Debut album by The Once shows plenty of promise

Doug Gallant
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Newfoundland and Labrador has a longstanding tradition of producing folk/roots artists who stand out from the crowd.

The list of artists who have helped perpetuate that rich tradition seems to go on and on.

John White, Art Stoyles, Figgy Duff, Ryan’s Fancy, Ron Hynes, Great Big Sea, The Irish Descendants, The Navigators, The Ennis Sisters and Fergus O’Byrne’s post-Ryan’s Fancy ensemble and A Crowd of Bold Sharemen are just a few of the names on that list.

And every few years yet another exceptional act surfaces to pick up that torch and carry it forward.

The act that has been making waves at home and abroad of late in that regard is a remarkable trio billed as The Once, who took their name from an old Newfoundland expression that means as soon as possible, right away, directly or in a short while.

Founded in 2004 when members Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale met while performing in a summer repertory theatre company in Trinity, The Once has been charming audiences and critics alike with a sound that draws from both centuries-old traditional music from the British Isles and more contemporary sources.

Organizations: Great Big Sea, The Guardian

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Trinity, British Isles Charlottetown

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