TWO SPECIAL SHOWS IN AMSTERDAM THIS DECEMBER
The Waterboys will play two concerts on the 5th and 6th of December at Paradiso in Amsterdam, which will be filmed for inclusion in the upcoming Robert Jan Westdijk film “Waterboys”.
During these shows, concert footage of the band and the audience will be made for the film which will be released next year. These will be very special shows in a smaller, more intimate venue than the band would normally play.
Director Robert Jan Westdijk is proud and amazed: "It all started with an e-mail in which I wrote that I've been a fan since the 80s and that I was about to make a road movie about a father and son who come closer together through the music of The Waterboys. Not much later I was in Dublin facing my musical hero Mike Scott. He responded enthusiastically and two months later, it was agreed." Westdijk emphasises that the experience of the concert will not be affected by the film recordings: "I want to record the concerts in the way a fan experiences the concert, so I trust the participation of the real Waterboys fans."
Support for these shows will be provided by Freddie Stevenson. Doors open at 19:00 and support begins at 19:30.
A CONVERSATION WITH MIKE SCOTT & RICHARD CURTIS AT CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Mike and noted film director, and writer of such popular films as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually, Richard Curtis, are scheduled to appear together at this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sat 4 October. They will be discussing how song/screenwriting attempt to get to the heart of the matter and Mike will also have his guitar in tow for a few songs. You can read more about the event here.
Tickets, priced £12, go on sale to Cheltenham Festival members on Tues 26 August and to the general public on Mon 1 September. You can access booking information here.
General information about the festival is available here
ELVERUM FESTIVAL, NORWAY
The Waterboys will appear at Festspillen i Elverum in Elverum, NORWAY on Sunday 3 August. Tickets, priced 350 NOK for adults and 180 NOK for ages 17 and under, are available here
GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL
The Waterboys will perform at Galway Arts Festival on Sun 20 July in GALWAY, IRELAND. This will be the band’s first appearance at the festival since 1989, and like that show this one will take place in the festival Big Top. Said Mike: “We’re delighted to return to our favourite arts festival.” Tickets, priced €40, are on sale now from +353 91 586540 or online here.
For additional information click here
AUGUST SHOWS IN ENGLAND
The Waterboys will play at The Baths Hall, SCUNTHORPE, England on Tues 5 August. Tickets, priced £29.50, on sale now from 0844 854 2776 or online from here
The Waterboys return to The Barbican in YORK, England on Wed 6 August. Tickets, priced £29.50, on sale now from 0844 854 2757 or online from here
BERGEN, AUGUST 1
The Waterboys will play Bergen Calling Festival on the same bill as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Friday, 1 August at Bergenhus Castle & Fortress in Bergen, NORWAY. Tickets, priced NOK 690 + service fee, are available here. For additional information click here
GLASGOW, AUGUST 8
The Waterboys will appear at GLASGOW’S new Summer Nights Festival at the restored Kelvingrove Park Bandstand on Fri, 8 August. The show is part of a run of shows that week which include Steve Earle, Squeeze, Alison Moyet, Capercaillie and Teenage Fanclub. Tickets, priced £35 + service fee, are on sale from 0141 353 8000 or online here
BODO, AUGUST 22
The Waterboys have been added to the bill for Parkenfestivalenin BODO, Norway on, Fri, 22 August. The festival has already sold-out.
DATE & TIME FOR FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL IN JAPAN
The organisers of the Fuji Rock Festival have confirmed that The Waterboys will appear Sat, 26 July. The band will play for 50 minutes from 14:00-14:50, with stage TBA.
GREEN MAN FESTIVAL
GIG FOR HUGHIE
Mike and Steve will play at the upcoming GIG FOR HUGHIE in DUBLIN. All proceeds to cover medical costs for Steve’s cousin, singer/songwriter Hughie Purcell, currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Hughie and Steve share a long history, playing together in their boyhood band, Juggler, before setting off to busk around Europe. Returning to Dublin in 1982, Hughie took to the streets, guitar in hand, at a time when buskers were a less common sight than today. Hughie has played with a number of Dublin bands, including The Burglars and Toy with Rhythm. He remains a cherished member of the Irish rock community.
Tickets for the concert, which will take place Sun, 13th April at Whelan’s on Wexford Street, are €25 from here
Other acts include The Dominores, No Crows and The Hatricks. Doors open at 8pm.
Donations can also be made online here
Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
WATERBOYS TO PLAY FUJI ROCK, TOKYO
The Waterboys have been confirmed to play at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival in TOKYO, JAPAN, which will run 25-27 July. Amazingly, this will be the Waterboys' first-ever concert in Japan. Mike Scott has toured there before but never with The Waterboys. We'll announce specific date/stage when we have further details. Tickets, priced ¥44,000 for all three days, ¥18,300 for a one day pass, will go on sale to the general public 14 June here
You can find out more about the festival here
OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL, BELFAST
PHILADELPHIA CONCERT FILM ONLINE
Enjoy this taster of the band performing Still A Freak from PBS station WHYY’s On Canvas concert film of The Waterboys shot in Philadelphia during their 2013 tour.
You can now view the entire concert film online here
PHILADELPHIA CONCERT FILM
PBS station WHYY will premiere a film of The Waterboys recorded live in Philadelphia on their 2013 tour on Thurs 27 Feb at 10pm EST. It will re-air on Sat 1 March at 10pm and again on Sun 2 March at noon. The performance footage for the show was filmed at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA on 21 October, 2013. An interview with Mike Scott will also be shown. You can read more about On Canvas here
For those of you outside the Philadelphia area the full episode will be posted online by Fri 28 Feb here
Steve Wickham's exhibition 'Roadworks', a collection of 16 drawings Steve made whilst on the road with The Waterboys during 2013, will run through the month of March in ‘The Room’ at The Model art centre in Sligo, Ireland. ‘The Room' is a contemporary exhibition space designated to the resident studio artists and is independently programmed and curated. Additional information available here
MIKE'S INTERVIEW WITH 'THE ONE YOU FEED' PODCAST
Mike was recently interviewed by The One You Feed, a podcast based on the Native American parable of The Two Wolves examining how leaders, authors and artists feed the good wolf inside them. You can hear the interview here
CHAGSTOCK FESTIVAL, DEVON, UK ADDED
The Waterboys will headline this year's Chagstock Festival, near Chagford, in Devon, England, on Saturday 19th July. And this will be a special night because keyboard player Richard Naiff, who played with the band from 1999 to 2008, will be guesting for the whole show. The festival site at Whiddon Down is 30 minutes from Exeter and a splendid time is guaranteed for all. Tickets are available now from 01392 667080 and online here
FIRST SUMMER FESTIVALS CONFIRMED
We're pleased to announce the first 4 summer festivals to be confirmed for this year's Waterboys summer schedule. This summer's band will feature Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, Ralph Salmins, Joe Chester from the 2010-11 "Appointment With Mr Yeats" band on lead guitar/keyboards, and new bassist Shane Fitzsimons. Recent members James Hallawell and Marc Arciero have moved on for the time being.
Sat, 14 June: ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL , SEACLOSE PARK, ISLE OF WIGHT, ENGLAND. Weekend Tickets: Early Bird £170 until 16th Jan/ General £190. Day Tickets: Early Bird £70/ General £75. Purchase tickets here. For more information click here
Sat, 2 August: KALVAAG FESTIVAL, KALVAAG, NORWAY. Three day festival pass (Fri, 1 Aug- Sun, 3 Aug), priced at 925 NOK+ service fee, available here. Day pass, priced at 605 NOK+ service fee, for Sat, 2 Aug only available here or from Ticketmaster Norway at +47 815 33133
Thurs, 7 August: FAIRPORT'S CROPREDY CONVENTION, CROPREDY, ENGLAND. Purchase tickets here or direct from the box office at 0900 637 1644
Sun, 31 August: MOSELEY FOLK FESTIVAL, MOSELEY PARK, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND. Tickets, priced £37- £85, available online here or direct from the box office at 0844 870 0000
LAST UK FISHERMAN'S BLUES TICKETS
All Fisherman’s Blues Revisited shows in the UK are sold-out except for Hammersmith Apollo, London on Wednesday 18 Dec. Some balcony seats are still on sale for this show and can be purchased here. The photo above shows Anto playing in front of the band's beautiful Spiddal House backdrop.
Photo: Paul Mac Manus
ELLIE GOULDING'S SUCCESS WITH HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU
We are proud to announce Ellie Goulding's Children In Need charity single of Mike Scott's song 'How Long Will I Love You' has hit number 3 on the UK singles chart. Watch her performance at BBC's Children In Need telethon here
And if you'd like to hear the writer singing it, you can view Mike Scott on last year's Waterboys tour, accompanied by James Hallawell here
Film by Dave Furneaux.
NORTH AMERICAN MERCHANDISE
If you missed out on the merchandise table during the recent North American tour, merchandise is now available online here
NEW FISHERMAN'S BOX RELEASE DATE
Parlophone Records have confirmed that the new release date for the delayed 6-CD format of Fisherman’s Box will be 18 November. The 7-CD deluxe version of the boxed set is available now here. Meanwhile the 6-CD version is already available to stream on Spotify.
ELLIE GOULDING'S SINGLE OF HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU
Ellie Goulding’s version of Mike Scott’s song How Long Will I Love You will be released on 10 November. In addition, the song is the official single for the annual Children In Need telethon airing on BBC One 15th of November. You can read more about the single and Children In Need, as well as pre-order the charity single here and watch the video for the song
FISHERMAN'S BOX - CD6
Fisherman's Box will be released in its deluxe 7 CD & vinyl album format on Monday 21st October. The regular 6 CD "clamshell' version has been delayed again because demand has outstripped production. It will now be released on 11th or 18th November and as soon as we receive date confirmation from Parlophone Records we'll let you know. Unfortunately the date changes are out of the band's hands, but we are happy at least that the cause is high demand for the set. The tracklists of CDs 1-5 have been announced recently, and the tracklist of CD6 is:
1. On My Way To Tara
2. Twa Recruitin Sergeants
3. Incident At Puck Fair
4. And A Bang On The Ear
5. Mr Customs Man
6. Strange Boat (acoustic)
7. Spring Comes To Spiddal
8. In Search Of A Rose (band)
9. The Stolen Child (piano demo)
10. When Will We Be Married?
11. In Search Of A Rose (duo)
12. The Good Ship Sirius (set of jigs)
13. This Land Is Your Land (complete)
14. Jimmy Hickey's Waltz
15. Live Aid And After
16. Carolan's Welcome
17. When Ye Go Away
18. When Ye Go Away (Frankie's Fiddle)
19. Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?
20. The Stolen Child (vocal demo)
21. Dunford's Fancy
22. The Stolen Child
23. Pictish National Anthem (Comati)
24. Bo Diddley Was A Caveman
25. The Last Jam
26. Buckets Of Rain
This CD contains all the recordings made at Spiddal House, near Galway, in the spring of 1988. The celtic folk influences are strong, and the otherworldly atmosphere of the west of Ireland is a palpable presence on the recordings. Tracks 4, 10, 14, 17, 19, 21 & 22 were on the original album, as was a fragment of 13 (here included in its full length). 16 was on the 2006 remaster. The other 17 tracks are all previously unreleased. Fisherman's Box can be ordered here
FISHERMAN'S BOX - CD5 TRACKLIST
Fisherman's Box will be released on Monday 21st October. The tracklist for CD5 is:
1. Higherbound (3rd version)
2. The Grief Of Pan
3. World Party
4. Working On A Building
5. If I Can't Have You
6. Killing My Heart (second version)
7. Trunk Call
8. Headphone Mix Song
9. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)
10. When Will We Be Married (2nd version)
11. BP's Bathtub Boogie
12. We Will Not Be Lovers (sax solo)
13. Heading Down The Highway
14. Strange Boat
15. Fisherman's Blues (2nd version)
16. Has Anybody Here Seen Hank? (Bridgeman version)
17. On My Way To Heaven
18. Let Me Feel Holy Again
19. A Home In The meadow
20. Strange Boat (3rd version) / The Good Ship Sirius
21. The Stolen Child (prototype)
CD5 was recorded Feb-Sept 1987, mostly in Dublin's Windmill Lane. It contains unreleased songs, including the legendary "Higherbound", dramatically different versions of classics like "Fisherman's Blues" and "Strange Boat", wild jams, moments of comedy and strange instrumentals. The increasing celtic folk influences can be heard, plus a general mellowing of the band's sound. Shorter versions of tracks 3 & 14 were on the original album; different mixes/edits of 17 & 19 were on 2001's Too Close To Heaven; 5, 10, 15, 18 and a different mix of 6 were on the 2006 remaster of Fisherman's Blues. The other 12 tracks are previously unreleased.
