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Listen to The Once’s “We Are All Running” from Departures
June 16, 2014 – Nettwerk is pleased to announce the signing of folk trio The Once to its label roster. The Newfoundland-based band has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada, having collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album. In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland.
On August 5, 2014, the trio (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) will release their new album Departures, just a few days after embarking on a world tour opening for label-mate Passenger, which begins in North America on August 2nd before hitting Europe, Australia and Asia.
The Once is rooted in its essential musical elements – lead vocalist Hollett’s incandescent voice, the trio’s gorgeous harmonies and the spirited acoustic instrumentation supplied by Dale and Churchill. Hollett, who the Toronto Globe and Mail hailed as a “pure-voiced starlet,” is a captivating, compassionate singer who has brought comparisons to such iconic Americana stylists as Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris. Dale and Churchill, both talented and versatile players, utilize guitars, mandolins, banjos and even a bouzouki to build a rich musical tapestry.
The Once’s story began five years ago, when the band released their 2009 self-titled, award-winning debut, which was funded by a stranger at a show who was so impressed that he offered them $5,000 to make the album. It was released by the Canadian label Borealis Records, as was its follow-up Row Upon Row Of The People They Know, for which they received the Juno nomination. The band self-released a Christmas CD in 2012 and still had that independent spirit when they started this new album. They caught the attention Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride at the Vancouver CelticFest, who offered them a label deal shortly after.
The Once are the latest addition to the Nettwerk label roster, which also includes Passenger, Sinead O’Connor, Boy & Bear, Frazey Ford, The Paper Kites, Run River North, Madi Diaz and many more.
North American Tour Dates (w/ Passenger and Stu Larsen)
Sat, Aug 2 Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre (sold-out)
Sun, Aug 3 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Tue, Aug 5 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
Wed, Aug 6 Washington, DC @ Echostage
Fri, Aug 8 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Wed, Aug 13 Boston, MA @ House of Blues (sold-out)
Thur, Aug 14 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis (sold-out)
Sat, Aug 16 Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy (sold-out)
Sun, Aug 17 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew Hall
Tue, Aug 19 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Wed, Aug 20 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe @ Old National Center (sold-out)
Fri, Aug 22 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
Sun, Aug 24 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sat, Aug 30 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Sun, Aug 31 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (sold-out)
Wed, Sept 3 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (sold-out)
Sat, Sept 6 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
Sun, Sept 7 Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl (sold-out)
Tue, Sept 9 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Thur, Sept 11 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
Sat, Sept 13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern (sold out)
Sun, Sept 14 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (sold out)
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We are so friggin’ proud to have had a hand in making this beautiful record, not to mention excited to be joining Mike Rosenberg on Passenger’s upcoming world tour! Tickets are going fast…check out our shows page for more details.
St. John’s, NL – Newfoundland folk/roots group, the Once, are about to embark on an amazing journey, spending much of the year touring the world with chart-topping artist, Passenger. The Once has been steadily building audiences in Canada and abroad and now their upcoming tour with Passenger will take them onto some of the biggest stages in the world.
The Once are supporting and performing with Passenger at all of his headlining concerts this year. The tour begins in Atlanta on August 2, continues into Europe and the UK in the fall, and concludes in January with dates in Australia and the Far East. Highlights include famous venues such as the Vic Theatre in Chicago, First Avenue in Minneapolis, the Olympia in Paris, and the Apollo Theatre in London, England.
The relationship between Passenger and the Once began with a chance meeting at a festival in Glasgow, Scotland, where both acts were taping a radio show.
“It would seem our mothers were wrong about getting into vans with strange bearded men and heading to hotel rooms in foreign countries,” explains singer and instrumentalist Phil Churchill. “If not for our reckless ‘yes’ to Mike Rosenburg’s request in a cold church basement in Glasgow, we would not have become Passenger’s passengers on the greatest ride the Once has recorded to date.”
On that cold January afternoon, Passenger (aka Mike Rosenberg), was just beginning his stratospheric rise to the top of the world’s pop charts. He invited the Once to sing with him in an informal video he was making of his own musical journey. The musicians became friends, and as Passenger’s song ‘Let Her Go’ topped radio charts around the world, they talked of working and singing together on future projects. In January of 2014, The Once flew to Australia to record vocals for his new album, and the trio appears in his new video for the song ‘Whispers’.
“It was an intense and amazing experience,” says Once lead singer Geraldine Hollett. “Mike is a fantastic guy. He is serious about the business, like ourselves. We worked and worked harder than we ever have and in the end he asked us to go on tour with him.”
Although the two acts have very different backgrounds, they found much in common through a shared love of the warmth of acoustic instruments, the ability to tell stories, and an approach to music that places sincerity above all else.
“Passenger has an honesty, a humility, a humanity in his music that will make you a better person whether you want to be or not…it’s poignant, it’s romantic…you can march or make out to it…or both,” says Churchill.
The band is excited for the travel and the renowned venues, but also for the chance to work with someone they consider a friend and fellow traveller.
