Los Pacaminos with Paul Young

play Tex Mex

click their name to visit their own website Los-Pacaminos.com

Featuring El Hombre (Paul Young) (Wherever I Lay My Hat) Drew Barfield (Joe Jackson); Matt Irving accordian / keys (Squeeze / Manfred Mann's Earth Band); Mark Pinder drums (Paul Young); Steve Greetham bass (Julia Fordham); Jamie Moses guitar (SAS band / Pretenders / Brian May Band) and Melvin "The Wonderhorse" Duffy pedal steel (UK's premier pedal steel player)

Los Pacaminos (Pack Them In!!!!!!) play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion.

This is a Tequila fuelled Tex Mex party night as the Boom Boom Club becomes the perfect cantina setting for a great night's rocking with the cactus sharp, tequila filled, stetson wearing magnificent 7, Los Pacaminos!!!!!!!!

The name 'Los Pacaminos' may mean nothing to most music lovers in Britain, but the name of the one member of the band will be very familiar to pop fans throughout the world. For the leader of this Tex-Mex band is none other than one of Britain's finest vocalists, Paul Young. The seven-piece band features not only Paul, but also an array of some of the finest musicians in the business that have played with a galaxy of talent.

Although his is the best-known name in the band, this is not an evening of Paul Young singing his hits. Los Pacaminos is a self-contained band, with much of their own material and arrangements of Tex-Mex classics and Spanish songs.

Paul explains, "The Pacaminos started about seven years ago. I had left my record company, and was writing songs and looking for another record deal but I wanted to play live again. So I decided on Tex-Mex music, which was a style I always loved, and asked the musicians who also liked that style to join me. We all agreed it would be good to play in bars again for the pleasure, not for the success. Also I encourage everybody else in the band to sing because they all have their individual style. Now we are hoping to record ourselves as we have enough of our own material to complete an album.

Everybody in the band agrees that it is very therapeutic to play this kind of music; we all come off stage in good spirits and really enjoy each other's company. And Los Pacaminos? It means nothing! It's a nonsense phrase we chose, which is close to the term 'Pack 'em in', meaning the audience. Somebody told us it is similar to an Argentine name for street boys which is ok, too." And pack them in they certainly do as Cambria Arts Festival organiser Ron Dukelow can endorse "We already had we what we thought was a superb line-up of music for the festival audience, but we wanted something just a little bit special to put a cherry on the cake. So one evening, while looking through the music pages on the Internet, I came across Paul's homepage and discovered Los Pacaminos. Having been an admirer of Paul's voice ever since his days with the Q-Tips, and knowing the quality of the musicians with him, I thought it would make a great evening for the festival and complete a marvellous week."

For the uninitiated Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteño styles of Mexico and the country/blues sounds of South-western America. The band empathises with Ry Cooder, Flaco Jiminez, The Texas Tornadoes, Los Lobos, Sir Douglas Quintet, their set includes "Wooly Bully" the national anthem "La Bamba" and will even sometimes play "Speedy Gonzales" when the tequila works it's magic!

Drew Barfield adds "This kind of music makes a little more sense when you have a few shots of Tequila inside you, it is real bar- room stuff, foot stompers, not too many slow songs; a real party atmosphere. The vocals, harmonies and musicianship are great too.It's a great show and great fun to play. So long as people don't expect Paul to starting singing his hits"