Fisherman's Box can be pre-ordered here
Photo: B P Fallon
FISHERMAN'S BOX DELAYED A WEEK
Release of the Fisherman's Box set has been delayed a week due to unexpectedly high demand. Release date is now October 21st.
FISHERMAN'S BOX - CD4
Fisherman's Box will be released on 21st October, and can be pre-ordered here The tracklist of CD4 is:
1. BILLY THE KID
2. TONIGHT THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN
3. COME LIVE WITH ME
4. I MISS THE ROAD
5. HIGHER IN TIME (two pianos)
6. TOO HOT FOR CLEANHEAD (fast version)
7. HIGHER IN TIME (Scottish version)
8. HIGHERBOUND (3rd tune)
9. A GOLDEN AGE
10. YOU IN THE SKY
11. I WILL MEET YOU IN HEAVEN AGAIN
12. NOBODY 'CEPT YOU
13. (HE HASN'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE) JIMMY SHAND
14. RATTLE MY BONES AND SHIVER MY SOUL
15. THE SCOTSMAN'S DELIGHT
16. KILLING MY HEART
17. INDUSTRIAL MR BROWN
18. CUSTER'S BLUES
19. SHALL WE GATHER BY THE RIVER
20. HIGHER IN TIME SYMPHONY
CD4 was recorded between December 1986 & February 1987 and gathers together 20 recordings that showcase the developing Fisherman's Blues sound, including landmark tracks such as "Custer's Blues", the 11-minute "Higher In Time Symphony" and "I Will Meet You In Heaven Again", plus Anto's lead vocal version of "Billy The Kid". Tracks 10, 12 & 14 were on the 2006 remaster; different mixes/edits of 18 & 20 were on 2001's Too Close To Heaven; a different mix/edit of 16 was on 1991's "Best Of The Waterboys"; 3 & 7 were issued on 'b' sides; a different mix of 9 was the 'b' side of the 1991 Whole Of The Moon single; and 5 was on a bonus CD released in 2001. The other 10 tracks are previously unreleased.
FISHERMAN'S BOX - CD3
Fisherman's Box will be released on October 14th and can be pre-ordered here. The tracklist of CD3 is:
1. Steve And Anto's Overture
2. Ain't Leavin', I'm Gone
3. When Will We Be Married (1st version)
4. When I First Said I Loved Only You, Maggie
5. Love Is Letting Go
6. On My Way To Heaven (1st version)
7. You In The Sky (1st version)
8. The Secret Place Of The Most High
9. Too Hot For Cleanhead
10. Wickham's Proclamation
11. Blues For Your Baby
12. Lonesome Old Wind
13. If Jimi Was Here
14. Soon As I Get Home
15. Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
CD3 was recorded Dec 2-7 1986 in Fantasy Studios, California, with producer Bob Johnston. Bob produced Dylan, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and many others in the 60s & 70s. For this week of sessions Bob brought in a series of crack American rhythm sections to back Mike, Steve and Anto. The results include fascinating prototype versions of several songs that later became Waterboys favourites, plus some of their finest improvising. Mike Scott considers the music made with legendary drummer Jim Keltner (tracks 6, 7 & 9-15) to be among the band's best-ever recordings. Tracks 11 & 12 were on 2001's Too Close To Heaven album; an edit of track 14 was on the 2006 remaster of Fisherman's Blues (the Box version is the full 26 minutes); track 2 was included, in a different mix, on a bonus EP in 2001. The other 11 tracks are previously unreleased.
PHILADELPHIA, PA DATE CHANGE
Due to a scheduling conflict The Waterboys show at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia has been rescheduled from Sunday, 29 September to Monday, 21 OCTOBER. All previously sold tickets will be honored. Tickets are available now by phone from 1-800-745-3000 or online here
FISHERMAN'S BOX - CD2
The FISHERMAN'S BOX set will be released in two formats by Parlophone Records on 14th October and can be pre-ordered here. The tracklist of CD2 is:
1. We Will Not Be Lovers
2. One Step Closer
3. My Beautiful Baby
4. She Could Have Had Me Step By Step
5. When The Ship Comes In
6. The Ladder
7. Will You Ever Be My Friend?
8. Too Close To Heaven (rolling piano)
9. Higherbound (prototype)
10. Happy Birthday BP Fallon
11. The Prettiest Girl In Church
12. You Don't Have To Be In The Army To Fight In The War
13. Dee Jay Way
14. Lonesome And A Long Way From Home
15. Thistlethwaite's Declaration
16. Strange Boat (first play)
17. Lost Highway
18. Higherbound Blues
19. Let Us Be Drinking And Kissing The Women
20. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
22. Too Close To Heaven
23. Space Out There, Trevor
CD2 catches The Waterboys at a fascinating juncture. Not yet officially recording the follow-up to This Is The Sea, the band spent thirteen days between March and September 1986 in Dublin's Windmill Lane Studio, trying out songs, sounds and recording engineers while deepening their explorations into country, blues and roots music. Track 1 was on the original album, tracks 6, 21 & 22 were on 2001's Too Close To Heaven, track 14 was on the 2006 remaster of Fisherman's Blues, and track 17 was the 'b' side of the 1989 Fisherman's Blues single. The other 17 tracks are previously unreleased.
A SONG FOR ARTHUR'S DAY 3-SONG E.P. ON ITUNES, 26 SEPT
The Waterboys release a themed digital E.P. next Thursday, 26th September. The E.P. contains 3 tracks addressing the controversial alcohol-sponsored marketing event Arthur's Day. They are: (1) A SONG FOR ARTHUR'S DAY, which has already been streamed on soundcloud, (2) a recitation by Mike Scott, backed by music, titled 'TWAS ARTHUR'S DAY IN DUBLIN and (3) an instrumental by Steve Wickham and Mike, AND THE ANGELS CLEARED UP AFTER ARTHUR'S DAY. The E.P. will be downloadable on iTunes and Amazon, and will not appear in physical format. The tracks will be available singly and together. The artwork was created by Steve Wickham. For further info click here.
On the same day, 26 Sept, the great Irish troubadour CHRISTY MOORE will release his own protest song, ARTHUR'S DAY, also on iTunes. For more info click here
FISHERMAN'S BOX PRE-ORDER & CD1 TRACKLIST
The long-awaited 6 CD set of the complete Fisherman's Blues sessions, FISHERMAN'S BOX, will be released by Parlophone Records on 14th October. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon here in two formats: standard and deluxe (6 CDs + 3 prints + vinyl repress of original album + bonus CD of music that influenced Fisherman's Blues). Over the next few weeks we'll be giving you the tracklists for each CD, with some information of the background. Here is CD1:
1. Stranger To Me
2. Girl Of The North Country
3. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
4. Fisherman's Blues (piano version)
5. Fisherman's Blues
6. Meet Me At The Station
7. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
8. Born To Be Together
9. The Wayward Wind
10. World Party (1st version)
11. World Party / A Golden Age
12. Sleek White Schooner
13. Drunken Head Ghost Of Rimbaud Blues
14. Sweet Thing
15. Sweet Thing (conclusion)
16. Saints And Angels
CD1 was recorded in its entirety on Jan 23 1986, the first day of the Fisherman's Blues sessions, and marks the beginning of the band's new fiddle and electric mandolin driven sound. The songs are a mix of old country and gospel numbers plus new originals. Two of the tracks (5 & 14) were included on the original album. Two more (2 & 6) were on the 2006 remaster of Fisherman's Blues. The other twelve are previously unreleased and provide a fascinating insight into the Waterboys at a crossroads moment when everything changed.
FREDDIE STEVENSON OPENING ON OUR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
British singer/songwriter, Freddie Stevenson, will be opening for The Waterboys at all shows of their Sept/Oct North American tour (with the exception of Westhampton, 27 Sept, where there is no opening act). Freddie is a friend of Mike and Steve, and Mike personally asked him to play on the tour, so make sure you get to the show early! Check out Freddie's music in advance here, and scroll down to find a version of his great song I Am The Ocean with Mike and Steve guesting on piano and fiddle, recorded recently in New York. Freddie will also open on the UK and Irish dates of the Fisherman's B;ues Revisited tour in December.
MIKE'S SONG FOR ARTHUR'S DAY
Mike has written a short, acidic song lampooning the Irish event "Arthur's Day".
MIKE'S TUMBLR BLOG
Mike Scott has started a new Tumblr blog, LOVE REVISITED, where he is already posting all manner of photos, artwork and sounds. To access it, click here
TWO SHOWS IN SAN FRANCISCO
This October sees not one, but TWO opportunities to see The Waterboys in the city by the bay. The band will play at Great American Music Hall on Sunday 6th October as part of their North American tour. Tickets go on sale 10am PDT this Sunday, 18 August, here
Plus Mike Scott and Steve Wickham will be performing a special show as an acoustic duo the day before, Sat 5 Oct, at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Lindley & Marx meadows at Golden Gate Park (stage time TBA). This is a free/no tickets needed event. You can find out more about the festival here
Tickets are now on sale for the Waterboys show on Tues 29 Oct at The Civic Theatre in New Orleans here
SECOND SHOW IN CHICAGO
The previously announced show on Thurs 17 Oct at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago has sold out and another show has been added. The first show begins at 7pm and the second show will begin at 10pm. Tickets are available for the second show now here
WATERBOYS PLAY LISBON, SEPTEMBER
The Waterboys will play at The Hipodromo Manuel Possolo, Cascais in Lisbon, Portugal on Sat 7 September. This will be a regular Waterboys show and the only show in Portugal this year. Tickets are available here
ADDITIONAL SPANISH SHOWS FOR NOVEMBER
Two more Spanish shows have been added to the Fisherman’s Blues Revisited Tour. They are:
Tues, 26 Nov: Kursall, San Sebastian
Tickets priced at 35€ will go on sale 21 Sept from : +34 943 00 30 00 or online here
Fri, 29 Nov: Auditorio El Batel, Cartagena
Tickets are 25€ and will go on sale in September (day TBA) from +34 968123827 or online here
SPANISH SHOWS IN NOVEMBER
The Waterboys’ Fisherman’s Blues Revisited Tour will visit Spain in November. Details for the first two Spanish shows to be confirmed are below. More shows will be announced soon.
Wed, 27 Nov: El Teatro De Las Esquinas, Zaragoza.
Tickets are priced at 35€ and are on sale now from +34 976 333 055 or online here
Thurs, 28 Nov: La Riviera, Madrid.
Tickets priced from 25-35€ are on sale now here
FISHERMAN'S BLUES REVISITED TOUR HITS ITALY
The Fisherman’s Blues Revisited Tour will visit Italy in November. The band line-up will include the same vintage members as the December shows in UK and Ireland reuniting Mike and Steve with Anto Thistlethwaite and Trevor Hutchinson. The shows are:
Thurs, 21 Nov: Auditorium Della Conciliazione, Rome, Italy. Tickets 50€, 40€, 35€ & 26€ on sale Wed, 26 June.
Fri, 22 Nov: Auditorium Di Milano, Milan, Italy. Tickets 60€, 55€, 45€ & 35€ on sale now.
Sat, 23 Nov: Auditorium Manzoni, Bologna, Italy. Tickets 50€, 40€, 30€ & 20€ on sale Mon, 1 July.
Sun, 24 Nov: Gran Teatro Geox, Padova, Italy. Tickets 40€, 35€ & 30€ on sale now.
Tickets for all four shows can be purchased here
KATE BUSH COVER VIDEO
Video maker and Waterboys enthusiast Ian Rush has created a fantastic video for Mike Scott’s cover version of Kate Bush’s song Why Should I Love You. The recording was done in 1997 with three future Waterboys - James Hallawell, Mark Smith and Jeremy Stacey - plus Gavin “Fingers’ Ralston from Mike’s Still Burning band. Mike added new vocals and keyboards in 2010 and now, in 2013, we have this fab video to accompany the song! We love it and hope you will too! You can view the video below
MR FOX ON NIKKI SUDDEN BOX SET
Mike Scott features on a track of Nikki Sudden's 6 CD boxed set “The Boy From Nowhere Who Fell Out Of The Sky”, available for £34.99 here.
The track Mr Fox on CD3 features Mike on lead vocals. Mike wrote the lyric and he and Nikki recorded the song for the fanzine ‘What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen’ in late 1982. The box set also includes a Nikki version of Cathy which Mike covered during the Pagan Place sessions (on the 2002 remaster of A Pagan Place).
