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Success Has Been Chasing The Once

Since their inception in 2004 The Once has garnered Canadian Folk Music and ECMA awards, a pair of JUNO nominations and been named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council. During that time, constantly touring the North America, The U,K and Europe, they have actually been searching for their own sound.  The trio built their audience through their renditions of traditional folk tunes but with the release of their latest recording, “We Win Some We Lose”, they have added drums, electric guitars and keyboard, and put the emphasis on their original songs.

It seems as if fate has pulled them to this place.  They met a decade ago in Trinity, Newfoundland, three actors doing summer stock.  Geraldine Hollett’s voice is the pearl in the oyster, supported by the voices and instruments of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale.  They liked the sound they made together well enough to start gigging.  One day a stranger approached them, saying, “You sound great!  Here’s five thousand dollars.  Go make an album.”  So they did.