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Award-winning Canadian trio support Passenger on UK tour
If you are seeing Passenger in concert over the next few weeks make sure you arrive at the venue in time to see support act The Once.

The Newfoundland-based threesome have been making waves in their native Canada, collecting a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards and earning a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album for their second release, Row Upon Row Of The People They Know.

The Once, Departures
On tour with Passenger: The Once

The band, Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill, have just released their new album, Departures, which they are showcasing on their UK dates with Passenger.

Geraldine supplies the Alison Krauss/ Emmylou Harris-style vocals, while Andrew and Phil offer guitars, mandolins, banjos and even a bouzouki to build a rich musical tapestry.

The Once, Departures
Musical tapestry: The Once

They made their first album in 2009, the result of a stranger at one of their shows giving them $5,000 to record the music he'd heard. It was a great success, as was follow-up, Row Upon Row Of The People They Know, for which they received the Juno nomination.

A Christmas CD was released in 2012, then Nettwerk Records' boss Terry McBride saw them perform at the Vancouver CelticFest and signed them to make Departures.

The Once, Departures

Their first two albums consisted mainly of traditional folk songs or reworked tunes by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Queen and the Strawbs. Departures, however, features more original compositions.

Geraldine says it reflects the group "feeling more confident to do what we want" but there are still some interesting covers including the Elvis Presley hit Can't Help Falling In Love and the Newfoundland standard, Sonny's Dream.

Passenger/ The Once UK tour dates:

Nov 15: O2 Academy, Bristol;
Nov 16: The Great Hall, Cardiff;
Nov 18: O2 Academy, Birmingham;
Nov 19: O2 Academy, Manchester;
Nov 22: O2 Academy, Dublin;
Nov 23: Waterfront Hall, Belfast;
Nov 25: O2 Academy, Glasgow;
Nov 26: Usher Hall, Edinburgh;
Nov 27: O2 Academy, Newcastle;
Nov 29: O2 Academy, Leeds;
Nov 30: Rock City, Nottingham;
Dec 3: UEA, Norwich;
Dec 4: Exchange, Cambridge;
Dec 7/8: Hammersmith Apollo, London.

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Why? The chance to hear an award-winning Canadian folk trio
When: November 18, 2014
Phone: 0121 622 8250 (Birmingham O2 Academy)
Where: Birmingham O2 Academy
Cost: £22.50
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