WATERBOYS NORTH AMERICAN AUTUMN TOUR
We are delighted to announce that The Waterboys will be embarking on a coast to coast North American tour this autumn. This will be the first full North American tour for the band since 2007. Mike says, “North America is just about my favorite place in the world to play and I’m thrilled that this year we’ll play more concerts there than any year of the Waterboys' existence. Our fall 2013 tour is the longest Waterboys American tour ever and we’re doing it with an American line-up. Apart from myself and fiddler Steve Wickham, all the band members are Americans based in the New York area, players I handpicked myself. I can't wait to see what kind of a joyful, wild noise we’ll make.” The aforementioned line-up includes Jay Barclay (guitar), Malcolm Gold (bass), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards) and Chris Benelli (drums). Below is an initial list of dates with additional dates to be announced soon.
|Thurs, 19 Sept||The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA. Tickets on sale now here|
|Fri, 20 Sept||Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA. Tickets on sale Fri, 7 June here|
|Sat, 21 Sept||Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT. Tickets on sale Fri, 7June here|
|Wed, 25 Sept||Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ. Tickets on sale now here|
|Fri, 27 Sept||Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach, NY. Tickets on sale Fri, 7 June here|
|Sat, 28 Sept||Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ. Tickets on sale now here|
|Mon, 7 Oct||El Rey Theatre- Los Angeles, CA. Tickets on sale Fri, 7 June here|
|Tues, 8 Oct||Sunset Center, Carmel, CA. Tickets on sale Fri, 14 June here|
|Fri, 11 Oct||Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA. Tickets on sale Fri, 7 June here|
|Thurs. 24 Oct||Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury, MA. On sale date Wed, 12 June. Info here|
WATERBOYS TO PLAY OPEN EAST FESTIVAL, LONDON
The Waterboys will appear on the main stage of the Open East Festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London on Saturday, 27 July. The Open East Festival is a weekend long celebration of food, music, theatre and family friendly entertainment to mark the one year anniversary of the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London. Other acts at the festival will include Toots and the Maytals and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. Day tickets are priced at £9.50 for adults and £6.00 for children (ages 5 to 16, under 5s free) and can be purchased here
For more information about the festival click here
WATERBOYS PLAY OLAVSFESTDAGENE- TRONDHEIM, NORWAY
The Waterboys will play a show at Borggården (The Arch Bishop`s Yard) in Trondheim, Norway on Saturday , 3 August as part of the Olavsfestdagene, which runs from 28 July to 3 August. Other acts scheduled to play at Olavsfestdagene include Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Anders Jetvik and Stefan Sundström. Tickets are available from +47 73 84 14 50 or online here
For more information you can access the festival’s website here
FISHERMAN'S BLUES ON BBC 4'S MASTERTAPES SERIES
BBC Radio 4 will air the Fisherman’s Blues edition of its Mastertapes series in two parts on 3 June at 11pm and 4 June at 3:30pm. Following its initial airing the programme will be archived here
The programme with Mike Scott and Steve Wickham was pre-recorded four weeks ago in front of a live audience at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London and includes live performances as well as a Q & A session with those in attendance. Mike said, "It was a lot of fun. Wickham and I played half a dozen songs and took terrific questions from the audience." For complete information click here
WATERBOYS PLAY WESTPORT FESTIVAL, 29 JUNE
The Waterboys will appear on the main stage of The Westport Festival of Music And Food at Westport House in Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland on Saturday, 29 June. The band is scheduled to hit the stage from 8:10 to 9:20pm. Other acts lined up for the festival include Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Christy Moore, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Damien Dempsey and Imelda May. Further info as well as both single day and weekend tickets available here
The ticket pre-sale for The Waterboys show at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, USA on 19 September begins on Wednesday, 29 May and can be accessed here.
The password is: BOSTON
This news comes ahead of a full North American tour announcement which will follow soon.
WATERBOYS ADDED TO NEIL YOUNG SHOW IN DUBLIN, 15 JUNE
The Waterboys have been added to the bill of Neil Young And Crazy Horse's show at Dublin's RDS Arena on Saturday 15 June. Also on the bill are Los Lobos and upcoming Dublin band Little Green Cars. Tickets are available here
THE WATERBOYS PLAY VANCOUVER FOLK FESTIVAL 2013
The Waterboys will play at the Vancouver Folk Festival in Vancouver BC, Canada on Sunday, 21 July. It’s been a while since the band played out west and they are looking greatly forward to it! Other acts at the festival will include Steve Earle and the Dukes, Loudon Wainwright III, DeVotchKa and Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks fame.
For more information click here
MIKE AT DALKEY BOOK FESTIVAL
Mike will give a reading at Dalkey Book Festival, Dublin, Ireland on Sunday 16th June. Mike will read from Adventures Of A Waterboy and will also try out some new writing. Tickets are available now here.
Photo: Arnar Eggert
FREDDIE STEVENSION TO SUPPORT ON FISHERMAN'S BLUES REVISITED TOUR
British singer/songwriter Freddie Stevenson will open for The Waterboys on their Fisherman's Blues Revisited tour in December. Freddie is a friend of the band and co-wrote White Birds and Sweet Dancer on An Appointment With Mr Yeats. Said Mike Scott: "Freddie's a good pal and a wonderful songwriter. I'm delighted to get to introduce him to Waterboys fans." You can check out his music here
WATERBOYS PLAY PROSPECT PARK, BROOKLYN, 19 JULY
The Waterboys will play a special show at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, New York, USA on Friday 19th July as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival. This will be a free event with a suggested donation of $3. Showtime is 7.30pm and admission will be open from one hour earlier. For additional information click here
ANTWERP SHOW, 25TH AUGUST
The Waterboys will play a show at Openairtheatre, Rivierenhof, Antwerp, Belgium, on Sunday 25th August. Tickets are available now here. The band last played Rivierenhof almost exactly ten years ago in what was a memorable gig during the Universal Hall tour.
WATERBOYS CONFIRM PINKPOP CLASSIC, 24TH AUGUST
The Waterboys will headline the Pinkpop Classic Festival in Megaland, Landgraaf, Holland on Saturday 24th August. All day tickets, price $35 plus $5 service charge, are available here or by phone from +31 900 300 1250. Other artists include Uriah Heep, Colin Blunstone, CCC Inc & Band Of Friends.
FULL LIST OF WATERBOYS MEMBERS
We have uploaded a comprehensive list of all Waterboys members from the band's first recording ("December") in 1981 to the present day. The list has been checked and verified by Mike Scott and includes all individuals who have appeared as a band member on stage or TV/radio. Dates given for each member run from first time playing with the band (recording/audition/rehearsal) to last known performance. View it here.
FISHERMAN'S BLUES ON BBC'S MASTERTAPES - TICKETS AVAILABLE
BBC Radio 4's programe Mastertapes will host a special on The Waterboys and Fisherman's Blues. For broadcast this summer, the show will be pre-recorded at the BBC Studios in Maida Vale, London on Friday 26 April, 6.30pm. It will feature Mike Scott in interview and answering questions from the audience, plus music by Mike and Steve Wickham. Further details, including how to apply for tickets here
MIKE AND STEVE AT HAY BOOK FESTIVAL, MAY 31
Mike will read from Adventures Of A Waterboy at this years Hay Book Festival, Hay-On-Wye, England, at 8.30pm on 31st May, in the Sky Arts Studio. He will be joined by Steve Wickham for an acoustic set. Tickets are available here and from +44 1498 822 629
MIKE'S READING IN DUBLIN, APRIL 23
Mike will be reading at Young Hearts Run Free's charity evening in aid of Dublin's Simon Community, at The James Joyce House, 15 Usher's Island, Dublin 8 on Tuesday April 23rd at 7.30. "City Of Bohane" novelist Kevin Barry and top Irish DJ John Kelly will also be featured. Tickets €15 from firstname.lastname@example.org
WATERBOYS TO PLAY NOVA SCOTIA, JULY 17
The Waterboys will play at The Schooner Room, Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax on July 17th at 8pm. Tickets here
KRISTINA TRAIN'S VERSION OF HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU
Mike recently posted on Twitter how much he enjoyed Kristina Train's beautiful version of the Waterboys' song How Long Will I Love You. It can be heard below
CANADIAN DATES - JULY 2013
The Waterboys will play a series of dates this summer in Canada. These will be regular Waterboys shows featuring the new American line-up. They are
WATERBOYS TO PLAY CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL
The Waterboys will headline the Cambridge Folk Festival on Sunday, 28th July. This will be their third headline appearance at the festival, having played previously in 2002 and 2007. Information and tickets available from 01223 357851 or online here
'MAD AS THE MIST AND SNOW' VIDEO AT PASTE MAGAZINE
Paste Magazine has loaded a video of The Waterboys playing a spellbinding version of Mad Of The Mist And Snow from the An Appointment With Mr Yeats album. The video is a special edit by film-maker Myles O’Reilly and was filmed last September when Waterboys Mike Scott and Steve Wickham reunited with Anto Thistlethwaite for a special show in the Spiddal, Ireland. You can view it here
MIKE GUEST-EDITS MAGNET MAGAZINE ONLINE
Mike has been interviewed online by Magnet Magazine, and has also contributed 14 short "guest editor" articles which will be posted, 2 a day, between now and Sunday 31st March. The pieces are on a variety of subjects - favourite music, books, Dublin buskers - and are as im passioned and humorous as you'd expect. Access them here, and check in daily for the additions
BOX SET AND 'FISHERMAN'S BLUES REVISITED' TOUR
In October it will be 25 years since the release of Fisherman's Blues. To celebrate, on 14th October EMI Records will release a 7-CD set titled FISHERMAN'S BOX, containing 121 tracks from the album sessions including all those on the original record and previous editions plus an incredible 85 unreleased tracks. The contents have been selected and annotated by Mike Scott, with sleevenotes by Decemberists' singer and long-time Fisherman's Blues aficionado, Colin Meloy. We'll be announcing the tracklists of the 7 CDs throughout spring & summer.
As a further celebration, The Waterboys will play a special tour of Britain and Ireland this December titled FISHERMAN'S BLUES REVISITED, reuniting Mike and Steve with Fisherman's-era members Anto Thistlethwaite and Trevor Hutchinson. The famous four will be joined by drummer Ralph Salmins and the shows will be a re-exploration of the Fisherman's Blues period. Says Mike: "We won't play the original album in order or anything tame like that. That's not the Waterboys' style. Instead we'll be roaming our old repertoire in a new expression of the freewheeling, improvised spirit of The Waterboys in those days. We want to get that old fire burning again, and I wanna hear Steve and Anto wailing like the two-man orchestra we all remember."
Tickets for the 13 shows go on sale this FRIDAY 22nd MARCH at 9am. Dates as follows:
WATERBOYS PLAY LISBON, SEPTEMBER
The Waterboys will play at The Hipodromo Manuel Possolo, Cascais in Lisbon, Portugal on Sat 7 September. This will be a regular Waterboys show and the only show in Portugal this year. Tickets are available here
MR YEATS ALBUM RELEASE IN UNITED STATES
The Waterboys' album An Appointment With Mr Yeats will be released in the United States on Tuesday 26th March by Proper America. To coincide with the album's release Mike and Steve will also be playing various sessions and short concerts on US radio stations. We will post details of these during the coming weeks. The album will be launched with the previously announced special show of An Appointment With Mr Yeats at New York's famous Town Hall on Wednesday 20th March, featuring the new American line-up of The Waterboys. Tickets available here.
NEW NORTH AMERICAN BAND
For the March 20 show of AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS in New York, Mike & Steve will be joined by an all-new American Waterboys. Said Mike: "Touring America with a British/Irish band is tough financially and in the past has meant less shows, so I took the decision to assemble a new band for North America. The British/Irish band, with Ralph, James, Archie & Mel, will continue to play round the world, but on the American continent it'll be the new group, which I'm proud to say is fantastic. I hand-picked the players myself, most of whom I spotted playing in New York and was blown away by".
The new musicians are: Elizabeth Ziman (vocals, from the band Elizabeth And The Catapult), Jay Barclay (guitar), Daniel Mintseris (keyboards, a member of St Vincent), Malcolm Gold (bass), Ezra Oklan (drums) and Chris Layer (flute).
