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THE ONCE - Row Upon Row Of The People They Know

THE ONCE - Row Upon Row Of The People They Know
Borealis Records  BCD212

The Once are an award-winning band from Newfoundland and this is their second album. I hear that their first one gained them a lot of respect in their homeland, and this one could well do the same wherever it’s heard.

Their line-up is Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, who between them play bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar, as well as singing.  Lead singer Geraldine Hollett has an attractively earthy voice and knows how to handle a lyric. She makes a fine job of Song For Memory, from which the title of the album is taken.  It was originally a poem by George Gregory, which impressed the band enough to make them turn it into a song. Poems into songs don’t always work, but this one does, most successfully. It’s a lovely tear-jerker, at least it jerked tears from me, and it may do from you.

The Once are worth a listen, more than once.

Roy Harris

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This album was reviewed in Issue 92 of The Living Tradition magazine.