The Once is Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill. The Newfoundland-based folk trio's story began five years ago, when the band released their 2009 self-titled, award-winning debut, which was funded by a stranger at a show who was so impressed that he offered them $5,000 to make the album. It was released by the Canadian label Borealis Records, as was its follow-up Row Upon Row Of The People They Know, for which they received the Juno nomination. They caught the attention Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride at the Vancouver CelticFest, who offered them a label deal shortly after. They released new album Departures in summer 2014, and joined label-mate and friend Passenger on his world tour.