Folk group The Once are a St. John’s based trio whose mastery of harmony is comparable to most people’s mastery of breathing.
Made up of Andrew Dale (The Cobblestones), Phil Churchill (Victory Cigarettes, Dance Party of Newfoundland), and the amazing Geraldine Hollett, the trio have sung and played their way into the limelight with a laid back and old school style of performance. They keep it simple: a couple of instruments, one microphone, and three incredible voices.
How good are they? Most recently they played the Lunenburg Folk Harbour festival. A festival designed for accomplished recording artists.
An even bigger shock came when performing their last set at the festival, when Churchill (also a very diverse comedic talent) was joking with the crowd saying that they take sponsors for a CD, all done in jest, prior to their closing tune. The joke soon turned real when, after the show, the festival organizer approached them saying a man wanted to pay for them to record a CD.
Dale was reduced to tears, Hollett’s eyes widened, and Churchill’s jaw dropped firmly to the stage.
A short time later they found themselves with a cheque for five thousand dollars. After contacting the gentleman who made the contribution, they offered to pay him back in full once they were in a position to. The man just replied, ‘no need, just do me one favour, if you’re ever able to help another artist? Pay it forward.’
The Once will be entering the studio this fall with a CD due out this winter. DS