Town Hall Live, Kirton–in-Lindsey have just one concert in November, when The Paperboys from Vancouver headline. They last played the venue in 2015 and now they are back with their adventurous vision of Canadian roots music 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 sound is a melting pot that includes healthy servings 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-up 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. Live, The Paperboys are dynamic. They are the best multi-lingual, multi-generational, multi-instrumental and genre-bending band that you will ever hear.
Support comes from fellow Canadian Sarah Jane Scouten, who is a headliner in her own right. Sarah Jane is a gifted song writer and scholar of roots music. Her songs are faithful to folk music tradition, but spill over into modern themes that are observant, outspoken and often tongue in cheek.
Advance tickets for the concert are priced at £13.50 and can be obtained from the OneStop store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets.com.
December’s concert is on Friday 8th when Lauren Housley brings her band to Kirton. As Town Hall Live regulars will testify, there are hints of blues, soul and rock in her performances and she has a warm, intense and enjoyable style that is all her own. Live she is breath-taking, not only has she a powerful voice, but her vocals come direct from the heart. The concert will feature a set from Lauren’s other project, Chorlton County Club, who play Americans and roots music. It will be some night. Advance tickets for this concert are also priced at £13.50.