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Please check out the Tour page for all the latest Live dates! Click Here!
To see some various pieces of official merchandise from previous Tours please Click Here!
Some details about the new album have just emerged, including some song titles.
There will be twenty three songs on the 2 CD release plus the option of a third 'Limited Edition' disc of alternate mixes, hip-hop instrumentals and mash-ups which is only available with the initial release.
Check out the piece in the new issue of Mojo...
Steve Wickham will release his long awaited follow up to 'Geronimo' titled 'Beekeeper' on May 12th. It will be released on vinyl and CD format as well as a digital download.
Steve writes:"In 2012 I was sitting (being painted) for my friend the painter Nick Miller and I started writing tunes as he was painting. The sittings went on over a couple of weeks by that time I'd recorded several hours of improvised music, thus began the seeds of this album."
In 2012, while Steve Wickham sat for a portrait by the Artist Nick Miller in his County Sligo studio, he began working on new musical compositions while Nick painted. The artist photographed both the musician and the painting to make a time-lapse 2 channel HD video. Steve edited out-takes recorded on an iPhone from the week's work to make a sound track for the 3 minute video. The week long session became part of the process of starting Steve Wickham's new album 'Beekeeper'.
To see the video please check out the Artist's dedicated page on his web site here :
There are a plethora of musical guests (and good friends of Steve) appearing on the album including Camille O'Sullivan, Katie Kim, Mike Scott, The Lost Brothers, Joe Chester, David Hood, Ger Wolfe, Bruno Caliciuri and Oleg Ponomarev.
The Track Listing is as follows:
Steve's new album is one that conjures up wonderful imagery throughout the twelve perfectly tailored songs. The opener 'And The Band Played On' is the only song on which Steve takes lead vocal and he delivers it in a softly spoken style with Katie Kim supplying a haunting backing vocal on the chorus and verses.
The next song is a short instrumental titled 'Two Thousand Years' which is brimming with eastern promise. Think of minarets, hot sun, the smell of spices, pyramids or a packed and boisterous open-air souk.
What follows couldn't be in a more contrasting style. 'Song of Lost Things' is a merry jaunt (in an ass and cart along a quiet coastal boreen) of a song with a lovely lilting vocal by Corkonian folk singer Ger Wolfe.
'The Hare' is another timeless instrumental, again an uplifting tune with fiddle and acoustic guitar to the fore. And it is reminiscent of Zoe Conway and John McIntyre or Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill in full flight. It is nigh on impossible to remain still while listening to this hardcore trad tune.
'Fractured' is a very powerful song that Steve wrote in response to proposed fracking in the West, and which he sang while guesting at a recent Lost Brothers show. Here, Oisin and Mark of the Lost Brothers take on lead vocal duties and Oisin's unusually forlorn execution on this particular song only adds emphasis to the biting lyrics. Mr Hood also appears on this song on bass.
'The Bohemian' and the closing track 'Cockcrow' are two short stirring instrumentals that sound like two movements of the same piece of music and are ideal closers to side one and two of the vinyl.
'Stopping by Woods' by Robert Frost is up next and it features an exquisite vocal by Mike Scott with a driving pulsating backing. Mike wraps his voice around and articulates each word as only he can do.
'Silence of a Sunday' is another song that Steve sang at one his solo shows recently and he sang it in a heartfelt Waitsian growl. Here Camille O'Sullivan interprets it in a beautifully wistful and tender style accompanied mid-song by some gorgeous clarinet. A real heartstopper and just stunning!
'Cells of the Heart which Nature Built for Joy' is a fiddle two-hander instrumental that features Oleg Ponomarev of No Crows, a classical sounding piece that could easily be 'song of the week' on Lyric FM (An Irish Classical music radio station). In a nutshell, think Bach!
'Love's Dark Sisters (Sombres Soeurs de l'amour)' is an up-tempo all French number with a great melody with French singer Cali singing lead. A song of regret for a lost love and of love's dark sisters; jealousy, anguish and rage.
'Song of the River' with Joe Chester, is a slow poignant love song with some lovely backing from the house band.
Beekeeper has such a live and really warm sound; it feels as if the artists are in the room with you. One can only imagine the sheer enjoyment the musicians had when they were in the studio. And make no mistake, although there are many heavyweights guesting here, it is clearly Mr Wickham's opus.
