Monday, Aug. 7 – The Paperboys – world/roots/dance
(live on CHFR, AIUP, mentor for the Career Development Practicum for Emerging Musicians, concert at the farm)
The Paperboys are led by Tom Landa, who some of you will have seen as the frontman for Locarno and the BC World Music Collective at the Hornby Festival over the past few years. The Paperboys is perhaps Landa’s best know and most popular band. Be ready to dance if you like dancing. They play Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. They give healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and the band has been known to throw in a little Reggae. Of course, they also have strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although they are by no means a funk band. It is mostly acoustic although they also like electric guitars. It is Singer-Songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. They have a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but they are by no means traditional. They rock incredibly hard and their music is extremely danceable, but that is not to say it can’t be mellow and slow and beautiful. It can be heart breaking, but also joyous. It is World Roots Music. It’s POP music. It is GOOD music. As Rock n Reel Magazine writes, “It defies labeling, but hey, who cares, it is just brilliant music!” The Paperboys are made up of Tom Landa on vocals, guitar and multiple instruments, original member Geoffrey Kelly (Spirit of the West) on flute/whistles, Kalissa Landa on fiddle/vocals, Brad Gillard on bass/banjo, drummer Sam Esecson, and saxophonist Kareem Kandi.