The SxSW Interviews: Great Lake Swimmers

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Gavin Riley

09th March 2011
At 00:02 GMT

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Great Lake Swimmers are one of those indie folk bands that seem to have been around for ages.

Featuring a blend of acoustic instruments, rural soundscapes, and wistful vocals, they are led by songwriter/vocalist Tony Dekker.

Having released four albums, (their last LP we scored at 9/10 when we reviewed it two years ago), Lost Channels was also shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize and nominated for a Juno Award.

So you can see why we're excited to have Tony answer our questions on this year's South By Southwest Festival:


1) How many times have you been to SxSW?

We have played twice before, but this is the first time with this newest incarnation of the band.

2) What's the best thing about being in Austin? Or if you've not been before.... What are your tourism related plans?

Record shopping at Waterloo Records, delicious breakfast tacos, and drinking a cold Shiner in the dry Texas heat.

3) Why are you playing SxSW? ('Cos we hear the money isn't too good)

We haven't been able to work it into our tour schedule in the last couple of years, and being in the middle of recording a new album this year, it's sort of a pre-emptive strike. Plus, it's been a really cold winter in Toronto.

4) Who are you showcasing for, and where and when can we expect to see you?

We're playing the Red Ryder showcase at Central Presbyterian Church (8th & Brazos) on Saturday, March 19th. We're also playing several times throughout the week, with dates/times listed on our website.

5) Which other bands/artists are you most looking forward to seeing over music week?

American Music Club, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Damien Jurado, Frazey Ford, Matthew And The Arrogant Sea, Ron Sexsmith, and so many others.

6) Will you visit the Film or Interactive sections of SxSW this year? Or is time tight?

We're pretty busy over the week, but the films are always really great, so if there's time we will probably check that out.

7) What does the rest of 2011 hold for you?

Woodshedding, writing songs, and hopefully piecing together a new record. We have a short tour in the works for the summertime.

Further Information:

Great Lake Swimmers: Official Site / MySpace



March 17, 2011 - Paradise (Canada Blast Party) @ 12:00pm
March 17, 2011 - Jovita’s (Twangfest/KDHX Party) @ 2:30pm
March 17, 2011 - Home Slice Pizza (Music By The Slice) @ 5:15pm
March 18, 2011 - National Parks Project Revue @ 12:00pm
March 18, 2011 - Muzzle Of Bees Backyard BBQ @ 3:15pm
March 19, 2011 - SixShooter/XM Radio BBQ @ 1:00pm
March 19, 2011 - Palm Door (BAMM Party) @ 4:00pm
March 19, 2011 - Central Presbyterian Church (Red Ryder Showcase) @ 12:30am

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