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, earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album, and just recently won the 2014 MusicNL Award for Group of the Year and The Telegram Folk/Roots Recording of the Year.
On August 5, 2014, the trio (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) released ‘Departures’ – their first album on Nettwerk Records. The songs themselves often touch upon a sense of departure – whether it is in a tribute to someone who has died (“The Town Where You Lived”), a tale of murder (“The Nameless Murderess”), a tune about leaving someone (the breakup ode “Fool For You”), or a song such as, “All the Hours” – an on-the-road love letter to a loved one left behind.
As Geraldine introduces, “Here is a video we shot on a day off in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC this past September. The song is about being away from home and feeling disconnected to the people that love you the most. The ones that are waiting for you to return. The special few that you bare your soul to. Sometimes the best thing to do when you feel that lost is to just go on home.”
The Once are currently on their first ever world tour as support for Passenger. See them live!