Due out next March; selected US
shows also announced.
Waterboys auteur Mike Scott
has collaborated, figuratively speaking, with the legendary Irish poet W.B.
Yeats on the 14 songs of An
Appointment With Mr. Yeats, due out on Proper American on March 26. “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.”
will bring the Waterboys to New York’s
Town Hall in March for the American premiere of this provocative song cycle uniting
a pair of artists separated by a century.
people read about this project, it’s natural for them to have preconceptions,” Scott acknowledges. “They tend to think
that, because it’s based on poetry, it’s going to be difficult, stiff or wordy.
But when they hear the record or come and see the show, they realize it’s
really just more music from the Waterboys. I should stress these are songs –
rock ‘n’ roll, pop, psychedelic and roots songs – not recitations. They’ve got
to stand up as contemporary songs, not like poems squashed into musical forms.
In fact, the best thing is when people don’t realize they were written a
hundred years ago, but just hear them and think, ‘That’s a song,’ and don’t
Appointment With Mr. Yeats was produced by Scott and Marc Arciero and tracked live
off the floor by an expanded Waterboys lineup consisting of fiddle maestro
Steve Wickham, Katie Kim (vocals), James Hallawell (keyboards), Kate St John
(sax, oboe), Blaise Margail (trombone), Ralph Salmins (drums), Sarah Allen
(flute) and Joe Chester (guitar). Before they recorded the album, Scott and his
band premiered the songs at Dublin’s
hallowed Abbey Theatre during a five-night run in March 2010.
also recently authored the memoir, Adventures
of a Waterboy (available in the States on the Hal Leonard-distributed
Jawbone Press; it’s reviewed in the new print edition of BLURT). Scott will be
appearing in the Northeastern U.S. in November
for a one-hour reading selected from Adventures
of a Waterboy followed by a 40-minute acoustic set with
Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham. The musical selections will be from the
Waterboys’ long history and will also feature a preview of songs from An Appointment With Mr. Yeats.
DATES AT PRESS TIME:
Nov. 11 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Cafe Live,
Tues., Nov. 13 NEW YORK, NY
Hall SOLD OUT
Thurs., Nov. 14 NEW
YORK, NY Rockwood Music Hall
Nov. 18 ALLSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall
Mon., Nov. 19 BROOKLYN, NY Williamsburg Music Hall