The sound of Mexican-Irish Americana comes to Clonmel

Canadian band The Paperboys play Raheen House Hotel in Clonmel next Monday night, June 3.
Clonmel World Music proudly presents The Paperboys at Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel next Monday, 3rd June.

Clonmel World Music proudly presents The Paperboys at Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel next Monday, 3rd June.

The Paperboys were formed by Mexican-born Tom Landa in the mid 1990s in Vancouver. Tom had a vision of forming a band that fused folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with pop and rock. He was armed with a dozen of self-penned tunes and a lot of drive and ambition. After finding a group of musicians who shared common musical interests, they recorded their first CD and set to tour across Canada in a used van they bought for $500. What has happened since is 7 albums, countless tours of North America and Europe, TV and movie appearances, movie scores, industry accolades, rave reviews by press and media and several music awards including Canada’s version of The Grammys, the JUNO Award.

The Paperboys music defies classification. It is Mexican Son Jarocho mixed with Irish jigs and reels and a good dose of country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of ska and African highlife. It also has strains of soul, pop and funk. It is mostly acoustic, although they also like electric guitars. It is definitely folk music and has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic) but it’s by no means traditional. It is World Roots Music. It’s pop music. It is good music.

The sound of the band has evolved a lot since the early days and these days it includes a horn section and digs deep into Tom’s Mexican heritage by adding Son Jarocho and Afro-Mexican grooves to the mix. The band’s true uniqueness is and has always been the live shows. It is here where the only opinion that matters is that of the fans that have been supporting The Paperboys since their inception. For the past 15 years The Paperboys have been selling out venues throughout the globe, without the aid of major labels or commercial radio play. It is word of mouth and independent print and radio that have fuelled the success of this band. This has made it possible for Tom and co to take musical chances and expand their musical horizons.

The line-up for the 2013 Irish Tour is Tom Landa (founder): guitar, jarana, vocals, piano, bass; Geoffrey Kelly: flute, whistles, bass, percussion; Sam Esecson: drums, percussion; Kalissa Hernandez: fiddle; Brad Gillard: banjo, bass and Greg Lyons: trumpet.

They will play live on the Pat Kenny Radio 1 show on Thursday, 30th May. The band are actually bringing 20 people with them from California to see them play in Clonmel.

Doors for the gig will open at 8pm. There will be no support act and the band will start at 9pm sharp.This ensures the gig will finish before 11pm. Tickets are only €15 each and are available in the Premier Music store, Clonmel on 052-6129811; from Gerry Lawless on 086-3389619; and from Martha Beardmore on 087-9107201.