This page is dedicated to bringing you any news items related to The Waterboys.
Any new tour dates, or announcements will appear here first, before being added to the relevant page or pages.
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!
Check out the new Page 'Dag's Dungeon' and view a plethora of rarities Here!
Check out the new Flattop Hoard Page to see some extreme rarities, shared here for the first time anywhere. Here!
To read about current and previous Fan Site exclusive Competition Giveaways please Click Here!
The long-awaited return of the band to North America has been announced.
Full details and ticket information are now on the Tour page.
The new album 'Where The Action Is' will be released on May 24th!
The album will be a single CD and will also be released in two different vinyl LP editions, with a Black and Marble vinyl wax version available, in a gatefold sleeve.
There will also be a Limited Edition Double CD version available only with the initial release. The album also be available as a digital download.
You can order various formats and special bundles of the new album here...*The Waterboys - 'Where The Action Is' - Click Here To Order*
A special one-off show for Gavin 'Fingers' Ralston has been announced for the 1st of April 2019 in Vicar St, Dublin.
The Gig For Gav show will feature The Waterboys and a host of special guests including Sharon Shannon, Picture House, Mary Black, Mundy, the Begleys with many more to be announced.
This is bound to be a very unique and memorable show so don't you dare miss it!
This gig is now completely SOLD OUT!
The Band have announced a trio of new dates for Scotland with concerts in Portree on the Isle of Skye, Aberdeen and a return to the Barrowland, Glasgow.
See the Tour Page for Ticket links... Here!
The Band have announced a new show in Wales at the Hay-on-Wye Festival on 23rd May.
See the Tour Page for Ticket links... Here!
Thank you to everyone for visiting this Fan Site.
"Thank you to everyone who came out to see The Waterboys in 2018."
Thank you Zeenie Summers.
The Band have announced several UK dates for May and a Spanish date in late June.
See the Tour Page for Ticket links... Here!
The Waterboys will headline the Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival on Thursday the 8th of August 2019.
Three Day Tickets are available... Here!
THE WATERBOYS were played extensively throughout the week of the 20th -24th August on the 'Morning Live Drive' show on Dublin City FM after winning the listeners vote.The 'Morning Live Drive' Programme has a massive listenership in the Dublin area.
Thank you Pam Duggan and Paul Murnock.
The Waterboys Playlist 20th -24th August 2018:
The Waterboys will revive an old band tradition this December when they embark on a Christmas Tour of Ireland.
This ran in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and many fans remember the wild celebratory shows of that time.The first date confirmed is the Cork Opera House on 10th December with more dates due to be announced soon.
Full details and ticket links can be found on the Tour Page..Here!
A number of Spanish summer shows have been announced and tickets are on sale. Check out the Tour Page for more information.. Here!
Mike writes: 'All shows on THE WATERBOYS spring tour will be in two halves with intermission. No opening act. Band onstage at 8pm sharp.'
So be sure to get to each venue early folks!
Many Summer Tour dates have been added. Check out the Tour Page for more information.. Here!
For full booking details see the Tour Page.
A phenomenal performance in front of a very small audience on the 'Arena' radio show with Sean Rocks in the RTE Radio 1 studios (Irish National Broadcaster) in Donnybrook, County Dublin on October 27th with a seven song set, including a specially 'Funked Up' version of 'How Long Will I Love You'.
Full details on the Set Lists Page.
For anyone traveling to the Dublin October 26th show:
There will be a Live Interview and Full Band Performance on the 'Arena' radio show with Sean Rocks in the RTE Radio 1 studios (Irish National Broadcaster) in Donnybrook, County Dublin on...
Friday October 27th at 7 pm. (audience to be seated by 6.30 pm.)
This one-off event will take place in front of an invited audience.
To request tickets for this very Special Event please email the address below with your name and contact details...
In a first time Competition EXCLUSIVE for the excellent 'Mike Scott and The Waterboys' Facebook Group, Mike and Steve very kindly signed and uniquely decorated 10 copies of the 'Out Of All This Blue' Album to be given away by this Fan Site via the Facebook Group Page by answering a very simple request.
The request was this: "TO WIN ONE OF THESE TREASURES JUST BE ONE OF THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO COPY & PASTE A LINK TO ANY OF THE PAGES ON THE 'waterboys.co.nf' FAN SITE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW."
* HUGE THANKS to Paige O'Neill for listening to this idea with a warm heart and to Mike and Steve who were beyond happy and very keen to make this happen. *
ALL Ten of these unique treasures were safely dispatched to the 10 lucky recipients on 2nd October.
Photos of each of the recipients and their prize have been added below...
Thank you to all who took part.
