The "masked hombre" is singer/songwriter Allen Helsdon.
A former band mate came to him inspired after seeing "Mariachi el Bronx" perform. Together they began working on original songs in the mariachi rock genre. Helsdon says " my inspiration for the lyrical content and flowing melodies of our songs come from a number of trips to Mexico experiencing the joy of mariachi first hand. I'm a storyteller...mariachi is storytelling...it just fits! Of course... I also have a love of Clint Eastwood westerns and tequila!! ".
A 5 song demo was Engineered and Produced by Helsdon then showcased and very well received in April 2018 at The Casbah in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The band took a hiatus in the later part of 2018, member changes were made and the show was upgraded to included revamped classic rock songs given a mariachi tex/mex flare!
Since 2019, Midnight Hombres have been playing " Mariachi Rock Shows" regularly and are ready to add some "fun, spice & variety" to any festival or event!
The most notable addition is Latin Jazz guitarist Eddie Paton who's resume includes Sultans of String and Robert Michaels to name just a couple. . Eddie has recently released his instrumental solo album "Solis" and receives regular airplay on CBC radio. https://eddiepaton.com/music
Vocalist : Allen Helsdon
Guitarist: Eddie Paton
Bassist Steve MacAndrew
Drummer Donny Ivanco
Trumpeter Jordan Tunney
A truly unique band of amigos!!!
FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020
Happy New Year!!! Finally getting back at it, recording and practising after our winter hibernation......just too cold for Mariachi haha!
Covid-19 pandemic has now slowed us down as well as cancelling shows. We have released a single with the next due to drop April 1st. We've got a video half done and three more songs 2/3rd done till we can gather as amigos again.
Be safe out there mis Amigos!!
We finished up our shows for 2019 with a return to Clifford Brewing Company. September & October were busy writing and recording and we start shooting the video for " Tonight, I Fly to Her" in the new year. Our guitarist Eddie Paton will be spending late November and all of December and part of January touring Canada and North USA with "Sultans of String" for their annual Christmas Caravan Tour !!
Well that was one hell of a summer!! We continued re-writing some old originals and worked on some new ones and revamped some cover songs.......our version of Ozzies "LOCO TRAIN" seems to to impress. We shared the main stage at the Dundas Cactus Festival with Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies & Junkhouse!! And what a great time playing downtown Hamilton in Gore Park for a super diverse crowd!!
Wow, what a blast we had this month!!! Started it off with a show celebrating Canada day among all the diverse cultural foods, and artisans at the "It's Your Festival". It was great sharing the Main Bandshell stage with Canadian icons Chilliwack & Northern Pikes!! We also were part of the Concession Street BIA's Sidewalk Sounds Festival. Although it was a balmy 35 degrees, we rocked it out at street level, dancing with kids, older folks and of course senoritas!!
Spent the month recording our 1st new original Love(ballad of a broken man) and rehearsing for our Canada Day show on the main stage Bandshell at It's Your Festival.
May started off with a Fiesta!! Our show at The Casbah for Cinco de Mayo was so much fun with a lot of new faces in the crowd checking us out. We did an interview with Ric Taylor for VIEW magazine which he also played on his CFMU radio show "Lullabies in Razorland". We also started supporting "The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada" by accepting donations at our show.
April has been very busy writing new songs, learning some new cover songs, our show at The Staircase Theatre and booking a number of summer 2019 festivals. We welcomed our new bassist and past bandmate Steve MacAndrew to the band as well!! Spring is in the air !!!
So much fun rockin' our show at Clifford Brewing Co. Big thanks to the show host Sam Heller?, Brad Clifford, Al & Jeremy!!!
Also big thanks to family & friends old & new who whooped it up with us!! Also a huge thank you to bassist Chris Mancini who is moving on to new musical adventures, may the wind stay on your back my friend !!
We are pleased to welcome our new guitarist Eddie Paton !!!
We're baaaacck !! After a siesta turned into hibernation, MIDNIGHT HOMBRES are back on track !!! We are writing all new songs, adding some cover tunes(mariachi style of course) and booking shows !!! Arriba !!!