Newfoundland, Canada, has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story.

With the release of critically acclaimed fourth album Time Enough earlier this year, East Coast Music Award winners The Once swap the wide open spaces and rocky shoreline of their beautiful homeland and make themselves at home among the oak trees and lawns of Cornbury Park, Charlbury, for Wilderness festival.

Within the nine songs on their new album Time Enough, The Once offer some of the most vulnerable and honest material of their career. The up-­tempo album opener, I Can’t Live Without You, reflects on women battling with self-­‐image issues and offers wise words to be the positive change in their own lives.

The gritty guitar driven Before The Fall succumbs to the notion that we must accept our past and use those memories to grow. Riff rocker Any Other Way reflects the fact that true love accepts us at our worst but insists we do the work to be our best selves to keep it together.

On this, their fourth studio album, the band stays true to the root strength of their harmony driven sound, while extending the borders into fresh yet familiar territory. They craft a sonically understated, but emotionally fulsome sound that accomplishes what they’ve always done so well: stun listeners with perfect vocal harmonies, thick enough to stand on.

“We approached Time Enough with an open heart and on open mind. We composed apart and came together to Once-­up the new material,” says lead singer Geraldine Hollett of the writing process.

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“We are pretty tough customers so it was scary bringing so much guts to the table, but over the years we have earned and accepted one another’s trust. This album is special because of it.”

Since first hitting the road in 2009, The Once have built something unique within their genre, and something rare within the fan base that keeps them growing and going strong and they do not take that fan base for granted.

“We give all we got to them because we know we can’t do what we want to do if they’re not with us,” says Hollett, whose voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound.

If you’re heading to Wilderness, do not miss them.