THE ONCE – Juno Nominees Head East


Posted: March 28, 2012

Hot on the heels of their Juno nomination for ‘Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group’, for their Borealis/Universal album ‘Row Upon Row of the People They Know’, Newfoundland band, the Once, will be headlining some amazing shows in Eastern Canada.

the Once In just three years, the folk trio has gone from playing after dinner theatre in Trinity, NL, to major national and international tours.  In the past year they have headlined shows right across Canada, Britain, Ireland, Denmark and most recently, Australia.

The Once have captured the country’s attention with their heartfelt delivery of both original and traditional Newfoundland songs. ‘Row Upon Row…’ is their second full length album and was released on Borealis Records in early October. Based on the classic folk trios of the sixties, the band marries Americana and indie-folk sounds with the traditional flavours of Newfoundland. The result is something both calm and majestic, a side of Newfoundland music rarely heard outside its Island home.

Row Upon Row of the People They Know‘Row Upon Row of the People They Know’ is made of pieces of the three of us as individuals over kitchen tables full of tea and happiness and pressure and frustration. It’s each of us putting ourselves out there in front of each other like we’ve never done,” explained singer and guitarist Phil Churchill.  “It’s the first step towards becoming the band we want to be rather than the band we’re expected to be.”

With the album topping best-seller lists across the country and under growing demand as a live act, the band is delighted with their Juno recognition.

“This nomination feels like nothing we’ve felt before. We’ve always been humbled and delighted by any recognition, but this is extra-special,” said Andrew Dale, who along with Geraldine Hollett and Phil, makes up the trio known as the Once.

the Once“We wanted people to recognize more of ourselves, all three of us in this record. It’s a much better representation of us, and how we want to progress as a band. We felt this was an important next step, and we are delighted that people have connected with that. We hope this will be the start of something that will last for a while.”

While audiences in Hampton, Fredericton and Knowlton, QC will be witnessing the band’s unique rapport for the first time, they will be playing to growing crowds in the Ottawa region and Halifax.

Eastern Canada Tour Dates:

April 13: Hampton, NB Vintage Bistro

April 14: Fredericton, NB Charlotte Street Arts Centre (506) 260-3041

April 15: Moncton, NB East Coast Music Awards Show

April 16: Halifax, NS The Carleton

April 21: Peterborough, ON Market Hall, Folk Under the Clock

April 22: Ingersoll, ON Stonecroft Folk House Concerts

April 25: Wakefield, QC The Blacksheep Inn

April 26: Knowlton, QC Theatre Lac Brome

April 27: Burnstown, ON Neat Coffee Shop

April 28 & 29: Sharbot Lake Sharbot Lake County Inn


For more with The ONCE check out...

Your ECMA Group of the Year (video),

Our 1st feature Part 1 – The Interview, Part 2 – “Coming Back to You” acapella, Part 3 – How Well Do You Know Your Homeland – NL Trivia,

Artist Playlist - Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale


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