New York Town Hall will be the debut of the American version of The Waterboys. For tickets go here
PRINCE TRIBUTE SHOW AT CARNEGIE HALL
Waterboys Mike Scott and Steve Wickham will appear at the Prince Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall, during which a starpacked line-up of artists perform the songs of Prince, in New York City, Thurs 7 March. The show is part of an annual series benefiting educational music programs for children in need. Previous shows have paid tribute to The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan among others. Other artists appearing this year include Elvis Costello, Bettye LaVette, Booker T. Jones, Amos Lee and Devotchka. Informationand tickets are availa ble here. VIP packages available here
SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Mike Scott will be reading from his musical memoir `Adventures Of A Waterboy' at this year's South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Wed 13 March. The reading will take place at St. David's Sanctuary beginning at 7:30pm, following which Mike will be joined by Steve Wickham for a short acoustic set.
This event is open to SXSW badge and wristband holders. A limited amount of general tickets may be available at the door only. For further information on the festival including how to register to attend visit here
MIKE'S 'THE RHYTHM DIVINE' INTERVIEW ON AUSTRALIA'S NATIONAL RADIO
While enjoying the first ever Waterboys tour in Australia Mike was able to sit down with national radio ABC's ‘Rhythm Divine’ presenter Geoff Wood for a candid conversation about music and spirituality. You can hear the interview along with some favourite Waterboys tunes by clicking the ‘Listen now’ link at top left here
MIKE'S BOOK READING IN MELBOURNE, 15 JAN
Mike Scott will give a reading from his book Adventures Of A Waterboy at Readings Bookstore, 309 Lygon Street, Melbourne, Australia at 6pm on Tuesday 15th January. Amazingly, this will be Mike's first-ever public appearance in Australia, and comes 4 days before the Waterboys tour of Australia and New Zealand begins in Brisbane. Further info on the reading here
Further info on the tour here
Photo: Gavin Kelly
THE WATERBOYS' YEAR IN PICTURES
2012 was a great year for The Waterboys. We've collected 100 photographs in a special gallery celebrating its events; the band tours, festivals, Mike's book launch and readings, and lots more.
View it here
WATERBOYS PLAY 2013 WICKHAM FESTIVAL, ENGLAND
The Waterboys will headline the splendidly-named Wickham Festival, Hampshire, England on Friday 2nd August 2013. Tickets are on sale now here, or by phone from (+44) 23 8071 1818, priced £50 for the full day, £30 for the evening only. Other artists appearing on the same evening as The Waterboys are Lau and Shooglenifty. Seth Lakeman and Rolf Harris will appear on other days. For full details click here
Photo: Paul Mac Manus
CANBERRA SHOW ADDED, 25 JAN
The Waterboys will play at Canberra Theatre on Friday 25th January as part of their tour of Australian and New Zealand. Tickets are available now here
MIKE AND STEVE GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Mike Scott and Steve Wickham played a set of songs for a class of 14 year-old students at St. Aidan’s School in Dublin. Teacher Laura O’Flanagan had been using songs from “An Appointment With Mr Yeats” to teach her second year English class the poetry of W.B. Yeats and sent Mike a letter to tell him how much the class loved it. Mike responded by visiting the school with Steve and their instruments, and the Irish television news cameras were there to capture what happened. View the footage here
WATERBOYS SHOW IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
The Waterboys will play their first ever show in New Zealand on Monday 21 January at Civic Theatre, Auckland. Tickets for this show, as well as the shows that will be taking place in Australia are on sale NOW here
WATERBOYS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
In addition to the previously announced “An Appointment With Mr Yeats” show at the Sydney Festival on 23 Jan, we are pleased to announce the following shows for The Waterboys first ever tour of Australia. Tickets are on sale NOW. These will be regular Waterboys shows. They are:
Sat, 19 Jan, The Tivoli, BRISBANE- tickets available online here
Sat, 26 Jan, Opera House, SYDNEY - tickets available online here
Wed, 30 Jan, Hamer Hall, MELBOURNE- tickets available online here
Thurs, 31 Jan, The Barton Theatre, ADELAIDE- tickets available online here
Sat, 2 Feb, Concert Hall, PERTH- tickets available online here
An additional show in AUCKLAND New Zealand will be announced shortly.
MIKE'S ROCK BOOK SHOW INTERVIEW
Rock Book Show caught up with Mike recently in New York for a lively discussion on Mike’s music memoir “Adventures Of A Waterboy”. You can view the interview here
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS HITS NEW YORK CITY
We are pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed Waterboys show "AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS" will be performed in NEW YORK CITY at TOWN HALL (123 West 43rd Street) on Wednesday 20th March, 2013- doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm.
This will be the ONLY performance of Mr Yeats in North America and is sure to be a very unique and special event.
Tickets are on sale now here
MIKE SINGS 'SHE TRIED TO HOLD ME' AT A NEW YORK PARTY
Mike Scott sang the Waterboys song She Tried To Hold Me recently at a party of friends in New York, and the wonderful footage, filmed by Mary Ellen Matthews, can be viewed here. Musicians playing include James Maddock, Dave Immergluck (Counting Crows), Freddie Stevenson, Irakli Gaprandashvili and Mark Bosch (Ian Hunter's Rant Band)
NEW CONFECTIONS ON SOUNDCLOUD
Five new audio pieces have been uploaded to Mike's soundcloud page. They comprise three short mash-ups entitled SWEET FIGHTING DUDE, GLAM GROOVE and BRIGHT AND SHINING MASH PHASE; a spontaneous song titled WAITIN' FOR RALPH, in honour of Waterboys' drummer Ralph Salmins, recorded during a soundcheck on the recent tour; and Mike's demonstration, from a radio show, of how the piano style of THE WHOLE OF THE MOON was created. All five tracks, plus many more, can be accessed here
WATERBOYS TO PERFORM "MR YEATS" IN SYDNEY, 23 JAN
The Waterboys will make their first-ever visit to Australia and New Zealand in January. The first date to be announced is a performance of An Appointment With Mr Yeats at The State Theatre, Sydney on Wednesday 23rd January as part of the Sydney Festival. Tickets go on sale today, Monday 29th Oct, online from Sydney Festival or from Ticketmaster and by phone hotline (+61) 1300 723 038. The show will be part of a ten-date tour of Australia and New Zealand. All the other concerts will be regular Waterboys shows and dates will be announced shortly.
ARBUTUS YARNS FILM OF WATERBOYS SPIDDAL REUNION
When Mike, Steve and Anto played for the Strange Boat charity in Spiddal last month, film-maker Myles O'Reilly of Arbutus Yarns was there. To see his beautiful 11-minute documentary click here
MIKE AND STEVE: BOSTON SHOW ANNOUNCED, 18 NOV
Mike Scott will read from his book Adventures Of A Waterboy at Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA on 18th November. He will also be joined by Steve Wickham for an acoustic set. Showtime is 8pm and tickets are available NOW here
BOOKREADING AT ROLLING SUN FESTIVAL, WESTPORT, IRELAND
Mike will read from Adventures Of A Waterboys and play an acoustic set with Steve Wickham at the third annual Rolling Sun literary festival, Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland on Friday 9th November. Tickets are on sale NOW and are available only from the festival's telphone hotline (+353) 98 28088. For further info on the festival click here
MIKE'S READINGS IN NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA
Mike will read from Adventures Of A Waterboy at the following added venues in the USA. At each reading Mike will be joined for an acoustic set by Steve Wickham.
|Sun 11 Nov||World Cafe Live, PHILADELPHIA. Tickets available now from (+1) 215 222 1400 & online here|
|Tues 13 Nov||Rockwood Music Hall, New York. SOLD OUT|
|Wed 14 Nov||Rockwood Music Hall, NEW YORK. Tickets from (+1) 800 594 8499 and online here|
|Mon 19 Nov||Williamsburg Music Hall, BROOKLYN, NY. Tickets from (+1) 212 260 4700 and online here|
Mike and Steve will also play a short 3-song set at John Wesley Harding's multi-artist extravaganze, The Cabinet Of Wonders, on Friday 16 Nov at City Winery, NEW YORK. Also on the bill are Steve Earle and Loudon Wainright III. Tickets NOW from (+1) 212 608 0555 and online here
Photo: Steve Wickham
LONDON BOOK READING GIG AT SOUTHBANK
Mike will give a reading from Adventures Of A Waterboy, followed by a two-man musical set with Steve Wickham, at Purcell Room on London's Southbank on Wednesday 7 November. Tickets, priced £15.50, go on general sale on Wednesday 19th Sept from here. However, subscribers to the Waterboys' email updates can purchase tickets on Tuesday 18th Sept from this address (Please note: presale tickets cannot be purchased by calling the box office, they are available through this link only).
MIKE'S BOOK READINGS IN PENZANCE & GLASTONBURY
Mike Scott will give readings from Adventures Of A Waterboy in Penzance and Glastonbury, England on October 15 & 16. Following each reading Mike and Steve Wickham will perform an acoustic set. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Mike will sign copies after each show.
Mon 15 Oct: PENZANCE, The Acorn, Tickets price: £12.50 available NOW from 01736 330201 or online here
Tues 16 Oct: GLASTONBURY The Assembly Rooms, Tickets price: £12.50 available NOW from 01736 330201 or online here
LIVERPOOL AND ISLE OF MAN BOOK READINGS
Mike will give readings from Adventures Of A Waterboy at the following venues. He will be accompanied by Steve Wickham and each reading will be followed by an acoustic set by the pair. Copies of the book will be on sale and Mike will sign copies after the show.
Tues 9 Oct: LIVERPOOL Epstein Theatre, Tickets price £12.50 available NOW from +44 151 709 3789 or online here
Mon 29 Oct: ISLE OF MAN, Villa Marina Arcade, 3 Legs Festival. Tickets price £18 available NOW from +44 1624 600555 or online here
UK PUBLICATION OF ADVENTURES OF A WATERBOY
MIKE'S READING IN BIRMINGHAM
Mike will read from Adventures Of A Waterboy at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 17th October. The reading will be followed by a short acoustic set by Mike and Steve. Tickets priced £15 are on sale NOW from +44 121 780 3333 and online here
MIKE'S RADIO LONDON INTERVIEW WITH JENI BARNETT
Mike was interviewed by Jeni Barnett for her Radio London show. This will be broadcast on Sunday 19th August at 11.30am, after the news, and can be streamed here - link on right-hand side of the page.
A BUSK ON GRAFTON STREET - VIDEO
Mike joined a gang of young trad players on Grafton Street, Dublin last week. A clip has already been uploaded on Twitter but the full video is here
MIKE'S SOUL MUSIC SELECTION ON IRISH RADIO - ARCHIVED
You can hear Mike's interview with Cathal Murray, during which he chose 8 favourite soul records, here
Mike' section starts shortly before the Marvellettes track.
EXTRA SPIDDAL SHOW ADDED ON 25 SEPT
As tickets for the Mike, Steve & Anto reunion charity show in Spiddal have sold so quickly, and because there have been so many requests for tickets, a second show has been added. This will be a matinee performance, with doors at 4pm. Tickets are available from this morning, Wednesday 8th August from here. To give all fans a fair chance to attend these shows, we ask that people who already have tickets for the evening concert don't buy tickets for the early one.
MORE UK BOOK READINGS: GATESHEAD AND BASINGSTOKE
Mike will give readings from Adventures Of A Waterboy, with an additional short music set with Steve Wickham on the following dates:
Wed 10 October: The Sage, GATESHEAD. Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am from +44 191 443 4661 and online here
Sat 13 October: Haymarket Theatre, BASINGSTOKE. Tickets on sale now from +44 1256 844244 and online here
MIKE'S INTERVIEW WITH MARK RADCLIFFE ON BBC 6 MUSIC
Mike's entertaining interview earlier this week with Mark Radcliffe, on BBC 6's Radcliffe & Maconie show, can be accessed here. The interview begins approx 95 minutes into the show, just after the Bloc Party number.
UK BOOK READINGS - EDINBURGH AND STROUD ADDED
Two more UK appearances have been added to Mike’s calendar of readings from his memoir, Adventures Of A Waterboy. They are:
Thursday, 23rd August at St. Cecilia’s Hall in EDINBURGH, Scotland. Tickets £12 + booking fee from +44 844 844 0444 or here
Sunday, 14th October at Subscription Rooms, George Street, STROUD, Gloucestershire, UK at 8pm, doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 + booking fee from +44 1453 760 900 or here
2 VERY SPECIAL WEST OF IRELAND EVENTS, SEPT 25 & 26
Mike Scott, Steve Wickham and Anto Thistlethwaite will reunite for a one-off 3-man show, titled STRANGE BOAT 2012, in the Waterboys' spiritual home of SPIDDAL, County Galway, Ireland, on Tuesday 25th September. This is the first time The Waterboys have ever played a formal concert in Spiddal. The show will be at Park Lodge Hotel at 7.30pm, and is a benefit for The Circle Of Life project building a commemorative garden in Galway in memory of organ donors. Also on the bill are Alec Finn and Charlie Lennon, both veterans of the Fisherman's Blues sessions, and De Dannan singer Eleanor Shanley, who covered Strange Boat in 2008. Tickets for this unique and very special event are €25 and available here
The following evening, Wednesday 26th September, fifty miles up the Connemara coast, Mike will give a reading from Adventures Of A Waterboy at the Station House Theatre, CLIFDEN, Co Galway as part of CLIFDEN ARTS WEEK. Mike will be accompanied for a short musical set by Steve Wickham. Tickets are available here or by phone from +353 91 442 730. This will be Mike's first visit to Clifden's annual festival since he turned up unannounced a quarter of a century ago and played an impromptu gig at the local school, an occasion immortalised in this familiar video.
