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Music Editorial

theonce18.jpg Once more with feeling

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players and over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. They’re at Think Tank? Underground in January.

The story of The Once is one of growth, propelled by the rare chemistry that comes from a decade of writing and touring together. Their songs have been placed in international film and television, they have YouTube videos with millions of hits, and there's a trail of trophy nominations and wins from the East Coast Music Awards, the Canadian Folk Awards, and the JUNO Awards in their wake. Geraldine Hollett's voice is a large part of the band's ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build. The trio's instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what's left of it. 2018’s ‘Time Enough’ album is their best yet – a real revelatory release – and I imagine it’s going to sound extra special when heard live.

The Once, Tuesday 22 January, Think Tank? Underground, Times Square, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £9. skiddle.com