Over the past five years, the Once has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada. The Newfoundland-based band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional
album. In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland.
Most recently, the trio (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) released Departures – their first album on Nettwerk Records – as well as embarked on a world tour opening for Passenger, beginning in America, before heading to Europe and then Australia and Asia. Whilst in Australia, they also performed a string of sold out headline shows over summer.
The Once remains rooted in its essential musical elements – Hollett’s incandescent voice, the trio’s gorgeous harmonies and the spirited acoustic instrumentation supplied by Dale and Churchill. Departures represents the Once’s most honest and personal effort to date.
The Newfoundland-based trio THE ONCE have been on a whirlwind ride the last couple of years, touring the world with Passenger as well as featuring on his most recent album, earning Juno & Canadian Folk Music Awards and nominations, and selling out headline shows all across the world off the back of their most recent album, ‘Departures’.
THE ONCE are live at The Westernport Friday February 26th from 9pm. No cover charge! Get in early to make sure you nab the best spot. Where else but The Westernport...?!