To view this Facebook Post please... Click Here
*Update* - Almost seven months ago the 10 specially signed albums were posted off to the 10 competition winners, some as far away as Canada and Australia. And all reached their new homes but one. Unfortunately this one got lost in transit to Italy so the mission now was to try and replace it.
The replacement album was signed by three Waterboys and it was only missing Mike's signature. This album for Donato is extremely well traveled, it has been to shows in England, Scotland and Belgium and to two Dublin shows.
So, enlisting the help of a great friend, the album was sent to Norway where the last signature of the man himself was obtained in Oslo.(Thank you Dag Reinert Johansen and Thank you Mike). And after receiving it by return post, it was sent on to Italy by registered mail.
Donato received his personalised signed album on 24th May 2018. (See photo below).
Thank you to all who entered or have read this piece.
Congratulations to the following Water People: Sven-Erik Andersen, Andy Pritchatt, Tony Thompson, David Lappin, Evelyn Keyser, Michael Macken, Ali Wilson, Donato Morganella, Kevin O'Reilly and Roz Monger.
Due to phenomenal demand and as a result of the October show in the London Palladium selling out, a second concert in the same venue has been confirmed for Friday 27th April 2018.
To book tickets for this new show please Click Here
Mike will doing a meet and greet and signing copies of the new album at the following loctations:
For more information for these events please click on the link
Thank you Mandy MacLeod.
A new revised and updated version of the Autobiography 'Adventures Of A Waterboy' will be released this Autumn by Jawbone Press.
The book includes many more stories from Mike which brings it up to 2002 and also features a plethora of new and rare photographs.
Mike writes: 'Think of them as extra scenes on a Director's cut DVD reissue.'
This 'Remastered' Edition hits the shelves on November 4th.
Steve will play a solo show with the mighty Beekeepers as part of the always excellent Temple Bar Tradfest 2018 in St Michan's Church, Church St. Dublin on Friday January 26th 2018.To book tickets for this unmissable event please click on the link below...
Before flying out to Spain to play a free show on the same day ('Like A Rolling Stone' was added to the set in Cambados that evening and played!), the band appeared on the Chris Evans breakfast show on BBC R2 where they played the following songs: 'The Whole of The Moon', followed by a live debut of 'If The Answer is Yeah', 'How Long Will I Love You' and then they closed the show with the first public performance in many a long year of the Bob Dylan classic 'Like a Rolling Stone!'
You can watch the performance of Like a Rolling Stone ...Here!.
The new album 'Out Of All This Blue' will be released on September 8th. It will be a double album on double CD and double vinyl and as a digital download.
There will also be a Limited Edition Triple CD version available only with the initial release. And there will also be a Deluxe triple vinyl available.
You can order various formats below...Order 'Out Of All This Blue' Here
The Band kicked off with their first show of 2017 in Oslo. It was a five piece line up with new face Aongus Ralston on Bass.
A strong set with the addition of two extra nuggets..'Stopping by Woods' (which features on Steve's solo album) and 'My Soul is in Memphis' (a new song that was debuted in Vicar St last November albeit with different lyrics.)
At the end when the band were taking their bows Mike insisted each band member show off their footwear while he gave a running commentary!
* Set may not be exact running order.
(Thanks to Pat McHugh, Ann Kristin Tharaldson and Dag Reinert Johansen)
June 3rd: A very special Irish show has just been confirmed for the Carrick Water Music Festival in Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim on Sunday July 16th 2017.
The venue is the picturesque Landmark Hotel overlooking the mighty Shannon.
Thank you John Trautt.
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."
Steve sits for portraits in Oil on Linen and Watercolour on Paper by the Artist Nick Miller.
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.
- The New Album:
- On his Songwriting:
- Asked about his Ambition:
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.
The Waterboys set to Headline the Folkfest on July 10th in Killarney!
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
This 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.
Thank You Mike and Steve! (and Everyone else.)
The Waterboys are set to make another return to Glastonbury in June. Alas, the Festival tickets are all sold out.
'Song For Cynthia' ( A brief song for the late Cynthia Lennon) and 'Song of Wandering Aengus' both debuts at the Sydney Opera House gig.(Thank You Tony Thompson)
'When Will We Be Married?' was a tour debut at the Modern Blues show in Auckland, New Zealand with just Mike and Steve performing the song on stage. (Don't Bang The Drum was also performed by the duo).(Thank you Dayle Abbott)
An excellent new Waterboys Twitter account featuring random Waterboys Lyrics has appeared. You really should check it out!
Waterboys Lyrics on Twitter: Here
'When Will We Be Married?' was a tour debut at the Modern Blues show in Auckland, New Zealand with just Mike and Steve performing the song on stage. (Don't Bang The Drum was also performed).(Thanks Dayle Abbott)
(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