This is an album destined to become a long- term resident in the various listening devices of music lovers across this fair land and far beyond. It is an absolute Gem!
For more info and all things Steve Wickham, check out his new site:
* Steve will also be guesting at Joe Chester's own Album Launch gig in the Unitarian Church, Dublin on April 28th 2017. * Tickets can be purchased Here!
The Waterboys have announced a string of autumn European dates in support of the forthcoming new album including a show in the 3 Arena in Dublin. This will be an all seated show. (at least that is, until they arrive on stage!)
New dates of the new Album Tour beginning to seep out. Glasgow, Oslo and.. Dublin!!
See Tour page for details. Here.
See Tour page for details. Here.
Steve Wickham's musical career spans over three decades right back to his early 80's debut as fiddler with U2 playing on Sunday Bloody Sunday and touring with the Irish Rockers. Steve was a founder member of 80s Irish band InTuaNua, signed to the legendary Island records. As a session violinist Wickham has recorded with Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor and many others as well as guesting live with REM, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith etc. Steve Wickham is best known as the fiddler with The Waterboys and among Sligo residents as one of the group, No Crows. This November will see Steve's return to the Hawk's Well with previews from a forthcoming new solo album and will have some surprise and very special guests. The evening is a celebration of Steve Wickham's musical journey... This is bound to be a wonderful evening!
A very relaxed and happy Mike Scott with Gavin Martin.
Mike Scott gave a very warm, honest and open in Bangor as part of the 'Open House Festival' on August 24th. He talked about a whole range of subjects from the new Waterboys album that he is currently working on, his song writing process, his musical influences, and his family life, and the possibility of writing another book and a lot more besides.
Lasting over two hours in duration, Mike chatted openly with Gavin Martin and these chats were interspersed with edited video clips of various musical artists that Mike admires. So we got The Stones, Beatles, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, British Sea Power, Midlake and Amy Winehouse. He also had high praise for Van, Bowie, Leonard, Iggy Pop and Mathew E White.
So here are a few bullet points jotted down while on the bus journey back to Dublin.
Lastly, he took some questions from the audience. Mike seemed to be incredibly happy and content and as a good friend said 'It's great to see him blessed when he has given so much to others'. And this is a sentiment that we all feel. It was a very special evening indeed...Now...Roll on September 2017!
Mike Scott will give a public interview with Gavin Martin the the Space Theatre in Bangor, County Down as part of the 'Open House' festival. Titled 'Talking Musical Revolutions' this is bound to be a fascinating evening.
The Waterboys played their first official Polish date on June 6th in Warsaw. And what a legendary show it was! A very long set...A magical atmosphere...The wonderful (mainly) Polish crowd, and a whirling dervish of energy from the band on stage...and the sheer happiness and joy just emanated from all the band members...with an absolutely perfect set list that featured old and new songs, including a rarely played epic outing of The Pan Within...New song Nashville Tennessee was included..and we were also treated to another one-off song not on the set list called 'Warsaw Barrowlands'...all in all, a sublime gig from start to finish!.
The Waterboys trio of Mike, Steve and Brother Paul played a wonderful 50 minute radio session in PolskieRadio studios on June 5th in front of a specially invited audience. Songs included a rare outing of the classic song This is the Sea and an epic 14 minute The Pan Within..
To watch the video of the complete (incredible) performance Please Click Here.
Mike Scott made his first public appearance of 2016 at a 75th Birthday celebration for Bob Dylan in NYC on May 24th. He guested for two Dylan songs with the house band, including Rob Stoner, on vocals and guitar. The songs were Lonesome Day Blues and All Along The Watchtower. He then joined the ensemble for the encore, where he sang the second verse of Forever Young and played the piano throughout.
(Thank you Andy Goldstein)
The Waterboys are set to headline the 'Tunes in the Dunes' Festival on the Saturday evening at Perranporth Beach in Cornwall on May 28th!
Tickets are on sale on Now!
The Waterboys are set to headline a 'Summer Nights' concert in Glasgow at the Kelvingrove Bandstand on August 8th!
Tickets on sale on Friday April 29th!
The Waterboys are set to play in Poland for the very first time, at Progresja Music Zone in Warsaw, Poland on June 6th!
This is sure to be a cracker of a show!
