Hillside Inside 2014
February 7 - 9
Prayer Of The Woods can be seen as a musical interlude, or personal tangent, if you will, between Great Lake Swimmers albums by the band’s lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. Sparsely recorded and quickly realized, it takes a quiet and intimate approach: a ghostly reminder of the first Great Lake Swimmers recordings, and a stark portrait of a Canadian troubadour. Herein find songs of geographical reference (“Somewhere Near Thunder Bay”), contemplations of mortality (“Final Song”), finding spirituality in the natural world (“Prayer Of The Woods”), and ongoing existential crisis (“Hearing Voices”). There are new interpretations of a couple of classics here: “Land Of The Glass Pinecones” and “Carefree Highway.” The title track is based on an anonymous poem of Portuguese origin that has become known in forest reserves throughout North America.
Prayer Of The Woods was chronicled in two parts during June 2013 at the historic St. Brendan’s Church in Rockport, Ontario. It was recorded and mixed by Justin Nace, with additional overdubs and tracking at the House Of Miracles in July. All of the instruments and vocals were played and sung by Tony Dekker, including guitars, accordion, mandolin, piano, pump organ, Hammond B3, mellotron, harmonica, autoharp, and percussion. It was mastered at the new House Of Miracles by Andy Magoffin, now located in Cambridge, Ontario.
For fans of Great Lake Swimmers, there is no need to worry: work has already begun on a new, full-band recording that will see release in 2014. Until then please take a listen to this new collection of songs by one of Canada’s beloved singer-songwriters.
As the principle songwriter for Great Lake Swimmers, Tony Dekker was nominated for two Juno Awards, has won two Canadian Independent Music Awards for the albums Lost Channels (2009) and Self-titled (2003), was short-listed for the Polaris Prize (Lost Channels) and long-listed for New Wild Everywhere. Great Lake Swimmers was hand picked to open concerts by Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy and Feist among others, and has been called “a national treasure” by the CBC. Notable television and film soundtracks include the series Weeds and American Idol (“Your Rocky Spine”), as well as original soundtracks composed for the 2008 documentary Song Sung Blue and the e-Book One In A Thousand.
Friday, February 7th at 7:30pm