Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The Paperboys. For a quarter century, The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their freewheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. The band returns this November for a full UK tour. They will be playing The Slaughtered Lamb in London on November 1st.
The tour dates sees support from fellow Canadian musician Sarah Jane Scouten, who recently released new album When The Bloom Falls From The Rose, to great acclaim. The two bands recently collaborated, creating a beautiful cover of Neil Young’s song ‘Long May You Run’ – due for release on October 27th on Light Organ Records.
Having been described as everything from Cajun slam grass to world beat, they’ve received a Juno award (plus two further Juno nominations); and two West Coast Music Awards.
The Paperboys were formed in 1992 when Landa first moved to Vancouver, and have released nine full-length albums together. Although The Paperboys have made critically acclaimed records, they arethrough and through a live act. They shine most on stage. They have spent the last 25 years on the road playing all over North America and Europe, where they have developed a large following without the aid of a record labels. They have become a festival favourite, and have played at Bumbershoot, Vancouver Folk Fest, Edmonton Folk Festival, Tonder Festival, Folk Im Schloss, Trowbridge, Warwick Folk Festival, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre and The Kennedy Centre, to name a few.
Tom and the band have always had a DIY approach to their career and have been very successful at it. They have formed their own label, their own management and booking agency, created their own festivals, and forged their own path. They’ve ensured that they keep a connection to their fans, and their fans have always loved and supported them through every album, every line-up change and through every adventure.
Once again, The Paperboys are poised to bring their adventurous vision of Canadian roots music to festivals, dance halls and theaters everywhere, spreading good cheer and great music.
THE PAPERBOYS UK TOUR (with Sarah Jane Scouten)
Tuesday 31st October Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
Wednesday 1st November The Slaughtered Lamb, London
Thursday 2nd November Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Friday 3rd November Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Saturday 4th November The Talbot Theatre @ Whitchurch Leisure Centre
Sunday 5th November Guildhall, Lichfield
Monday 6th November La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
Tuesday 7th November Town Hall, Selby
Wednesday 8th November Victoria Hall, Settle
Thursday 9th November Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Friday 10th November Town Hall, Kirton in Lindsey
Saturday 11th November Globe Hall, Ireby
Sarah Jane Scouten
Following the critical success of new album When The Bloom Falls From The Rose (June 16th – Light Organ Records), two-time Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten returns to the UK for a headline tour this October, plus a string of dates in support of The Paperboys.
Observant, outspoken, and at the top of her craft, the new album is an luminous body of work; one that shines a light on the wind-whipped highway of Scouten’s life as a gifted songwriter, scholar of roots music history, and travelling musician. With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, Sarah Jane’s songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition, but often spill over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.
Following 2016’s EP (produced by Andy Bishop) as part one of Vancouver label Light Organ Records’ The Railtown Sessions; Sarah Jane teamed up with the label to produce full length record When The Bloom Falls From The Rose, recording in Toronto with veteran Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Jill Barber).
First single taken from the album Every Song I Sing (released in 2016) exposes the classic country soul of Sarah Jane, equally deeply personal and written for the listener, an anthem for when you’re sad, every sad song becomes about you. New single Bang Bang scales up the beat combining the retro feel of country-folk with bluesy rockabilly; bombastic, irreverent and smutty behind a thin veneer, Bang Bang may not make sense, but it plays in the lyrical freedom that comes with the blues.
SARAH JANE SCOUTEN 2017 HEADLINE TOUR
Tuesday 3rd October Cramlington Folk Club, Cramlington
Wednesday 4th October Woodend Creative, Scarborough
Thursday 5th October Black Swan Folk Club, York
Friday 6th October Argyle Cellar, Edinburgh
Saturday 7th October Music @ Craigie Folk Club, Scotland
Sunday 8th October Craigdarroch Arms, Monnaive, Scotland
Thursday 12th October Crail Folk Club, Fife
Friday 13th October Dorset Arms, East Grinstead
Saturday 14th October Wychood Folk Club, Oxon
Sunday 15th October Nest Collective, London
Monday 16th October The Doublet, Glasgow
Tuesday 17th October Leith Folk Club, Leith