Tickets are on sale now!
The Waterboys are set to play the Retropop Festival in Emmen, The Netherlands on June 4th and at the Notodden Blues Festival in Notodden, Norway on August 4th.
Tickets are on sale now!
The Waterboys are scheduled to play the Wychwood Festival on June 3rd in Cheltenham, England. Tickets are on sale now!Click Here For Ticket Info!
The Waterboys set to play Troll Rock Festival on July 28th in Norway and Bospop Festival in The Netherlands on July 09th.Click Here For Ticket Info!
The Waterboys set to Headline the Folkfest on July 10th in Killarney!Click Here For Ticket Info!
A Letter To Mr Scott is a Waterboys related book that is not a biography in itself. It is a deeply personal view of what The Waterboys songs mean to the author and that is what makes it a truly original opus. The author has managed to put his heart and soul into it as it has been written to express his intense love of the Waterboys music. The book takes the form of an open letter to Mike Scott, though it deals solely with the music' and it begins with a whole list of songs that have had a profound meaning to the author, and long-time Waterboys fan, Mr Rademaker.
In order to prepare himself to write what turns out to be a captivating and quite magical book, the author secreted himself away in Newgrange, County Meath, and over a number of days in seclusion, he listened to every single Waterboys song and jotted down notes and drawings. The opening section of the book makes for enchanting reading as with each song we are taken on a journey through the author's life, his memories and the imagery and emotions that each song evokes for him.
Interspersed throughout the book is a fable written by the author with beautiful artwork especially created for the book by the artist Veronique Castellanos. There are also a number of other breath-taking artworks by the artist Sven Roumen that are printed on colour plates within.
The middle section of this meticulously crafted book is made up of pieces of prose written by a number of Waterfolk who were asked by the author to answer in writing the simple question 'What Does Music Mean To You?' (And this web author also made a small contribution and was very honoured to do so). These pieces of writing are of varying length and are also wonderfully unique in their style and give great insight into each contributor's individual perspective on what having music in their day-to-day lives means to them.
It is a testament to the author's generosity that he wished to include input from other fans in what can only be described as a labour of love.
There then follows an extensive photo section containing colour and mono images of song lyrics with the author's handwritten notes and drawings alongside. There are also several photos of the Waterboys on stage and many other photos of various scenes that are described in the first part of the book, as well as family shots and more that relate to specific Waterboys songs in the author's perception.
Lastly, there is a full discography and complete song listing, up to and including the latest Waterboys LP Modern Blues. Also included is a full band members list to date in alphabetical order, which incredibly (if I have counted correctly) adds up to 79 past and present members!
In closing, this is an exquisitely produced opus that is a spellbinding read and a thing of profound beauty.
The book will be available to buy, with all profits going to the Strange Boat Foundation at the end of January 2016 from the
**There will also be a very special Limited Edition of the A Letter To Mr Scott book containing an expanded Three Volume version all housed in a beautifully designed wooden presentation box.**
Thank You Noemi Martinez Turrillas
I am delighted to say that the Fan Site has been added to The Waterboys Links Page on the Official Web Site!
So a heartfelt THANK YOU! to all of you who have contributed or visited the site to date as the creation of the Fan Site would not have been possible without your input and support.
I am extremely grateful to you all and I am greatly looking forward to meeting a great many of you Water Folk in November at the Vicar St shows!
(Thanks Tony Thompson!)
To coincide with Record Store Day, The Waterboys will release a strictly limited edition four-track EP called 'Puck's Blues' on 10 inch vinyl on April 18.
The EP will also include a sleevenote by Mike.
The four tracks are Mike's home demo versions of songs from the new Modern Blues album. So check with your local music shop for availability.
An new Scottish summer concert date has been added as part of The Waterboys 2015 European tour.
Friday 28 August Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh
Ticket Info on Tour page. Here
Three shows in Norway have been added as part of The Waterboys 2015 European tour.
More European dates will be announced as they are confirmed.
The Norwegian dates are:
Thurs 15 October Grieghallen, BERGEN
Ticket Info on Tour page. Here
Fri 16 October Konserthus - Kuppelhallen, STAVANGER
Ticket Info on Tour page. Here
Sat 17 October Sentrum Scene, OSLO
Ticket Info on Tour page. Here