Over the past six 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, numerous Music NL awards, was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council and has earned not one, but two JUNO nominations for best Roots/Traditional album, the most recent in acknowledgement of their latest release, Departures.
Although the band has come out of Newfoundland’s Celtic-inspired traditional music community, Geri, Phil, and Andrew have drawn upon a wide range of musical influences in the crafting of their latest album. Despite the many changes, however, 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 Phil and Andrew.
The Once is:
Geraldine Hollett – vocals/percussion
Phil Churchill – vocals/guitar
Andrew Dale – vocals/bouzouki/banjo/mandolin