MIKE, STEVE & MEL TO PLAY AT 'MUSIC THAT CHANGES THE WORLD' LIVESTREAMING ON TUESDAY
Mike Scott, Steve Wickham and Waterboys' pedal steel player Mel Duffy will perform several songs at Dave Stewart's multi-artist concert "Music That Changes The World" on Tuesday 24 July (tomorrow) as part of Walk A Mile, a series of global events promoting tolerance and peace launched to coincide with the London Olympics. The concert will be held at Dave Stewart's venue The Hospital, in London, before an invited audience, and will stream live here starting at 8.30pm. Other artists participating include KT Tunstall, Moby and Daryll Hall.
MIKE'S BOOK READING IN LONDON, 27 AUG
Mike Scott will mark the UK launch of his book Adventures Of A Waterboy at Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road, N6, on Monday August 27th at 8pm. Mike will read from the book and be interviewed by music journalist Gavin Martin. Tickets, price £6, are available now here
MIKE'S BOOK READINGS IN CORK AND KILKENNY
Mike Scott will give readings from Adventures Of A Waterboy in the Irish cities of Kilkenny and Cork on the 15th and 16th of August. On each occasion the format will be readings from the book interspersed with interview, followed by a short musical set by Mike and Steve Wickham. Dates are:
Wed 15 Aug Kilkenny Arts Festival, The Ormonde Hotel, KILKENNY at 7.30pm. Interview by journalist and author Peter Murphy. Tickets priced €16 or €14 available from +353 567 752 175 or here
Thurs 16 Aug The Pavilion, Carey's Lane, CORK at 8pm. Interview by broadcaster Mick Mulcahy. Tickets priced €12 available here
MIKE'S BOOK READING IN GLASGOW
To coincide with the UK publication in August of his memoir Adventures Of A Waterboy, Mike will give a reading from the book at Oran Mor, Glasgow, at 8pm, Friday 24th August. The evening will also include a short set of songs played by Mike and Steve Wickham. Tickets are on sale now from +44 844 844 04444 or online here
MIKE AND STEVE ON RTE'S MIRIAM MEETS, SUNDAY MORNING 10AM
Mike Scott and Steve Wickham will be interviewed on Miriam Meets, broadcast on RTE1, Sunday at 10am (repeated Monday 4am). They will be talking for an hour to presenter Miriam O'Callaghan about their friendship and work together, and playing a selection of acoustic songs, including Savage Earth Heart and Saint & Angels. Stream it live here
MIKE READS FROM HIS BOOK - VIDEO
Mike was filmed reading an extract from Adventures Of A Waterboy while visiting Kenny's Bookshop in Galway, Ireland, last week. View the clip here.
WATERBOYS TO PLAY IN SAN SEBASTIAN
The Waterboys will play at the Jazzaldia Festival in San Sebastian, Spain, on Saturday 21st July. Tickets are free. Further info here
ISN'T IT A PITY ON SOUNDCLOUD
During a soundcheck on their recent UK tour, The Waterboys jammed a ten-minute version of George Harrison's venerable song Isn't It A Pity. Hear it here
UNTHANKS AND KATIE KIM CONFIRMED FOR BILL OF IVEAGH GARDENS SHOW, DUBLIN, 20 JULY
The Waterboys will be joined by The Unthanks and Katie Kim at their open air show in Dublin, 20th July, at the Iveagh Gardens. Tickets can be purchased here
WATERBOYS CONFIRMED FOR ROCK EN SEINE, PARIS IN AUGUST
The Waterboys will play at Rock En Seine, Paris, France, on Sunday 26 August, appearing in late afternoon, probably around 4pm. Day tickets, price €49 or weekend (3 day) tickets price €109 are available here
Photo: Paul Mac Manus
DRANOUTER FESTIVAL, BELGIUM CONFIRMED
WATERBOYS ACOUSTIC VIDEOS FILMED IN PARIS
The band were filmed playing two acoustic songs by Reno Cargo when they visited Paris in May.
MIKE'S READING FROM 'ADVENTURES OF A WATERBOY' IN BELFAST
Mike will give a reading from his newly-published book Adventures Of A Waterboy at Belfast Book Festival on Monday 18th June at 8pm. The event will be held at Crescent Arts Centre, University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NH. Tickets priced £8 and £6 are available here.
Signed copies of Adventures Of A Waterboy can be purchased online here.
ADVENTURES OF A WATERBOY - PUBLISHED 6 JUNE
Mike Scott's long awaited musical memoir, Adventures Of A Waterboy, is published in a beautiful hardback edition by Lilliput Press of Dublin on 6th June. Paperback publication, through UK publisher Jawbone Press, will follow in August. Adventures Of A Waterboy was written between 2008 and 2010 and runs to 272 pages. It's an eye-opening account of Mike's life in music; serious, funny, profound, whimsical and enigmatic, with blow-by-blow descriptions of his days in teenage garage bands, the rise of The Waterboys, his exploits with Steve Wickham and the rest of the gang in the west of Ireland, and much, much more. Read an extract here. Adventures Of A Waterboy can be purchased online here.
To tie in with publication Mike will be giving a series of readings from the book around Ireland on the following dates:
Thurs 7 June: Dublin Writers Festival, Liberty Hall, Dublin, 8.30pm. Tickets €12 and €10 here Mike will be hosted by music journalist and former teenage Waterboys fanatic Jim Carroll. Steve Wickham will also guest.
Sun 10 June: Borris House Hay festival, Eigse, Carlow, 7.15pm. Tickets €9 here.
Wed 13 June: Roisin Dubh, Galway, 8.30pm. Tickets €10 here Mike will be hosted by Sawdoctors' guitarist Leo Moran. Steve Wickham will also guest.
LAST COPIES OF 7" POLITICS SINGLE AVAILABLE ONLINE
The last remaining copies of The Waterboys limited edition 7” Politics single are now available online here. The single features two previously unreleased songs on the flip side: The Travelling Man And The Tree and Down By The Salley Gardens, both with lyrics by W.B. Yeats.
WATERBOYS PLAY DUBLIN'S IVEAGH GARDENS, 20 JULY
The Waterboys will play an open-air show at Dublin's magical Iveagh Gardens on Friday 20th July as part of a three day series also featuring Lisa Hannigan and Rufus Wainright. Tickets are available now here. Two special guest acts will be on the bill and as soon as we have confirmed details we'll announce them.
Photo: Dave Thomas
WATERBOYS CONFIRMED FOR SOLFEST
The Waterboys will headline Solfest Festival, Cumbria, England, on Saturday 25th August. The festival runs from 24th to 26th Aug with tickets available now from +44 1900 602122. Information and tickets online here, price £95 (weekend), £65 (child), £25 (5-11). Other acts include Saint Jude, the great rock and soul band who supported on the 2007 Waterboys tour, Louis Barabbas, Tarras and Fiona Clayton.
CLOUD OF SOUND BACK IN STOCK
Cloud of Sound, the exclusive 15-track album available only at Waterboys shows and the band's website is back in stock at our online store. Reasons for the delay is that Mike Scott has been slow to sign copies. When pressed for an explanation, the Scottish singer said "Have you ever tried signing 5000 CDs?" and immediately wept with pain while holding his right hand in a bucket of ice. The album is available now here. In between signing sessions on the current tour, Mike had just enough wrist-power left to write a short track-by-track description for the website, which you can read here.
POLITICS SINGLE FOR RECORD STORE DAY - APRIL 21ST
The Waterboys release Politics, from An Appointment With Mr Yeats, as a special 7" single to mark Record Store Day on 21st April. The single, in a limited edition of only 1,000 copies, features two previously unreleased songs on the flip side: The Travelling Man And The Tree and Down By The Salley Gardens, both with lyrics by W.B. Yeats. It will be available from partipating record shops only, details available here.
The Waterboys will play Cornbury Festival, Great Tew Park, OXFORDSHIRE, UK on Fri 29 June. Other acts include Elvis Costello,Macy Gray, Nerina Pallot and many more. Tickets, price £65 adult day, £150 adult weekend, £170 adult weekend with camping, on sale NOW from 0844 338 0000 or online here
The Waterboys will appear at Bospop Festival, Weert, HOLLAND on Sun 8 July. Other performers include Patti Smith, Chris Cornell and Alanis Morrisette. Tickets, price €75 (day ticket) and €130 (weekend ticket), on sale NOW here
EXCLUSIVE CD: CLOUD OF SOUND
An exclusive Waterboys CD called CLOUD OF SOUND, and containing 15 fabulous tracks never before gathered on an album, will be available at venues on the Appointment With The Waterboys tour, starting at the first show, March 7, in Sandnes, in a limited edition of 5000 copies signed by Mike Scott. The CD will also be available online here while supplies last.
Many of the tracks are from Mike's Soundcloud page and several have never been heard before. None of the song versions included have ever appeared on a CD or album until now.
The track list is as follows:
Winter Blows (2012 mix)
The Girl In The Swing (live)
Killing My Heart (live)
The Serpent’s Head
The Seven Woods
Silent Fellowship (2012 mix)
Straight With The Medicine
The Passing Of The Shee
Mr Wickham Composes (live)
Seek The Light (extended)
Savage Earth Heart (live)
BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL, DEVON UK
The Waterboys will appear at The Beautiful Days Festival, Escot Park, DEVON, UK on Sun 19 August. Other acts include Public Image Limited, Frank Turner and Richard Thompson & The Sleeping Souls, The Levellers, New Model Army and many more. Tickets on sale NOW from 0871 220 0260 or online here
For further information visit here
CARDIFF SHOW & WESTPORT FESTIVAL
Two more Waterboys shows have been added this spring and summer. They are:
'An Appointment With The Waterboys', Mon 14 May, St David’s Hall CARDIFF, Wales. Tickets priced £28.50 are on sale NOW from +44 2920 878444 or online here
The Westport Festival of Music and Performing Arts, Sat 23 June, Westport House, WESTPORT, Co Mayo, Ireland. Tickets are €75 for Saturday or €130 for the weekend, on sale NOW from +353 1 4038413 or online here
WATERBOYS SPANISH TOUR APRIL 2012
The Waterboys will tour Spain in April. Tickets are on sale now. There will be no support act, so come early. These shows will be played by the 5-piece line-up of the band, featuring Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, James Hallawell, Marc Arciero and Ralph Salmins. Dates are as follows:
|April 12||Teatro Principal, ALICANTE www.servicam.com +34 965 117117|
|April 13||Palacio De Congresos, VALENCIA. Book here|
|April 14||Palacio De Congresos, ALBACETE +34 902 405 902|
|April 15||Teatro Coliseum, BARCELONA www.telentrada.com|
|April 17||Teatro Kapital, MADRID www.entradas.com|
|April 18||Teatro La Laboral, GIJON. Book here|
|April 19||Santana 27, BILBAO www.entradas.com|
|April 20||Espacio Santander, SANTANDER www.cajacantabria.com|
|April 21||Pazo De Cultura, PONTEVEDRA www.servinova.es|
ADDITIONAL UK SHOWS
WATERBOYS AT BATACLAN, PARIS, 24 MAY
MORE UK SHOWS ADDED
Three more UK shows have been added to the Appointment With The Waterboys tour. They are:
Sun 20 May BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion
Mon 21 May GUILDFORD G Live
Tue 22 May BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Tickets, price £28.50 and £25.00 are available exclusively to Waterboys fans from 9am today Thursday 2 Feb here
From Saturday 4 Feb, tickets will be on general sale from 0844 338 0000 (24-hour) and online here
FESTIVAL IN BRITTANY, 4TH AUGUST
The Waterboys will headline FESTIVAL DU BOUT DU MONDE in Crozon, Brittany, France on Saturday 4th August. Other acts include Jimmy Cliff, Flavia Coelho and roots artists from around the world. Tickets price €28 are available now here
VINTAGE LIVE WATERBOYS VIDEOS ONLINE
In the last week films of several vintage Waterboys concerts have appeared on youtube. These include the classic Glastonbury 1986 show, well-known to fans via bootleg records and the Live Adventures album; Rock Am Ring, a high quality TV broadcast from the same year; and a 17-minute Savage Earth Heart medley from Manchester 1989.
