As famously there have been more members in The Waterboys than in The Fall (perhaps over 80 musicians at this stage), I have only listed a small gathering of former Waterboys (and Girls) who have been part of the recording sessions and touring band over the years.
And my full respect goes to all of those members not listed here, as they have all made wonderful individual contributions to the recording sessions and to the incendiary live shows and played a vital role in the Waterboys sound. So I thank you all!
Anthony Thistlethwaite is one of the original members of the band. He has co-written several Waterboys songs with Mike and was a mainstay of the band on the road. And of course, he played on all of the albums up until the band parted ways in 1991. He has also featured on the 'A Rock In A Weary Land' album.
For many years after the Waterboys, 'Anto' was a member of The Saw Doctors, recording and touring consistantly, and when they split he hooked up with Leo Moran, and the dynamic duo continue to tour to this day, most recently in Russia, and they regularly play dates around Europe and the USA.
Anthony has also released several solo albums and has recorded with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor, Donovan, Johnny Thunders, Snowy White, Ralph McTell and Kirsty Mac Coll, and a great many more besides.
In 2012 he rejoined Mike and Steve for two very special shows in Spiddal. And 2013 saw Anthony take to the stage with The Waterboys once again for the hugely successful 'Fisherman's Revisited Tour'.
Trevor was a Waterboy for five years after he joined in 1986. And over those years, he was the tall man with the pounding bass line that would have us all jigging at the gigs and when listening to the albums. Post-Waterboys he went on to record several albums and tour with Sharon Shannon.
He also featured on many other artists' albums , such as Eric Bibb and Maire Breatnach amongst others. And he also recently toured with Chicago fiddle player Lizz Carroll.
Trevor is also a full-time member of Lunasa and like Anthony, he rejoined The Waterboys in 2013 to tour their legendary Fisherman's Blues album and the newly issued box set.
'The (FBR 2013) Tour with the old band was one of the greatest musical experiences I've ever had. So, I love going back to that music. Perhaps on the album after the next one I'll bring back Anto and Trevor and we'll make another album like that.' - Mike Scott - 2015
Karl was a Waterboy for three years,from 1983 to 1985 where he made significant contributions to the first three studio albums and he actually wrote the original music for 'Don't Bang The Drum'.
After his departure from the Waterboys he had huge success with his band 'World Party' who went on to release five acclaimed albums. And his song 'She's the one became a huge hit for Robbie Williams.
He has also recorded with Sinead O Connor and written several film scores.
In 2001 Karl was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, following surgery and a lengthy five year convalescence, he is now back recording and touring.
Roddy was a member of The Waterboys for seven years from 1983 to 1990, where he was a major presence on stage with Anthony and his very distinctive trumpet can be heard to great effect on the hugely popular 'The Whole Of The Moon'.
He also rejoined Mike & Co. in the studio in 2006/07 and played on the 'Book Of Lightning' album adding his distinctive sound.
Roddy has also played and toured with a huge and very impressive list of musicians over the years including The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Dave Gilmour, Dr John, Blur, Suede, Beyonce, Jamiriquai and many more.
Vinnie Kilduff is a multi-instrumentalist who has worked with U2 in their early years, and formed his previous band (along with Steve) 'In Tua Nua' in 1982 who garnered a huge following in Ireland which led to them opening for Bob Dylan at Slane Castle in 1984. Vinnie then left in 1986.
Mike invited Vinnie to join in the recording sessions for Fisherman's Blues in 1988. And Vinnie remained a Waterboy, in the studio and being part of the live shows until 1990.
He then went on to release a hugely succesful solo album (The Boys From The Blue Hill) and then became a full time member of 'Clannad' recording several albums and touring up until 2005. Vinnie has also played with Sinead O Connor and has contributed music to many film scores.
Steve 'The Wick' Wickham first came to my attention with the band 'In Tua Nua' who I saw live a few times and for playing on the U2 'War' album. I recall Steve joining U2 on stage for 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' at their Dublin show back 1983. Steve also joined Bob Dylan on stage for the encores (along with Leslie Dowdall, Van Morrison and Bono), at Slane Castle in 1984.
Steve became a Waterboy sometime in 1985, and The Waterboys played with Simple Minds, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions and The Alarm in Croke Park in June of 1986.
After leaving The Waterboys Steve played with a band called 'The Texas Kellys' who were a regular on the live circuit here in Ireland. He also played on albums by Sinead O Connor, Elvis Costello and Karl's World Party amongst others.
Steve rejoined the Waterboys on stage at that (now legendary) first relaunched Waterboys gig (of two) in the Olympia Theatre Dublin in December 2000. And he continues to be a major presence on stage and in studio with The Waterboys to this day.
He has also released two excellent solo albums called 'Geronimo' in 2004 and 'Beekeeper' in 2017. Quite recently wrote the score for the no dialogue play 'Pidgeon'. His compositions have appeared in the films 'Waking Ned' and Goodwill Hunting' among others. Steve is also a member of the excellent 'No Crows' sextet, who have released five fabulous albums to date and whose live shows are an absolute joy to behold.
Sharon became a member of the band in the late 1980s and subsequently left for a massively successful solo career when The Waterboys parted ways in 1991. Her debut self-titled solo album was a roaring success and she has released about twelve studio and live albums to date.
Sharon has also collaborated with a host of well known musicians such as Donal Lunny, Steve Earle, John Prine, Moya Brennan, Kirsty MacColl, Christy Moore, Sinead O'Connor, Liam O'Maonlai, Frankie Gavin, Jackson Browne, Nigel Kennedy and many more besides.
She regularly plays to packed houses here in Ireland and around the world and has a huge following. She also very passionate about animals and their wellbeing and regularly plays benefit shows for Animal Welfare groups and organisations.
Charlie Lennon is an incredible musician who is at the pinnacle of Irish traditional music. He has recorded a huge number of albums and collaborated with an enormous number of Irish musicians too.
His distintive fiddle playing can be heard on Fisherman's Blues, notably 'When Ye Go Away' and he was a part of the touring band in 1988 and 1989. In 2012 he famously joined The Waterboys on stage for those two special shows in Spiddal.
Charlie continues to record in his studio in Spiddal and plays gigs regularly in the area.
Tomas Mac Eoin is a fine sean-nos singer and he was voted the best sean-nos singer in Ireland in 1967. He has also a very well renowned songwriter and poet.
Tomas famously features on 'The Stolen Child' on Fishermans Blues (laying down a powerful vocal that will never be surpassed in my opinion), and like Charlie Lennon, he was a member of the touring band in 1988 and 1989 and sang at the Top Hat 1988 shows and at the Olympia Theatre shows in 1989.
Although he did not join The Waterboys on stage, Tomas was among the spectators at the Spiddal shows in 2012.
Geoff is a very well known drummer and was