The Paperboys - Talking Heads, Southampton

THIS ever-evolving Canadian band produced some fine entertainment at The Heads. Led by singer and guitarist Tom Landa, the energetic five-piece played a typically eclectic set ranging from Celtic reels and laid-back country rock reminiscent of The Eagles, to Latin rhythms and a dash of soul.

Opening with String of Horses,the band soon warmed up a lively crowd with music which you could both listen and dance to.

Their full sound owes much to superb flute player Geoff and accomplished violinist Shannon, but the driving force of the band is dynamic frontman Tom, who held the audience's attention throughout the set.

Many of the songs were from the band's latest double album, including the engaging title track Dilapidated Beauty and a rousing version of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower.

Most of The Paperboys' music is upbeat and the dance floor was crowded right up to the closing She Said.