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Los Pacaminos £15adv

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PAUL YOUNG’S LOS PACAMINOS   On a bleak November day in London in 1993, Paul was pondering how to break the album/promotion/tour routine that to be honest, was becoming a little predictable after 10 years of being a solo performer. And anyways, he missed the camaraderie of just being a band member…. So he called around some of his friends and members of his previous line-ups through the years to find out who would be interested in forming a loose, relaxed Tex-Mex group for some impromptu gigs. This music, from the working class bars of West Texas, brought the atmosphere of the sun soaked expanse of the great state of Texas into a dingy rehearsal room seated beneath a massive flyover in West London.  This meeting of friends became a regular fixture and the good feeling generated by these rehearsals drove the momentum of the music forward.  Paul and the guys decided that it might be fun to play some local bars just for the hell of it.  Soon the band had formed into a regular six piece playing cover tunes by the likes of the Texas Tornados and Ry Cooder, and a few R&B standards given the Tex-Mex treatment. 

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The following year brought a further development when a young Melvin Duffy brought his virtuoso steel guitar playing to the Los Pacaminos table and the band was complete. The band started to play gigs all around London at this time and became favourites on the circuit. 

Now in their 21st year this band of friends are still playing the music they love.  Along the way, the songwriting developed to the point where the band’s first studio album was full of self-penned songs that lovingly captured the feel of life down by the Mexican border… That carry the atmosphere of a Texan working man’s bar on Friday night; payday for those field and oil workers who had emigrated to Texas from Scotland, Germany and Mexico and who brought their polkas and waltzes and love songs with them.

Now, never to be rushed (!), Los Pacaminos’ 2nd album is choc full of Border stories about unrequited love, dangerous love, I’ll-never-make-that-mistake-again love, it-was-never-gonna-work-anyways love, just plain ol’ real love, proud Texans, partying, and booze! All played out under a hot border sun…

So, put those blues to one side for the evening, forget the working week and join in the party atmosphere generated by Paul and the guys as they sing and play the music so deep in their hearts.  Come and have a beer and a tequila and kick up your heels.  Here’s a quick resume of the members who make up Los Pacaminos…………………

Vocals/Guitar/Bajo Sexto: Paul Young needs little introduction...from his days with Q-Tips to his number one solo hits "Wherever I Lay My Hat",

"Come Back and Stay", "Every Time You Go Away" and many others.

Paul has always been loved for his unique vocal style, his great personality and for making a jolly good mole sauce!

Guitar/Vocals: Drew Barfield From A&M signings The Keys and The Big Heat, Drew has written songs for Go West, Joe Jackson, Paul Young and Level 42.

Pedal Steel Guitar: Melvin Duffy Probably the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain. His credits include Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer and Deana Carter. Recent tours include Chris Difford and Robbie Williams, Dylan Le Blanc, The Water Boys and First Aid Kit.

Keyboards/Accordion/Vocals: Matt Irving.  Matt has performed with a whole host of artists including Roger Chapman, Lords Of The New Church, Paul Young, Squeeze, Chris Rea, Jools Holland, Roger Waters and Manfred Mann.

Guitar/Vocals: Jamie Moses  An accomplished session player who now also plays with Sir Tom Jones and Queen, he has worked with The Pretenders, Mike and the Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Tony Hadley, Pete Townsend and Dave Stewart to name but a few.

Bass: Steve Greetham Steve has worked with Joan Armatrading, Paul Young and Julia Fordham.


David Levy A fine bassist who has played with Rory Gallagher, Alison Moyet, Chris De Burgh and many others.

Drums/Percussion: Mark Pinder  Several renowned cult acts claimed Mark's services including the Vampire Bats before he headed off to join Paul Young and Alison Moyet.


Jim Russell An in-demand session drummer whose credits include Scotty Moore, Elvis Costello, The Human League and Bob Geldof.