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Meet Tony Dekker: Frontman of the Canadian Folk Band, Great Lake Swimmers, Talks About His New Album

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Are you the sort of person who goes weak at the knees when you hear a killer banjo solo? I am too. Which is why you should get your folk fix at Spaceland tomorrow night. Hailing from Ontario, Great Lake Swimmers' were in town haunting brand of melodic folk has captivated audiences all over North America. Founding member and sole singer-songwriter for the group, Tony Dekker, was kind enough to speak with us over the weekend about his latest album, Lost Channels. Here is some of what was said.

What made you pick up an instrument? How old were you?
I guess I was about 16 years old. A friend of mine joined the Army reserves and left his guitar and an amp in my room. Whenever I was bored I just picked it up and started playing. I was shown how to play a power chord and that was it.

When did you decided you wanted to be a musician?
It sort of eventually took over my life. There was a point where I was touring so much that I didn’t have time to do anything else. (laughs) I didn't really decide. Music has taken over my life.