NEW UPLOADS ON MIKE SCOTT'S SOUNDCLOUD PAGE
Mike has recently posted the following on his soundcloud page
COR CHUIL AODHA BACKWARDS: a psychedelic mash-up of Irish choral music
MEET ME AT THE STATION: the 1929 original by Brother Williams Memphis Sanctified Singers of this great song, memorably covered by The Waterboys in the Fisherman's Blues era.
BOTHY BAND BOTH WAYS: another mischievous mash up of Irish trad music
WATERBOYS HEADLINE HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL
The Waterboys will play at this year's Hebridean Celtic Festival, Saturday 14th July, in the grounds of Lewis Castle, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis, Scotland. This is the band's first appearance at the Hebcelt festival since 2003, when their headlining appearance was the biggest-ever gig in Scotland's western isles. The festival runs from 11th to 14th July and weekend tickets, price £70 or £55 with concessions (+ under 14s free), go on sale Thursday 19th Jan here or by phone from (44) 1851 621234. Saturday-only tickets will go on sale once the full line-up has been announced. Check www.hebcelt.com for details.
MIKE'S DUET ON SARAH CALDERWOOD'S ALBUM
Mike has guested on the song The Blue Cockade on Australian singer Sarah Calderwood's new album As Night Falls. The song is traditional and tells the story of a young couple separated when the boy falls in with soldiers and enlists in the army. The album can be ordered online here and a preview of the track is available on Mike's soundcloud page.
NEW SONGS ADDED TO SOUNDCLOUD
DUTCH SHOWS ADDED
MARCH 2012 UK DATES ON SALE THURSDAY
The rest of the Waterboys' spring 2012 UK tour schedule will go on sale this Thursday morning, Oct 27 at 10am. 9 English shows have been added to the 5 Scottish dates already on sale, and the dates and box office numbers are as follows:
|March 2012||Venue||Box Office|
|Tue 20||GATESHEAD The Sage||0191 443 4661|
|Wed 21||LEEDS Town Hall||0113 224 3801|
|Thu 22||YORK Barbican||0844 854 2757|
|Sat 24||LIVERPOOL Philharmonic||0151 709 3789|
|Sun 25||LONDON Hammersmith Apollo||08448 44 47 48|
|Tue 27||BRIGHTON Dome||01273 709 709|
|Wed 28||CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange||01223 357851|
|Thu 29||BRISTOL Colston Hall||0117 922 3686|
|Fri 30||MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall||0161 907 9000|
Tickets can also be booked using the central 24 hour ticket hotline, 0844 338 0000 or online here Further European shows will be announced soon.
WATERBOYS ON LATER WITH JOOLS
The Waterboys will perform on Later Live With Jools Holland on BBC2 tonight, Tues 25 Oct at 10pm, and on Later With Jools Holland, BBC2, Fri 28 Oct at 11.50pm. Different songs will be played on the two nights, so don't miss either broadcast! After transmission the shows will be archived here and here
MIKE SCOTT ON STV'S "SCOTLAND'S GREATEST ALBUM"
Mike is interviewed on tonight's (Tuesday 18 October) episode of Scotland's Greatest Album on STV. The show will be transmitted at 9pm and this week features classic Scottish records of the 1990s, including The Whole Of The Moon which, though recorded in 1985, was a hit in 1991. For those of you outside Scotland, the show will be archived here Listeners can vote for their favourite 3 songs from each decade to be included on STV's imaginary "Scotland's Greatest Album", so if you think The Whole Of The Moon belongs there, vote here after the show. Mike reckons "it won't really be Scotland's greatest album, because the song selection is too arbitrary, but it's a good piece of fun that will get people talking for a few weeks and focussing on some of the great music Scotland's produced."
VIDEO OF MIKE PERFORMING 'ALL THE BOYS LOVE CARRIE'
Mike was filmed in March 2011 performing his first-ever record, Another Pretty Face's "All The Boys Love Carrie", at The Electric Circus in Edinburgh. The occasion was the 50th birthday party of APF member Steve Fraser, the "other" Steve in Mike's musical life. As well as Mike and Steve on guitars, the band features Ali "Drumslinger" Wilson, bassist Ali Barr, Lawrie Ball on keyboards and Lenny Helsing on backing vocals. All The Boys Love Carrie was released in 1979 and this was its first live performance in a whopping 29 years. Click here to view. For Mike's 2009 blog about Steve Fraser, click here.
IAN RANKIN'S EDINBURGH PLAYLIST
Continuing with the Edinburgh theme, author Ian Rankin, creator of the Inspector Rebus series of best-selling crime novels, has compiled a playlist of Edinburgh songs for The Guardian. He included The Whole Of The Moon.
WATERBOYS ONE-HOUR RADIO SPECIAL, TODAY, 12 NOON
Irish national station RTE1 will broadcast an hour-long special on the Waterboys' new album An Appointment With Mr Yeats from 12-1pm today, Friday 14 October. The special, hosted by Ronan Collins, features special acoustic performances of several songs plus an interview with Mike, Steve and Katie Kim. It will be streamed live here (click on "Radio 1") and archived here.
SHOW IN DUBLIN, 1 APRIL 2012
The Waterboys will tour Europe in the spring of 2012 and the first show to be announced has just gone on sale. It is at Dublin's Grand Canal Theatre on Sunday 1st April 2012 and tickets, price £45.50, are available now here. More shows will be announced as soon as we have details.
MIKE ON STV NEWS
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS - REVIEWS
The new Waterboys album An Appointment With Mr Yeats has been receiving a lot of excellent reviews, and we've posted a couple of our favourites on the band's website. To read click here
WATERBOYS FEATURE IN MOJO MAGAZINE
Mojo have done a major retrospective feature on The Waterboys in this month's issue. Mike was interviewed by top writer and long-time Waterboys fan James McNair.
MIKE SCOTT'S READING AT NANTWICH ON OCTOBER 7
Mike Scott will be reading from his forthcoming book KISS THE WIND: A WATERBOY'S ADVENTURES IN MUSIC at Thea Gilmore's Nantwich Words And Music Festival, near Manchester, England. The event is at 7.30pm on Friday 7 October at Crown Ballroom, Nantwich. Tickets, priced £15, are available now from (44) 1270 610751 or online here. Mike's previous reading at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast in April was a great success, and the Nantwich event is likely to be the only other opportunity to get a flavour of Mike's book in advance of its publication in early 2012.
WATERBOYS TO PLAY LIVE AT TOWER RECORDS, DUBLIN, 30 SEPT
The Waterboys will play a short free concert at Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin, Ireland at 6pm on Friday 30th September. The band will play songs from An Appointment With Mr Yeats with a six piece band including Mike, Steve, James, Archie and Katie Kim, and will sign copies of An Appointment With Mr Yeats and other Waterboys albums.
MIKE SCOTT INTERVIEWED IN DAILY TELEGRAPH
Neil McCormick interviewed Mike Scott about An Appointment With Mr Yeats in yesterday's Daily Telegraph newspaper
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS IS OUT!
An Appointment With Mr Yeats is released today. If you haven't already bought or ordered your copy, you can order from Amazon or download from iTunes or pick up a copy at your local record shop. The album is available in both CD and 45rpm double vinyl versions. The album was CD of the week in yesterday's Sunday Times.
NEW VERSION OF LET THE EARTH BEAR WITNESS VIDEO
An updated version of the Waterboys' Let The Earth Bear Witness video, featuring the new recording of the song from An Appointment With Mr Yeats is now available on youtube
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS - GUARDIAN STREAM THIS FRIDAY
British newspaper The Guardian will stream a special preview of the entire new Waterboys album An Appointment With Mr Yeats this Friday, 16th September. The stream will go live early in the morning and Mike Scott will be online between 3-4pm GMT responding to comments on the streaming page. Access via The Guardian's homepage.
MIKE AND WATERBOYS ON UK MEDIA THIS WEEK
With next Monday's release of An Appointment With Mr Yeats fast approaching, Mike Scott and some members of the band will appear in the UK media this week on the following programmes:
|Wed 14||BBC1 BREAKFAST circa 8.45am
(live televised interview with Mike)
|Wed 14||BBC 6 Music, RADCLIFFE & MACONIE, circa 2.30pm
(live radio interview with Mike)
|Fri 16||BBC Radio 3, THE VERB, 10pm
(Mike, James Hallawell & Katie Kim will perform 2 songs + interview)
|Fri 16||BBC Radio 2, ARTS SHOW, 11pm
(Mike interviewed live by Penny Smith)
|Sat 17||BBC Radio Scotland, JANICE FORSYTH, 10am
(interview with Mike)
|Mon 19||BBC Radio 4, FRONT ROW, 7.15pm
(Mike interviewed by John Wilson)
COMMENTS ON RICHARD CURTIS' ARTICLE
We all enjoyed Richard Curtis article about The Waterboys in last Wednesday's Guardian. If you missed it, read it here and be sure to scroll down for the countless wonderful comments from Waterpeople all over the world.
FILM-MAKER RICHARD CURTIS WRITES ABOUT THE WATERBOYS IN TODAY'S GUARDIAN
Richard Curtis, director of the movies Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill & Love Actually, has contributed an article on his love for The Waterboys to today's Guardian newspaper. It's a lovely piece of writing, full of affection for Waterboys' music, and Mike Scott has already tweeted how much he enjoyed reading it, though he expressed some mystification at the article's mention of his having made "two bluegrass albums last year"! Yes, we're mystified by that too.
SEPTEMBER 1913 NOW AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING
Track 10 of An Appointment With Mr Yeats, the epic September 1913, has been uploaded to the band's soundcloud page.
Photo: Paul Mac Manus
BONUS TRACK ON AMAZON DOWNLOAD
An additional bonus track, Love Song, will be available with the album at Amazon.co.uk from 19 September, both as an individual track and part of the album.
SWEET DANCER SINGLE NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
The Waterboys' first single from An Appointment With Mr Yeats, Sweet Dancer, has started to receive radio play. It has been heard already on Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music, XFM, Clyde, Radio Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland. And we're delighted to announce that the single is available for download NOW from iTunes Europe. Click here.
VIDEO OF SEPTEMBER 1913
We've uploaded a short video of the band performing the mighty September 1913 from An Appointment With Mr Yeats. The film was shot at Dublin's Abbey Theatre last year, and is intercut with Mike Scott interview extracts. To view click here
EDITION OF "MR YEATS" WITH SIGNED MUSIC MANUSCRIPT
Our friends at Townsend Records have a supply of the new Waterboys album, AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS, on both CD and double vinyl with a special limited edition manuscript page, each copy individually signed by Mike and Steve. The manuscript shows the violin part from the album's opening track The Hosting Of The Shee, rendered in the Wickham hand, is printed on 135 gsm matt art paper, and only available with copies of the album sold by Townsend. This is available now for pre-order (delivery at Sept 19 release date). Cost is £9.99 (CD) and £15.99 (double vinyl). Click here to pre-order CD, and here for vinyl.
WHITE BIRDS ON SOUNDCLOUD
Track 6, WHITE BIRDS, from An Appointment With Mr Yeats is now available for advance listening on the band's soundcloud page. The track is a modern successor to the classic widescreen early Waterboys sound. Mike describes it as 'the pure big music', and we think you'll agree it is momentous!
THE WATERBOYS CONTRIBUTE SONG TO DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION
The Waterboys have contributed In The Beginning Was Love, co-written by Mike Scott and spiritual author David Spangler, to ‘DOWNLOAD FOR GOOD - Music That Changes The World’, an online charity music label which benefits the David Lynch Foundation's work providing meditation instruction to schoolchildren, military personnel, jail populations and at-risk communities.
You can buy and download In The Beginning Was Love here
Other artists donating tracks include Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds, Moby, Alanis Morrisette, The Charlatans and many more. Further info here
For more info about the David Lynch Foundation and its work click here
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS ALBUM - OUT SEPT 19!
