The Paperboys

10/11/2017 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tickets from Brian:: 01652 649230



The Paperboys from Vancouver, last played Town Hall Live in September 2015.  It was one of our best ever concerts.  Now they bring back their adventurous vision of Canadian roots music back to the UK, spreading good cheer and great music.

The Paperboys formed in 1995 when Tom Landa moved to Vancouver.  They soon became a key part of the ever increasing wave of Canadian folk-rock bands that included The Duhks, The Bills and Great Big Sea.  The Paperboys, however, were a little bit different with Celtic fiddle, penny whistle, flute and trombone blazing through songs.  They included Spanish language songs that reflected Landa’s Mexican heritage and rock songs with strong pop influences.  Their’s was (is) a melting pot of sounds that included healthy savings, of Ska, Soca and Country and also strains of soul and funk.  Their music is singer songwriter based, courtesy of Tom’s open book writing.  He is a grass roots poet who loves to infuse his songs with dance hooks.

The current Paperboys line features Tom on vocals, guitar and multiple stringed instruments, original member Geoffrey Kelly on flute and whistles, Tom’s wife on fiddle and vocals, Brad Gillard on bass and banjo and Sam Esecson on drums.

In December 2016, to celebrate 20 years as a band, The Paperboys released a 20 track career spanning ‘Best Of’ album ‘Score’.  The CD contains that connect people and mean a lot to many folk the world over.

Live, The Paperboys are dynamic.  They are the best multi- lingual, multi- generational, multi- instrumental and genre bending band that you will ever hear.  They always deliver!

‘Supporting The Paperboys will be fellow Canadian, Sarah Jane Scouten.  In June this year Sarah Jane releases her latest full length album ‘When The Bloom Falls From The Rose’.  It finds Sarah at the top of her craft and is a illuminous body of work, one that shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of her life as a gifted song writer, scholar of roots music history and travelling musician.  With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and the McGarrigle’s, Sarah Jane’s songs are faithful to a long standing folk music tradition, but spill over into modern themes that are outspoken, observant and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue- in- cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.


Advance Tickets are priced at £13.50 and can be obtained from the OneStop store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from


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