Mexican-Irish Americana comes to Raheen House for Bank Holiday

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Clonmel World Music is serving up Mexican-Irish Americana for its next highly anticipated serving which takes place in Raheen House on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3.

Clonmel World Music is serving up Mexican-Irish Americana for its next highly anticipated serving which takes place in Raheen House on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3.

The Paperboys, formed by Mexican-born Tom Landa in the mid 1990s in Vancouver, are a stunning live band who will be travelling to Clonmel with an entourage of 20 people from California for this not-to-be missed show.

Tom Landa 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 seven albums, countless tours of North America and Europe, TV and movie appearances, movie scores, industry accolades, rave media reviews, 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 in 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 it has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition but it’s by no means traditional.

It is very definitely ‘world music’.

It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over and is one of the best multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre-bending band you will hear today!

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 since it’s 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. Although there are many common threads and themes on their albums, not one of their albums sounds the same.

It is a sign of a band with a musical curiosity that won’t rest on past success or a formula.

The Paperboys are a stunning live band and Clonmel World Music are very exited about hosting them.

They will play live on the Pat Kenny Radio 1 show on Thursday May 30. Doors for the gig in Raheen House on Monday June 3 will open at 8pm.

There will be no support act, and the band will start at 9pm prompt.

This ensures the gig will finish before 11pm.

Tickets are only €15 each and are available in Premier Music Centre, Clonmel on 052 6129811, from Gerry Lawless on 086 3389619, and from Martha Beardmore on 087 9107201.

Ticket sales are going extremely well, so don’t delay.