Paul Young's Los Pacaminos riding into town

Los Pacaminos, a Tex-Mex band featuring singing star Paul Young, will be riding into town on Saturday, November 28 to play at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas.

Los Pacaminos, a Tex-Mex band featuring singing star Paul Young, will be riding into town on Saturday, November 28 to play at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas. What Where When editor John Gregory spoke to Paul about the band which contains some fine musicians.


FOR those who may not know, Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteno styles of Mexico and the country/blues sounds of South-Western America.

But if you are still not sure what that sounds like then don't worry – just expect one big party atmosphere featuring plenty of lively music!

Los Pacaminos are being brought to the Isle of Man for the first time later this month by Jonno Gollow of JonnoPromotions.

>> Click the play icon to the right to listen to John Gregory's interview with Paul Young

They are a seven piece band of well established musicians which formed 17 years ago, Paul explained.

'Whenever we can we get together and play this Tex-Mex music because it is such a lot of fun to play and I think that infectiousness comes off the stage.

'It is one of many types of music that I have got in my collection. Unlike Cuban music, where you have to have a degree in musicology to be able to play it, Tex-Mex is a little bit more on the simple side!'

Paul added: 'When you listen to good music it is almost like taking a holiday, if you close your eyes you can put yourself in a different place. Tex-Mex music has got that, it so inherently comes from the South West of America it has just got that feel about it.

'We love it. When we play and someone is playing a good solo we are just watching each other, it is never the same, because they are all hard working musicians their minds are very sharp and they have all got a great sense of humour.

'For me, musically, to go and do this has improved my musicianship in so many areas and it has opened up avenues to me, for instance writing an instrumental. Being a solo singer that's not a job I would ever get to do, but being in the Pacaminos I can write instrumentals, I can sing back up vocals for somebody else. My guitar playing has improved and my songwriting has improved.

'Before I would contribute mainly lyrics and a little bit of music whereas now I contribute all the way through.

'I was always a reluctant solo star, I didn't go looking for it, it came to me and so I took it but if you asked me what I prefer, I prefer to be in a band with a bunch of people I like.'

He also loves the camaraderie of being in a band: 'We like to play somewhere where we can all get in a van and travel together because it doesn't happen that often. We quite often make our own way to these gigs but nothing is better than all travelling in one vehicle.'

In addition to Paul – who is known for his solo hits such as Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) and his classic cover of Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over – the band features:

Drew Barfield: guitar/vocals. From A&M signings The Keys and The Big Heat, his song-writing credits include Go West, Joe Jackson, Paul Young and Level 42.

Melvyn Duffy: pedal steel. Described as probably the finest young pedal steel guitar player in Britain, his credits include Jimmy Nail, Leo Sayer, and Deana Carter while his most recent tour was with Robbie Williams.

Steve Greetham: bass/vocals. Has worked with Joan Armatrading, Paul Young, Julia Fordham and Chris De Burgh.

Matt Irving: keyboards/accordion/vocals. Has played with a whole host of artists including Lords Of The New Church, Paul Young, Squeeze, Chris Rea, Jools Holland, Roger Waters and Manfred Mann.

Jamie Moses: guitar/vocals. An accomplished session player, he's worked with Queen and the Brian May Band, The Pretenders, Mike And The Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Mica Paris, Tony Hadley, Pete Townsend, Karl Wallinger, Paul Rodgers and Dave Stewart.

Mark Pinder: drums/percussion. Several renowned cult acts claimed Mark's services, including the Vampire Bats From Lewisham and Zaine Griff, before he headed off to join Paul Young and Alison Moyet.

There will be local support by Celtic duo Strengyn.

Tickets, priced 20 for the dress circle and 18 for the stalls, are on sale from the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, Douglas, by ringing 600555 and online at

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