The PaperboysCeltic bluegrass stompin' pop from Vancouver BC. Share
The Paperboys are a five piece band from Vancouver, Canada, who bring the traditional sounds of the fiddle, accordion , flute, mandolin, and banjo together with the energy of the guitar, bass and drums to deliver a unique Celtic, bluegrass, folk, pop blend which they describe as STOMP. The Paperboys will play a free, in-store performance at Elderly Instruments (1100 N. Washington, Lansing) at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 9. They will then play a full concert at the Ark in Ann Arbor beginning at 8:00 p.m. Their second album, Molinos, released in Canada and the United States on the Stony Plain label earned a 1998 Juno Award for Best Roots/Traditional Group and has sold over 12,000 copies to date. This band is moving upward with all the speed of a final reel at a ceilidh. The Paperboys were formed in 1992 by Tom Landa (lead vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin) shortly after he moved to Vancouver from Mexico City. In addition to bringing a Spanish flair to the music, Tom writes a majority of the songs, and fronts the band with charismatic style. The rhythm section consists of Englishman Paul Lawton (drums, bodhran, percussion) and Winnipeg's Cam Salay (five string banjo, bass), who adds the high energy of bluegrass with his fast and flashy banjo playing. Shannon Saunders, from Vancouver, plays the accordion, fiddle, viola, bass and piano. The fifth and most recent member is Japanese-American Hanz Araki (flutes, shakuhachi, penny whistles). In addition to studying the art of the shakuhachi while living in Tokyo, Hanz was a sought after session player on the Seattle scene before becoming a permanent Paperboy. The band's high energy shows have become a favorite wherever they play, winning over not only fans and critics, but club owners and promoters as well. Combining great music with big fun, blistering reels, Cajun and pop tunes, they pack dance floors and sell out 500 to 1200 seat venues. The Paperboys have played the main stages at major festivals such as the Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals, Bumbershoot in Seattle, the Milwaukee Irish Fest, Wintergrass, and Toronto's Harbourfront, to name just a few. The Paperboys have ten North American tours behind them, performing more than 450 shows over the last two years alone. They have a dedicated following at the grass roots level, with over 8000 subscribers on their mailing list. The band achieved its initial success without the aid of a record company or even a booking agent, forming their own label, Stompy Discs and a management/booking agency, Stomp Productions. The success of their first independently released album titled Late As Usual won the band a Juno nomination and built its reputation on college and campus radio. It was a Top Ten Indie seller on charts across Canada in 1995-96 selling more than 15,000 copies to date. Although they live in Vancouver, the band now has a Michigan address, as they are booked by Fleming & Tamulevitch, out of Ann Arbor. It was the band's endless touring and positive hard-working attitude that brought them to Fleming, Tamulevitch, the agency that has played such a significant part in bringing Ani DiFranco, among others, to international success.
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