“Passenger makes you a better singer, better player and better person when you’re in the studio with him,” explains Churchill. “He’s funny, he’s caring, he’s accommodating, he’s encouraging, he’s complimentary…he’s all of the things that far too many people at that level feel they no longer have to be because they have made it to that level. They’re wrong. He’s right.”
The Once are currently putting the finishing touches on a new album of their own with producer John Critchley in Toronto, for worldwide release later this year.
Scroll down to the next news story to watch the Once in Passenger’s video, “The Way That I Need You,”.
Hey. It’s almost spring. Can’t believe it. Ok. There’s another month yet. Just seems like time is flyin by. It’s ok though. I think we are livin pretty good.
We were supposed to be in the studio in January but something cool happened that changed our plans a wee bit. We got an offer to go to Australia to sing on our friend Mike Rosenberg’s album instead.
We met Mike last year in Glasgow, Scotland when we were there for Celtic Connections. We were singing in a church turned Radio station (for the day). Mike came in with his entourage and caught us singing. He introduced himself and said he liked our sound. He sang and we liked his sound. He asked us if we wanted to pop up to Edinburgh to do a video. We had a day off so we did.
Brilliant day. It was a super hectic, fun day.
Here’s the vid we did. Oh! His stage name is Passenger.
When we got back to Canada we looked him up online. Just after we met him his single “Let Her Go” had just under 7 million views on YouTube. Today, only one year later it has over 200 million views. Haha. Ridiculous.
Anyway the guy is awesome. He asked us to pop over to Australia and be part of his upcoming album. So we said yes and put ours on hold. Who wouldn’t?
But now it’s Feb. We are in Toronto at Green Door Studios gettin this album fan ready. We can’t wait to release the album this summer. Cross your fingers.
Take care everyone. Thanks to you all for your constant support and love.
Here’s a new pic taken by Renita Fillatre
For many in Newfoundland, these concerts have become a beloved highlight of the season, as the band blends old and new Christmas music with friends and special guests in an evening full of seasonal warmth and good humour.
In Corner Brook the band will be performing at the Arts & Culture Centre on December 4, just before they bring their Christmas shows to Toronto, Ottawa and the Maritimes. The St. John’s shows will be held on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22 at Gower Street United Church, just in time to kick off the Yuletide celebration. All shows in Newfoundland will start at 7:30 pm, with doors open at 6:30.
During these special concerts the band will be performing music from their hit album ‘This is a Christmas Album by the Once’. In St. John’s the band will be joined by actor, playwright and raconteur Robert Chafe, as well as master traditional musicians Emila Bartellas and Aaron Collis, while Corner Brook will see them joined by some old friends.
Tickets for the St. John’s shows will be available at Fred’s Records and O’Brien’s Music on Tuesday Nov. 5, while tickets for Corner Brook are available now at the Corner Brook Arts & Culture Centre box office.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, we are so very grateful to be nominated for TWO MusicNL awards – CBC Entertainer of the Year and the Telegram Folk/Roots Group of the Year! With fans like you, we feel like we’ve already won : ) Check out the full list of nominees here.
We’re also thankful to be spending a long weekend at home surrounded by our loving friends and family; it has been such a busy summer! What have we been up to? Well…
In June, we played the Montreal Folk Festival alongside The Sadies and Roger McGuinn (The Byrds). Then we traveled to PEI for the Festival of Small Halls and headed further west to perform at the Canterbury Folk Fest and the Celtic Roots Festival. In September, were also treated to good eats and great company at the Roots Rants & Roars festival in Elliston, NL (http://rootsrantsandroars.ca). And in between, we stopped into Nashville to play some music for our neighbors to the South!
Now that we’re home, we’re taking time this fall to work on new material for our next album that will be ready this spring. In the meantime, fans of The Once might want to stop into Fred’s or O’Brien’s Music and pick up our Christmas record, This is a Christmas Album; there’s no better way to fill the house with the holiday spirit (and it makes a great stocking stuffer too!). We’ll be stopping in Saint John, Oakville, London, Toronto, Ottawa, and St. John’s (among other places) on our special holiday tour this December – see our “shows” page for more details.
Last, but certainly not least, we are honoured to be playing with Newfoundland’s own symphony orchestra in early November. The experience of collaborating with the NSO will surely be indescribable – best to come out and share in the moment!
We can’t believe it’s over.
We have just returned home from touring two months steady. England, Scotland,
Ireland, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and Alberta. Each
town, each city, each Province, Territory and Country had its own charm. Each
treated us like gold. Each had amazing crowds singing along to Newfoundland
music, our music. We kid you not when we say an ugly stick made an appearance.
We simply had the best time and we can’t wait to do it all again. But first, a
The Once will be in Western Canada and Ontario through February and the first week of March. All shows are now on sale with some still to be announced. Visit the SHOWS page for a listing of the when and wheres.
The two The Once Christmas concerts in St. John’s were recorded by CBC Radio, we had a great time at all the Christmas shows so far, and hope you will enjoy checking them out on the radio.
Dec 19, Canada Live 7.30 pm NT, CBC Radio 2
Dec 22, The Performance Hour 5.35 pm NT, Radio 1
Dec 24, 9.35 pm, CBC Radio 1
Dec 25, 10.35 pm, CBC Radio 2