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Newfoundland trio will wow Swift Current with their harmonies

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Named for a unique Newfoundland phrase that means 'imminently', now is definitely the time for The Once.


This folk trio has been making a name for themselves over the past few years, and will be bringing their beautiful three-part harmonies to Swift Current on March 6, as part of this year's Blenders music series.
Although the trio is based out of St. John's, Newfoundland, their sound doesn't stem from the noisy pubs and dockside taverns that fuel so much of the province's energy. Instead, The Once embraces a different vision of Newfoundland music. Based around their harmonies, the group's music comes from a quieter and more thoughtful place.
The band started as just three actor friends who also loved to sing together, but they gained a gradual but fervent following after the release of their debut album. Since then, The Once has won several East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Music awards, and the rest of the country is beginning to recognize the talent of these three artists.
As a trio, the band has kept it uncomplicated – depending on the power of their voices and acoustic instruments. With lead singer Geraldine Hollett's stunningly expressive vocals accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bouzouki, they create a perfect blend of voice and melody.
Their lyrics share the same honesty and intimacy as their music. The title of their latest album comes from a poem by poet George Murray, a poem that so inspired them that they built a song around it. Speaking to the power of words and music to freeze time and emotions, to make small moments large and large moments small, the songs on the album are both personal and expansive at the same time.
Hope and tragedy are intertwined in their music – whether they are singing an old lament from World War I, original songs that speak of love defeated, or tasteful songs from the artists whose music inspires them. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes funny, always poignant, The Once sound like nothing else that has ever come from Newfoundland.
The Once will be performing at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on March 6, with doors opening at 7p.m. and music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are only $30, and can be purchased at Pharmasave or by contacting Shann at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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