MARCH/APRIL 2014 UK TOUR
They are playing: Thursday 27 March
The Backroom, 175a Hallgate, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4BB
Show 7.30pm Tickets £10 Tel 01482 847007 http://thebackroomcottingha.wix.com/thebackroom
“Whether they keep it a cappella or pile on layers of accordion, bouzouki, mandolin and guitar, each track is a treat. Geraldine Hollett’s strong, clear voice and the rich vocal harmonies of bandmates Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale brim with passion and warmth…It’s time for the rest of the country to listen up.”
Named for a unique Newfoundland phrase that means ‘imminently’, now is indeed the time for The Once. From their beginnings as three actors who also loved to sing together, The Once has embraced a different vision of Newfoundland music.
Their sound does not come from the noisy pubs and dockside taverns that fuel so much of the Island’s energy. Instead, their music comes from a quieter and more thoughtful place. Hope, tragedy and a sense of timelessness are intertwined in their music, whether they are singing laments from World War I, ancient ballads, or songs inspired by the struggles of sensitive people to come to grips with the world around them.
As a trio, the band has kept it uncomplicated, depending on the power of their voices and acoustic instruments. Lead singer Geraldine Hollett, has an instrument of rare power; she is a singer who can still a noisy room, a voice that can tell a novel-length story with a few words. Accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki, they create a perfect blend of voice and melody. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes funny, always poignant, The Once sound like nothing else that has ever come from Newfoundland.
Their albums have built a gradual but fervent following, and their live show is unique in its combination of intimacy and power. They have won numerous music awards, and the world is now waking up to just what an amazing band they are. Since they signed to Borealis Records (Proper) in 2010, they have toured throughout Canada, Australia, the US and Europe, drawing huge crowds and glowing reviews wherever they go. With the ground breaking Row Upon Row of the People They Know, The Once took their place amongst Canada’s finest performers.
They are currently recording a new album for release later this spring, but their UK audiences will be able to hear them before that. The band spent much of January in Australia with their friend Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, collaborating on the vocals for his soon to be released follow-up to the worldwide mega-seller All the Little Lights.
For Further Information www.theonce.ca