association UK (AMAUK), the showcase runs at five Hackney Central venues over two nights, culminating in the awards ceremony at hackney Empire on the third evening. It’s a fairly massive undertaking, with almost 60 bands or artists performing half hour sets over the two showcase nights. It links in with … Continue reading “Americana Music Fest 29th January, Hackney, London”

Don Brownrigg “Bad Timing” – Listen

Singer-songwriter Don Brownrigg describes this sprightly number as a straight”nope” – which is to say that yeah, he could be great – but sadly not for you.  Well, that’s refreshingly direct.   Dan Brownrigg has toured with the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, and he has a new album out called ‘Fireworks‘ .  It looks at breakups … Continue reading “Don Brownrigg “Bad Timing” – Listen”

A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel

It may have been another turbulent year with no sign of the punishment letting up, but it has also been another great year for music. And, in a sense, that’s what really matters. And if nothing else the real world has offered some amusement on the live scene as visiting bands from the USA make … Continue reading “A Review of the Year : Tell me where it hurts, and I’ll tell you what to feel”

Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018

It’s always weird writing about yourself in the third person, the ego of me, but then headlines without the accompanying cheery picture might leave people mystified.  Anyway, there’s my excuse. What a year it’s been for music, so many great tours and a real vibrancy to the genre – I’ll talk about that more next week … Continue reading “Americana UK’s editor chooses his picks for 2018”

Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum Records, 2016)

If the mention of falsetto instantly brings the Brothers Gibb to mind – linked to some hell of a disco inferno – then make the effort to disconnect that image. This review will be using the f-word. On Pearls To Swine Adam Torres sings falsetto and shows what an effective and moving device this can … Continue reading “Adam Torres “Pearls To Swine” (Fat Possum Records, 2016)”