MUSIC NEWS- The Waterboys have announced plans to visit North America twice this year, once in the summer and again in the fall; to promote their current album An Appointment With Mr. Yeats. The band will tour five Canadian cities (Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, St. John’s and Halifax) July 12 thru 21 with a stop at Brooklyn, NY’s Celebrate Brooklyn festival. They will then return September 19 through October 29th to play more than 20 cities throughout the USA It is the band’s first North American tour in six years.
According to Mike Scott, “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.
Along with tunes from their catalog, including Fisherman’s Blues, the show will feature material from the band’s 2013 opus, An Appointment With Mr. Yeats; one of the boldest, most ambitious projects of Waterboys auteur Mike Scott’s career. Scott collaborated, figuratively speaking, with the legendary Irish poet W.B. Yeats on the 14 songs of An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, released this past March on Proper Records. American audiences received a taste of the new music during South by Southwest (SXSW) and a New York City Town Hall date, also in March.
“I love the way Yeats’ poems lend themselves to music,” says Scott. “But I also like Yeats as a guy — a dandified, opinionated, larger-than-life character. I feel a kinship to him. My purpose isn’t to treat Yeats as a museum piece, but to connect with the soul of the poems — as they appear to me — then go wherever the music in my head suggests, and that means some surprising places.”
While the idea of mounting classic poems in modern musical settings may be seen as some to be challengingly esoteric, that is not the case at all with An Appointment With Mr. Yeats. On the contrary, the new album connects with the power and immediacy of Waterboys classics like This Is the Sea (1985) and Fisherman’s Blues (1988), unfolding with the widescreen vividness that has characterized Scott’s single-minded body of work during the course of the last three decades.
The July dates will feature Mike Scott, vocals, guitar and keyboard, along with longtime Waterboy
and legendary Irish fiddler Steve Wickham; Jay Barclay, guitar and keyboards; Malcolm Gold, bass and Chris Benelli, drums. Daniel Mintseris on keyboards will join the lineup for the fall dates.
Additional dates to be announced later this summer.
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