Great Lake Swimmers

Musical Audio Tour 'Highlights from the Groninger Museum collection'

Great Lake Swimmers is a band from Toronto, Canada. Their music is melodic and can be considered folk rock. The band’s style is often compared to that of Nick Drake and Neil Young, but frontman and singer Tony Dekker is influenced by Gram Parsons and Hank Williams in particular.


  • Tony Dekker, vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica 
  • Erik Arnesen, banjo, electric guitar and harmonium 
  • Greg Millson, drums 
  • Bret Higgings, standing bass 
  • Miranda Mulholland, background vocals, violin 

Great Lake Swimmers (2003)
Bodies and Minds (2005)
Ongiara (2007)
Lost Channels (2009)

Jan Altink
Land met sloten (Fields with Ditches), 1924
etching, aquatint 32 x 41 cm

After looking over the paintings, I think I would like to do a song about De Ploeg itself, about the members of that group in the 1920's, Dijkstra, Altink and Wiegers. I'm interested in the group they formed, the subjects they painted, and how it affected the art world in Groningen and the Netherlands. And also I guess I'd like to explore their 'team' mentality.