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Al Tuck - The Once - On Atlantic Airwaves - Saturday November 26, 2011

On this Saturday's edition of the program we have two features - Al Tuck and his new release 'Under Your Shadow' - and - The Once with their new release 'Row Upon Row And The People They Know'.
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"Living legend Al Tuck is on a prolific tear and there's a superb quality to the quantity of his output, as evident on this gorgeous, unexpected record. After going years without easily accessible new albums, Tuck's affairs have been in particularly great shape since 2010′s Food for the Moon, his most cohesive and brilliant release until now. His focus remains sharp on Under Your Shadow, another gorgeous collection from one of the keenest minds in all of songwriting. The musical accompaniment is sparse and tasteful, performed with the deepest sense of craft and innovation, yet steeped in folk and blues traditions, where its sophistication might easily be underestimated. The focus though is on Tuck's cool, alluring voice and playfully dark, endearing lyrics, which help songs like "Slappin' the Make on You" (produced by Joel Plaskett), "Every Day Winning," and "Ducktown" charmingly cut a rug through your mind. One of a kind, Al Tuck's genius is brightly exhibited on Under Your Shadow." - Vish Khanna, Exclaim! Magazine

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Since their first album was released in August 2009, The Once have seen exploding success. They've got four Music NL awards, two East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards on their mantelpieces; have played on national radio programs and at Atlantic Canada House during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and have shared the bill on an Irish tour with Juno-winning singer/songwriter Amelia Curran. It was a labour of love, of growth and of adventure, Andrew Dale, Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill said, that saw them taking more risks than on their first, self-titled album, and a huge step forward in their career. "The first record -- and we love it, we're not writing it off as a lesser work -- was, in a lot of ways, a much safer record in terms of material," Dale explained. "It was songs that we were comfortable with and we stuck with that, whereas with this album we really pushed ourselves to create something new." It comes down to being more comfortable and trusting in their own abilities, each other and the managing team and record label behind them, the trio says.

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