The long-awaited new Waterboys album AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS will be released across Europe by Proper Records on September 19th. North American release will follow in 2012. The album was produced by Mike Scott and Waterboys' bassist Marc Arciero, and contains 14 new songs created from the lyrics of Ireland's greatest poet, WB Yeats (1865-1939). The songs were premiered at the band's raved-about Appointment With Mr Yeats concerts in Ireland and Britain in 2010 and early 2011, and the tracklist is:
The Hosting Of The Shee
Song Of Wandering Aengus
News For The Delphic Oracle
A Full Moon In March
The Lake Isle Of Innisfree
Mad As The Mist And Snow
Before The World Was Made
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
Let The Earth Bear Witness
The Faery's Last Song
All the musicians from the most recent Mr Yeats concerts are featured: Steve Wickham (fiddle), Katie Kim (vocals), James Hallawell (keyboards), Kate St John (sax, oboe, cor anglais), Blaise Margail (trombone), Ralph Salmins (drums), Sarah Allen (flute) and Joe Chester (guitar) as well as Scott and Arciero. The album was recorded in London and Dublin between March and June 2011.
A special preview of track 5, SWEET DANCER has just been uploaded to Soundcloud.
The album will be released in both CD and double vinyl formats. Pre-order the CD or vinyl now on Amazon or CD at Play.com
Downloads on iTunes and Amazon will feature bonus tracks.
To read more about An Appointment With Mr Yeats, including an interview with Mike Scott, click here.
The album cover was created by Nina Hunter from a photograph by Paul Mac Manus.
MIKE CO-WRITES SONG ON NEW JAMES MADDOCK ALBUM
Mike has co-written the opening track Beautiful Now on New York-based English singer James Maddock's new album Wake Up And Dream, released in the USA on June 21st. The song is one of the several Mike and James have written together, with Mike supplying lyrics and James the music. The track can be previewed here.
More information and details on how to order/download the album are here.
YEATS TO MUSIC / POETRY TO SONG, LONDON EVENT 15 SEPTEMBER
Mike Scott will give a talk and musical performance at The Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London on Thursday evening, 15th September, titled YEATS TO MUSIC / POETRY TO SONG. Tickets for the evening, priced £17.50, are available now from the box office, (+44) 844 847 9910 or www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Mike will be joined by Waterboys piano player James Hallawell and vocalist Katie Kim, and the evening will include acoustic performances of several songs from the forthcoming album AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS. Mike will talk about Yeats' history of being set to music and the development of the Appointment With Mr Yeats show and album. Album release date, tracklist and purchase details will be announced next week.
Photo: Dave Mitchell
FESTIVAL IN PAIMPOL, BRITTANY CONFIRMED
The Waterboys will play at Festival Du Chant De Marin, on Saturday 13th August at Paimpol, Brittany, France. Tickets are available now from the festival box office 0033 2 96 55 12 77 or online here. Other performers include Simple Minds, The Chieftains, and Sinead O'Connor. This will be the second Waterboys show in Brittany this summer, after Festival Interceltique in Lorient on Friday 5th August.
MIKE SCOTT INTERVIEWED BY THE QUIETUS
Mike recently gave a fascinating interview to The Quietus about the making of This Is The Sea, In A Special Place and much more. He was talking to writer Wyndham Wallace and you can read it here.
IN A SPECIAL PLACE IS OUT NOW!
MIKE TALKS ON FILM ABOUT 'IN A SPECIAL PLACE'
On a recent visit to EMI's offices in central London, Mike was filmed talking about the upcoming release of In A Special Place. He shows off his old 'Black Book' in which his songs were written and explains the background to the birth of the classic album This Is The Sea. In A Special Place can be pre-ordered now here.
MIKE SCOTT'S BOOK READING IN BELFAST, 30 APRIL
Mike will give a rare preview from his forthcoming book, a memoir about his life in music, at The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast, on Saturday 30 April. The reading will be held in The Black Box at 6pm and tickets, priced £5.00, are available here The festival runs from 28 April to 8 May and also features Bell X1, Mary Gauthier, Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy.
For further info about the festival, click here.
SUMMER FESTIVALS 2011
Three summer festivals have just been announced. The Waterboys will appear as a six-piece, with new lap steel and guitar player MELVIN DUFFY augmenting the band. These will be regular shows, NOT "Mr Yeats" performances.
14 May: BEARDED THEORY, Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, ENGLAND
Tickets (Adult: £68, 12-16: £32, 5-11: £22, Under 5: Free) available from www.quaytickets.com and Festival Box Office: 08432 081835
Further info: www.beardedtheory.com
19 August: KARTFESTIVALEN, Gvarv, Telemark, NORWAY, billed as the world's first organic music festival. Tickets: £50 from 0047 815 33133 or www.billettservice.no
20 August: MAALROCK FESTIVAL, Aardalstangen, NORWAY. Tickets: from 0047 815 33133 or www.billettservice.no
KATE ST JOHN JOINS
English musician and composer Kate St John will join The Waterboys for their upcoming performances of Appointment With Mr Yeats in the UK (Jan 30 - Feb 4). Kate was invited to join the ensemble by Mike Scott and will play oboe, sax and cor anglais. Kate has played with Van Morrison, Damon Albarn, Philip Glass, Marianne Faithful and many other artists.
A HUNDRED VERSES TO "AND A BANG ON THE EAR"
WORD magazine invited visitors to their website to write their own verses for The Waterboys' classic And A Bang On The Ear. A lot of people did and you can read their stories in verse here
MR YEATS FACEBOOK PAGE
Meanwhile a fan has set up a Facebook page for An Appointment With Mr Yeats
MR YEATS INTERVIEW
Mike Scott was interviewed in Dublin by Michael Moravek of the band Planeausters.
INTERVIEW IN THE HERALD
Mike Scott talks to Graeme Thomson about An Appointment With Mr Yeats in Scottish newspaper The Herald
NEW ON MIKE'S SOUNDCLOUD
3 new tracks have just been uploaded to soundcloud.
You're A Big Girl Now ~ the Bob Dylan song, recorded live by Mike, James Hallawell and the mOare Music Festival house band a week ago
Garbage Truck ~ a children's song recorded a few years ago for Mike's 3-year-old godson Casper Hawkins
On My Way To Big Light - Mike's 1999 collaboration with Latvian singer Ainars Meilavs
WATERBOYS CONNECTION TO NEW MANIC STREET PREACHERS ALBUM
An encounter between Mike Scott and James Dean Bradfield inspired a song on the new Manic Street Preachers album Postcards From A Young Man. For more info click here and scroll down to the song "I Think I've Found It".
WATERBOYS PLAY DEN HAAG, HOLLAND - ON SALE THIS FRIDAY
The Waterboys will play a regular show - not a Mr Yeats show - at World Forum, Den Haag, Holland on 20th November at 20:15 hrs. This is The Waterboys' first show in Den Haag for three years and the band's only show in Holland this year. It will be a seated concert featuring the festival line-up of Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, James Hallawell (keyboards), Marc Arciero (bass) and Binzer (drums). Tickets priced €45, €43 & €39 go on sale at 10am September 3rd and will be available here or by phone (callers from Holland only) at 0900 300 1250.
JAMES HALLAWELL JOINS THE WATERBOYS
James Hallawell, ace keyboard player and veteran of Mike Scott’s late '90s band, has joined The Waterboys and will be performing at all the band’s shows, beginning with The Electric Picnic on September 3rd and the Appointment With Mr Yeats Irish tour in November. Says Mike: "I'm thrilled to have James on board. He brings a truckload of skills to the band: brilliant playing, charisma, arrangement and studio smarts, a sense of danger. And he's an old friend, one of the greatest Waterboys that never was – and now he is!"
To read Mike Scott’s blog “From All You Need Is Love to My Sweet Lord” all about the heyday of the spiritual hit single, 1967-71, click here
TRUMPETS - WATERBOYS VS HEADSTRONG RELEASED
Headstrong's fantastic dance remix of the classic Waterboys track Trumpets is released this week on the new Headstrong album Timeless Part 1. The mix was done by Don Jackson, and both Mike Scott and Anto Thistlethwaite love it. "He makes my young voice sound incredible", said Mike, "as good as I've ever heard it sound". The album is available on CD from Amazon, Napster, Limewire and other outlets, and from Headstrong's label Sola Records also from iTunes and Beatport.
You can preview the track here.
MIKE'S SOUNDCLOUD - NEW TRACKS AND MASHES
Mike Scott has just opened a page at the music-sharing website Soundcloud where you can hear exclusive Waterboys songs plus various mysterious and wonderful tracks and mash-ups from Mike's home studio. More stuff is being added all the time and there are around twenty items on the page at time of writing. Tracks can also be uploaded to your own site or blogspot. To access click here
MIKE INTERVIEWED IN THE GUARDIAN
The Guardian has an article on setting poetry to music and features an interview with Mike talking about the "Mr Yeats" songs. The article can be viewed here.
SAINTS AND ANGELS DOWNLOAD IS NOW AVAILABLE
The Waterboys/Sharon Shannon single SAINTS AND ANGELS, remixed by Mike Scott from the version on Sharon’s current album Saint And Scoundrels, is now available from iTunes Ireland. The single was due to be released Dec 4th but was mysteriously delayed by iTunes. We apologise to all of you who tried to download it over the past week. Meanwhile, those abroad will soon be able to purchase SAINTS AND ANGELS at the Waterboys own website store.
MARK SMITH - FACEBOOK MEMORIAL PAGE
A memorial page for Waterboys bass player Mark Smith has been set up on Facebook, where people can read and leave messages about Mark. Several of Mark’s Waterboys colleagues have posted memories. To visit, click here
ARTICLE ON MIKE SCOTT'S MUSIC ROOM
Mike has written a short piece for an Irish website about the room where he writes and works. To read, click here
MIKE'S NADSAT LEXICON
Followers of Mike Scott’s Twitter page will know he spent much of Summer 2009 tweeting in Nadsat, the futuristic language invented by Anthony Burgess for his great novel A Clockwork Orange. Mike also invented many of his own Nadsat words and has compiled an illustrated Nadsat-English dictionary, more complete than the lexicon found in some editions of the book, and it is available online here.
MIKE'S INTRO TO R. OGILVIE CROMBIE'S BOOK
Mike has written the introduction to The Gentleman And The Faun, a collection of vintage lectures and articles by the late Scottish mystic R. Ogilvie Crombie, published this month by Findhorn Press. For further information and to purchase the book, click here.
MARK SMITH 1960-2009
We're very sorry to inform you all that our friend and colleague, Waterboys bass player Mark Smith, has died unexpectedly at his home in London. We don't yet know the cause of death, but are told Mark was found dead on his sofa and as far as we know, he died peacefully. No foul play is suspected. Mark played on stage with Mike Scott only a few weeks ago at the Groucho Club in London and had been active since then, playing with various bands, musicians and friends around London. We will all miss Mark very much, not just for his fabulous bass playing but for his friendship and his wonderful, dry humour.
MIKE'S ONLINE INTERVIEW WITH CULCH.IE
Mike was interviewed recently at Dublin’s Odessa Club by Darragh Doyle of culch.ie. They discussed the upcoming Waterboys show An Appointment With Mr Yeats and much more. Click here to view.
MIKE READS ONE OF HIS POEMS ON VIDEO
A rare film of Mike reading on of his poems, My Love For Her Is Fire, is up on youtube. Click here to view.
LET THE EARTH BEAR WITNESS - NOW WITH FARSI SUBTITLES
LET THE EARTH BEAR WITNESS, The Waterboys’ video/song tribute to the Iranian protesters is now uploaded to youtube with the song’s lyric, written by W.B. Yeats, in Farsi (Persian) subtitles. View it here.
LET THE EARTH BEAR WITNESS - MIKE'S VIDEO FOR IRANIAN PROTESTERS
Mike Scott, his wife Janette and Waterboys’ webmaster Ian Barratt have created a 3-minute video titled LET THE EARTH BEAR WITNESS in tribute to the Iranian protesters. The film shows fantastic images of the uprising in Iran to a soundtrack of a split-new Waterboys with a lyric by the great Irish poet WB Yeats. Says Mike: "Let The Earth Bear Witness is inspired by the amazing scenes of hundreds of thousands of Iranian people standing up for their rights and freedom. I took the words from two old Yeats poems, in which he was writing about Irish freedom fighters. But his words apply to any freedom fighters, anytime, anywhere in the world."
The film is live on youtube now and can be viewed here.
We’re working on a version with subtitles in Farsi and this will also be posted shortly. If you find the film inspiring please pass on or tweet the link to everyone you know.
LET THE EARTH BEAR WITNESS words by W.B. Yeats
They shall be remembered for ever
They shall be alive for ever
They shall be speaking for ever
The people shall hear them for ever
Let the sea bear witness
Let the wind bear witness
Let the earth bear witness
Let the stars bear witness!
