The Once

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The Once
The Once band.jpg
The Once performing at Woody Point in 2012
Background information
OriginSt. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
GenresFolk music
Years active2004 – present
Associated actsAmelia Curran
MembersGeraldine Hollett
Phil Churchill
Andrew Dale

The Once is a folk trio based in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The group features Geraldine Hollett on lead vocals and vocalist-instrumentalists Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale playing a variety of instruments. The group performs a mix of original and traditional material and is noted for their three part harmonies, which are sometimes performed a cappella.[1]


The members of The Once met while taking part in a summer repertory theatre company in Trinity, Newfoundland.[2] In August 2009, they released an eponymous album on Borealis Records. In 2014, the group went on Passenger's Whispers Tour through the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.[3] The group also supported Passenger on his 2016 album, 'Young as the Morning Old as the Sea',[4] and his 2018 album, 'Runaway'.[5][6]



  • 2009 - The Once[1]
  • 2011 - Row Upon Row of the People They Know
  • 2012 - This is a Christmas Album
  • 2014 - Departures
  • 2016 - We Win Some We Lose (EP)
  • 2018 - Time Enough


  1. ^ a b c d Doug Gallant, "Debut album by The Once shows plenty of promise", The Guardian March 12, 2011 3.5/5 stars
  2. ^ a b "The Once, Beyond the Pale, both win two at Canadian Folk Music Awards". Nov 21, 2010 Waterloo Region Record
  3. ^ Espiritu, Camille (September 15, 2014). "Concert Review: Whispers Tour with Passenger | The Young Folks". The Young Folks. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
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  5. ^ Passenger, 'Runaway', Black Crow Records, 2018, album liner notes
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