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Once

Once (Folk) Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Every song told a story Nov. 13 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoy listening to their CD! In fact, I enjoy it so much that I purchased one for a family member!
I had the opportunity to see The Once in concert, and they were great!

Every song told a story. That is what made this CD stand out for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful April 1 2013
By deb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard a song form this CD on the radio and knew that my Irish husband would love it. And he does.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cd March 10 2012
By KWhite
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite cds.....I keep it in my car at all times to listen to during my commute daily. I also have the new album which is a good album as well but this one is my favorite. A great buy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding debut album of neo-traditional folk music, often with a Celtic flavour June 23 2011
By Colin Spence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album comes from Newfoundland folk trio, The Once. All lead vocals are by Geraldine Hollett who has a striking voice - crystal clear and self-assured, but not over-powering; and a number of the tracks feature tremendous close harmonies from all three band members. The playing is by multi-instrumentalists Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale (no less than 12 different instruments played between them!), plus guest musicians. Several of the songs have a Celtic influence, and the band have the knack of making contemporary songs sound traditional, and traditional songs sound (slightly) contemporary.

On paper, this is a semi-acoustic album, but the non-acoustic instruments (electric guitar, electric bass and organ) are played sparingly as background accompaniment - this, together with 3 songs performed without the playing of any instruments at all, lends the album a strong acoustic character. Acoustic guitar, mandolin and bouzouki are featured most prominently - with violin, banjo and accordion introduced on selected songs. Rhythms are provided by drums/percussion/bodhran, acoustic guitar, bass and tambourine (and .... suitcase?!).

Although there are 12 tracks on the album, there are 14 songs because one track is an instrumental medley. 8 songs are by contemporary writers - including Leonard Cohen (2 songs), Tom Waits, Amelia Curran and Dave Cousins; the remainder are traditional English and Gaelic folk songs arranged by the band. 2 songs are sung a cappella with lead vocals and harmonies, 1 song is an a cappella solo by Geraldine, and 1 song is 'semi-a cappella' (lead vocals/harmonies supported by percussion). There's a good range of tempos with many songs having memorable lilting melodies of the 'traditional folksy' kind. I liked all of the songs and it's difficult to choose favourites, but 'Sail Away to the Sea', 'Maid on the Shore', 'Three Fishers', 'The Deserter', 'The Briar and the Rose' and 'Anthem' would definitely be amongst them.

Some may find the vocal styles of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen an acquired taste, but don't let this deter you from checking out this album - they are both fine song-writers and The Once interpret their songs in a manner which is fully consistent with the music on the rest of the album. If you like the kind of music from artists such as The Wailin' Jennys or Cara Dillon, then you should definitely give 'The Once' a listen - this is one of the most enjoyable folk albums that I've heard in recent years.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Newfoundland harmonies Nov. 12 2010
By TF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a terrific young band from Newfoundland, with a first-rate lead singer, gorgeous harmonies, and arresting cover versions of traditional and more contemporary songs. If you like Kate Rusby, Eliza Carty, Great Big Sea (in their more traditional modes), Irish Descendants, Ron Hynes, etc., give this a try. You will not be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs from the Island Dec 30 2010
By Larry Verburg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before I received this CD as a Christmas present from my wife, I had never heard of either the group or the Borealis Recording label. But I was pleasantly surprised when we played the CD Christmas afternoon. My wife had heard of the band and CD on Folk Alley, which we both listen to via the Internet. The Once reminds me a bit of the Rankin Family, also Canadians, but they are quite different, and have a unique, very clear sound that evokes the Irish tradition of their native Newfoundland. The band has won numerous Canadian music awards and certainly deserves a more international audience. (If you go to the Borealis Web site, you can preview the tracks.)
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding modern Canadian folk Nov. 26 2013
By Cinelawyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These are little known Canadian folk singers with a clear, modern sound and wonderful harmonies. A great mix of upbeat and moody songs, including spectacular covers of two Leonard Cohen songs, Coming Back to You and Anthem.
5.0 out of 5 stars irish style folk Oct. 17 2013
By Kayla Helms - Published on Amazon.com
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The lead singer has a beautiful voice and their music is folk style without sounding like country music, which I prefer. Also I love the incorporation of Irish folk songs.
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