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Great Lake Swimmers: Warmly Melancholic

Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers.
Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers.

Armed with a deep catalog of sweetly rustic, warmly melancholic folk-pop, the Ontario band Great Lake Swimmers has become something of a word-of-mouth sensation, as well as a frequent award-winner in Canada. After touring with the likes of Feist and Andrew Bird in previous years, the group has spent 2007 building awareness of its fine new album, Ongiara.

Recorded on Toronto Island, Ongiara examines the way love and nature intersect, while bathing its haunting songs in warm acoustics and shimmering reverb. Frontman Tony Dekker has never written a more ambitious batch of songs, but they remain gentle and down-to-earth, earning Great Lake Swimmers critical raves and comparisons to the likes of Neil Young and Iron & Wine.

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David Dye
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.