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The Waterboys will visit the Sunset Center with current album An Appointment With Mr. Yeats in hand on their 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."
Along with selections from their grand 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 storied 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 Town Hall date, also in March.
While the notion of mounting classic poems in modern musical settings may strike some as 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 show 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, Chris Benelli, drums and Daniel Mintseris on keyboards.