THE PASSING OF THE SHEE / VIGILANTE - DOWNLOAD SINGLE
Two brand new Waterboys tracks are available NOW to download at our website store here. The Passing Of The Shee and Vigilante form a double ‘a’ side download single available only on our website, price £1.49. The Passing Of The Shee has lyrics by Irish author J.M. Synge and was set to music and recorded by Mike Scott to mark the centenary of Synge’s death a hundred years ago today. Vigilante is a brand new Waterboys song, featuring Mike on most instruments and Steve Wickham on fuzz fiddle.
Samples of both tracks can be heard on the store, and the full-length Passing Of The Shee is available to listen to (but not download) on our myspace player here.
RICHARD NAIFF LEAVES WATERBOYS
After nearly ten years of music Richard Naiff is leaving The Waterboys, though it is understood he may be involved in future projects from time to time. Richard is currently spending time with his family after the birth of his son Sam last summer, and as soon as we hear about Richard's next musical projects we'll keep you posted. Mike Scott said: "Richard has been a wonderful colleague and friend, a musical wizard, and a great Waterboy. We wish him all the very best in the future and will be staying in touch with him."
MIKE AND STEVE AT SXSW
Mike and Steve spent a couple of days at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and managed to play at least 3 shows. Here are some excerpts:
RAGGLE TAGGLE GYPSY
THE PAN WITHIN
MIKE AND STEVE'S NEW YORK TRIP
Mike and Steve spent a week in New York in September just hanging out. We've uploaded a gallery of their photographs. Click here to view.
SPIDDAL SHOWS REUNION WITH ANTO
Mike and Steve were reunited with Anto Thistlethwaite for two special shows in Spiddal, Co Galway, Ireland on 25th September. Held at the Park Lodge Hotel, the shows were attended by two sets of 250 fans, local and from all over the world.
Spiddal is the small village on the edge of the Atlantic where The Waterboys finished Fisherman's Blues in 1988 and recorded Room To Roam in 1990, and it has become a place of pilgrimage for Waterboys fans in the two decades since. Those fans have included Decemberists singer Colin Meloy who, like many others, jumped the wall of Spiddal House to see the stately home where the band once recorded.
The shows, performed for the Strange Boat organ donor charity, were held to raise funds for a commemorative garden. Each show was around 80 minutes long and they were the first-ever concerts to feature only the late '80s core Waterband of Mike, Steve and Anto.
The set featured songs from Fisherman's Blues and Room To Roam plus Savage Earth Heart, The Pan Within and Bring 'Em All in as well as Lake Isle Of Innisfree and Mad As The Mist And Snow from last years's album An Appointment With Mr Yeats. Innisfree was embellished by Anto's bluesy slide mandolin, and the maestro also played sax and harmonica. One song, Blues For Your Baby, received its first-ever live outings. For the encore of Strange Boat the trio was joined by Irish singer Eleanor Shanley and fiddler Charlie Lennon, who also played the fiddle reel for When Ye Go Away. The photo above shows all five players and was taken by Gavin Kelly.
MIKE'S BOOK READINGS IN IRELAND
Mike gave 5 readings in Ireland over the last fortnight to launch his book Adventures Of A Waterboy. For Lilliput Press's launch on June 6 at the Workmans Club in Dublin Mike read several extracts to an invited audience of Dublin musicians, friends, writers and scenemakers, then was joined for half a dozen songs by Steve Wickham. The pair opened with a two-guitar version of Savage Earth heart, reprising their jam of it from the day they met, back in 1985, as described in the book. The next night Mike was interviewed onstage at Dublin Writer's Festival by journalist Jim Carroll, read several more book extracts, took questions from the audience, and played another six songs with Steve including The Pan Within, Bring 'Em All In and Saints & Angels.
On Sunday 10th Mike read at Borris House Hay Festival, near Carlow, and was interviewed onstage by Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyarenson. On Wednesday 13th, at Roisin Dubh in Galway, Leo Moran of The Sawdoctors asked the questions and Mike was joined again by Steve Wickham for a grand musical finale, including the appearance of an unexpected special guest, the mighty Anto Thistlethwaite. Anto emerged from the curtains blowing sax then sat in on mandolin for several songs with his two old colleagues.
On Monday 18th Mike appeared in Belfast, no interviewer and no musical companions, and gave a long reading at Crescent Arts Centre as part of the Belfast Book Festival. A series of readings in the UK are currently being organised for late this summer, when Jawbone Press will issue the book outside of Ireland. Below are three photos from Galway, and one from Belfast. Thank you to Gavin, Adrian and Margaret for allowing us to use their pictures.
Photo: Gavin Kelly
Photo: Gavin Kelly
Photo: Adrian Staunton
Photo: Margaret O'Neill
MIKE'S BOOK LAUNCH, DUBLIN
Liam O'Maonlai, Steve Wickham and Mike Scott at the launch of Mike's book Adventures Of A Waterboy, 6th June, at the Workman's Club, Dublin. Photo by Lar Boland.
MIKE'S PERFORMANCE ON DONAL DINEEN SHOW
Mike played 4 new songs and was interviewed on the final edition of "Small Hours", DJ Donal Dineen's cult late-night show on Ireland's Today FM. The songs were "Ain't Leavin', I'm Gone", "I Can See Elvis", "Nearest Thing To Hip" and the beautiful "November Tale", the last two co-written with James Maddock. To stream the recording click here and scroll to Friday's show. Mike's segment begins at 15 minutes and lasts around half an hour.
LATER WITH JOOLS
The Waterboys appeared on BBC's Later With Jools Holland in October and performed three songs from An Appointment With Mr Yeats. Here they are:
MR YEATS IN THE UK - WHAT HAPPENED
Everyone is raving about the UK's first Mr Yeats performances in Glasgow, Warwick, Liverpool and London last week. But we'll let the UK's dazzled music journalists tell you just what the shows were like. Daily Telegraph, Glasgow Herald, Guardian, The Scotsman. And don't miss all the news and updates on the show at the Mr Yeats facebook page
PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE MR YEATS TOUR
Several of the band snapped shots during the recent Appointment With Mr Yeats tour of the UK. We've gathered our favourites into a photo gallery. Click here to view.
SHOW IN THE HAGUE
The band played their last show of 2010 at World Forum, Den Haag, Holland on Saturday 20th November. This was a regular Waterboys show, not a Mr Yeats one, rescheduled from the summer, and the set list was: November Tale / Long Strange Golden Road / If You Don't Want Me / Glastonbury Song / Killing My Heart / Dead Flowers / The Whole Of The Moon / Raggle Taggle Gypsy / Fisherman's Blues / You're A Big Girl Now / September 1913 / Be My Enemy / Roll Over Beethoven (impromptu) / Don't Bang The Drum / Savage Earth Heart. Steve banged a gong, Razors razored, Binzer bashed, Archie dug deep and Mike bust a finger. The world shifted slightly on its axis and a splendid time was had by all. Photo of Steve by Miranda Van Elk.
SPIDDAL HOUSE ON TV
Steve Wickham and Mike Scott were interviewed on Irish TV programme Ce a Chonaigh i mo Theachsa? (Who Lived in my House?) on 11 November. The show explored the history of Spiddal House where much of Fisherman's Blues and Room To Roam were recorded. Steve and Mike were shown returning to the house after many years, talking about the recordings, and lots of vintage clips of the band recording were shown. There are also interviews with current and past owners of the house. The episode can be viewed online here
MR YEATS TOUR OF IRELAND
The Waterboys have completed their 6-show tour of Ireland playing An Appointment With Mr Yeats. Mike tells us: "The band's favourite show was Dublin but they were all good and the 10-piece line-up just gets better and better. We had a great time. UK in two months - look out!" We'll be posting a gallery of pictures from the tour soon and the beautiful 28-page concert programme concert programme is now available to buy online.
Mike played with James Hallawell, Ash Soan and the houseband for a forty-five minute closing set at The mOare Music Festival in Kent on Sunday Sept 12. The annual festival is organised by Hamish Stuart, formerly of The Average White Band, and is held in an amphitheatre behind Hamish's pub The Three Mariners. 500 lucky punters caught this exclusive event and were treated to versions of Fisherman's Blues, She Tried To Hold Me, The Whole Of The Moon and Be My Enemy as well as a rare cover of Dylan's You're A Big Girl Now. The band was completed by Adam Philips on lead guitar, Melvin Duffy on pedal steel, Mike Gorman on piano and Nick on bass. Hamish Stuart joined on guitar for an encore of Jumping Jack Flash.
ELECTRIC PICNIC LITERARY TENT
Before The Waterboys' Electric Picnic set Mike gave a short reading in the literary tent from his recently completed book. The book, as-yet untitled, will be published sometime in 2011, and is an account of Mike's life in music. The extracts he read included passages about his teenage bands and musical adventures in the west of Ireland.
FISHERMAN'S BLUES LIVE ON AIR
Mike, Steve, James and Binzer dropped by RTE Roadcaster truck at The Electric picnic and played Fisherman's Blues on air.
The band played a full-blast rock'n'roll set on the mainstage at this year's Electric picnic in Ireland. This was the debut for new member, keyboard villain James Hallawell, who sported a trilby hat and a country'n'western shirt. He also played some great paint-stripping Hammond Organ. The set featured Savage Earth Heart, Be My Enemy, Glastonbury Song and Steve Wickham's psych-fuzz version of the Irish National Anthem. The whole shebang was recorded by RTE for a radio broadcast later this month. As soon as we have date/time details we'll let you know.
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BRONNOYSUND / EVORA
The Waterboys played their first two summer festivals in Bronnoysund, north-east Norway and Evora, Portugal. The Bronnoysund show was in an old fish-curing building by a fjord, late at night with the midnight sun still shining. The line-up included new drummer Binzer, bassist Archie Arciero and pianoman Simon Wallace. The band played a 75 minute set including In The Beginning Was Love, the Stones' Dead Flowers and a revamp of a never-before-played oldie Ain't Leavin', I'm Gone. Other songs included Savage Earth Heart, Be My Enemy, Killing My Heart and Don't Bang The Drum. It was a loud, full-on rock'n'roll set, totally different from the Mr Yeats concerts in March. Evora featured the same set and was in a huge concrete space, very late at night, and the set featured an impromptu encore of Roll Over Beethoven, led by Simon Wallace's boogie woogie piano.
MIKE'S NIGHT AT YEATS SUMMER SCHOOL
Mike gave a talk last night as part of this year's WB Yeats Summer School in Sligo. The venue was a packed Hawk's Well Theatre and the subject was Yeats To Music / Poetry To Song. Mike spoke about the history of musicians setting poets to song and his own work with the poetry of Yeats. There were several songs, an exclusive video of The Stolen Child using the paintings of George "AE" Russell, and a reading from Mike's recently completed memoir. Steve Wickham joined mike at the end of the show for a performance of Mad As The Mist And Snow.
MIKE'S RADIO SHOWS
Mike's radio shows were broadcast over the past three Sundays on Irish national radio station 2FM. Mike played a selection of his own favourite music including British Sea Power, The Sex Pistols, Laura Marling, Peter Sellers, Serge Gainsbourg, Scott Walker, Noah And The Whale and many others. Show three featured a humorous treatise on the use of the Scottish accent in song, and there were exclusive broadcasts of a preview from An Appointment With Mr Yeats and Mike's collaboration with Dublin band The Jimmy Cake, the ten-minute psychedelic spoken word epic First She Created Ireland.
AN APPOINTMENT WITH MR YEATS AT THE ABBEY
The first-ever performances of the new Waterboys show An Appointment With Mr Yeats, at Dublin's Abbey Theatre last week, were a fantastic success. The ten-piece band received standing ovations each of the five nights and rave reviews have appeared over the past ten days. Here are those published in The Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, the website of Ireland's national broadcaster RTE and top online magazine state.ie. Meanwhile fan reviews continue to be posted on the Abbey Theatre website and you can read them here.
In case you missed it, here's UK newspaper The Guardian's March 11 interview with Mike Scott about setting Yeats to music. And here's an account of the show written by actor and playwright Michael Harding from yesterday's Irish Times. The show was also mentioned in a St Patrick's Day editorial in the same newspaper and three days later in its Weekend Review. Here's a blog review by Dublin student Alison Ni Dhorchaidhe.
The band line-up, apart from Mike and Steve, was Marc Arciero (bass), Ashley Soan (drums), Sarah Allen (flute), Joe Chester (guitar), Blaise Margail (trombone), Ruby Ashley (oboe), Simon Wallace (keyboards) and Mike's favourite irish indie singer Katie Kim on backing vocals.