Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Waterboys *do* Yeats

This, on first reading, seems a weird concept:
Scott (Mike Scott, The Waterboys' Frontman) has never shown much interest in following a straight line, which is why he remains one of our most interesting if erratic rock stars. His latest project may be his most ambitious. In An Appointment with Mr Yeats, the Waterboys recontextualise the words of Ireland’s most venerated poet by setting them to rock music. Having premiered at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin earlier this year to rapturous reviews, it promises to be one of the highlights of the 2011 Celtic Connections programme.
My imagination isn't wide enough to be able to grasp how it could work well but if even The Irish Times culture critic is raving about it then it must be worth a night out if you're in the Glasgow area next January 30th.

The full programme for the Celtic Connections was launched yesterday and can be read here.

So...good enough excuse to play the best of all The Waterboys' tunes.

The idea of Mike Scott out in a Force 1o gale in a Sou

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