It’s a long time to be in the newspaper business.
For 25 years, The Paperboys have toured the world, lighting up stages with their freewheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots.
They’ve won a Juno, two West Coast music awards, released nine albums and have became a favourite at festivals across Canada.
Now their “route” has brought them to Osoyoos and the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre as part of the Osoyoos Concert Series.
The six-member group plays the OSS Theatre tonight at 7 p.m.
The Paperboys are Tom Landa on vocals, guitar and jarana (Mexican guitar), original member Geoffrey Kelly on flute/whistles, Kalissa Landa on fiddle/vocals, Brad Gillard on bass/banjo, drummer Sam Esecson, and trombonist Nick La Riviere.
Despite a quarter-century of success, Tom says the intimacy of connecting with fans is what inspires him most.
“What means more to me than anything else is to receive letters, emails, or hear stories from people who tell me that our songs helped them through a tough time, or that they used one of our songs for their wedding, or that an album of ours was the soundtrack of their summer,” said Tom Landa, the group’s leader.
“At the end of the day, accolades are nice, but they are nothing compared to connecting with people.”
Tickets for The Paperboys are still available in advance for $23 at Mills Office Pro in Osoyoos or Sundance Video in Oliver. Rush seating at the door this evening is $25.