The Paperboys | Shane Cook
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3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
What more perfect an evening could there be than with the Celtic / Latin revelry with Vancouver's Paperboys? Actually, Vancouver is only a part of their geography these days, with band members from Victoria, Seattle, Havana, and Olympia as well! Their music is just as cosmopolitan, yet deeply rooted in traditional music from many countries. Mexican son jarocho mixed in with Irish jigs and reels and a good dose of country and bluegrass with perhaps a dash of white boy reggae. Call it 'Guinness with a tequila chaser while listening to an Americana Jukebox'. Or 'a place where Irish, Mexican and roots music collide.' Of course, this multicultural mix is hardly surprising from a bilingual band, whose founding member is Mexican-Canadian and whose players cover a range of musical backgrounds from bluegrass to funk to traditional Scots and Irish music. "A lot has to do with where we're from" says lead singer Tom Landa. "Vancouver is a culturally diverse place which feeds what we do and the music we make."
Here's a quote from the band's web site that might put everything into perspective ... or not. "It is singer-songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition, but it's by no means traditional. It rocks incredibly hard and 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 never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope - but not in the 'Up With People' kind of way. It's not jazz, although we like jazz a lot. It's not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush and AC/DC. It's world roots music. It's pop music. It's GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!!"
A mix of Eagles laced alt-country, Tower of Power horns and gospel choirs, reminiscent of early Elton John and Van Morrison. — Americana UK Magazine
One of the most exciting bands to come out of the folk-roots corner — fRoots Magazine
If you don't believe a jig can shred, listen to The Paperboys. — Seattle Rocket
A Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook captivates audiences with technically thrilling and adventurous performances. Noted by The Canadian Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame as one of the “finest fiddlers in the world today,” Shane has distinguished himself as a master of the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition. He also enjoys playing and arranging everything from traditional Irish and Scottish music to pop and bluegrass.
As one of Canada’s most highly awarded fiddlers, Shane is a three-time Canadian Open National Champion and a three-time Canadian Grand Masters Champion. Shane is also the only foreign fiddler to win the US Grand National Championship, a feat he accomplished at just 17 years of age!
Shane leads his own group, Shane Cook and the Woodchippers, and performs regularly with several ensembles including Grammy-nominee Claire Lynch Band, The StepCrew, Allison Lupton Band, Brian Pickell Band and the PBS hit, Bowfire, having toured extensively in Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan. Shane resides in London, Ontario.
Environmental Initiative: Like many organizations, the Rogue is concerned about the environment. We are doing our best to separate and recycle wherever we can. We use compostable cups at all shows, and charge 25 cents for all cups (beer, wine and coffee). We encourage people to reuse their cups if they return to the bar for another beverage. We also invite you to bring your own cup or glass. Beer drinkers can choose to consume right out of the can. These may seem like small things, but they are an important contribution to cleaning up our planet.
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