The Waterboys Play Boulder Theatre Today


Z2 Entertainment will present The Waterboys at the Boulder Theater tonight Monday, October 14th, 2013.

In what stands as one of the boldest, most ambitious projects of his storied career, Waterboys auteur Mike Scott has collaborated, figuratively speaking, with the legendary Irish poet W.B. Yeats on the 14 songs of An Appointment With Mr. Yeats, due out on Proper American on March 26, 2013.

"I love the way Yeats' poems lend themselves to music," says Scott. "But I also like Yeats as a guy - a dandified, opinionated, larger-than-life character. I feel a kinship to him. My purpose isn't to treat Yeats as a museum piece, but to connect with the soul of the poems - as they appear to me - then go wherever the music in my head suggests, and that means some surprising places." Scott will bring the Waterboys to New York's Town Hall in March for the American premiere of this provocative song cycle uniting a pair of artists separated by a century.

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. This captivating oeuvre has come to be known as "The Big Music" after the early Waterboys song of the same name. At the same time, this wildly imaginative work heralds yet another musical metamorphosis in the ever-mutable world of the Waterboys.

"When people read about this project, it's natural for them to have preconceptions," Scott acknowledges. "They tend to think that, because it's based on poetry, it's going to be difficult, stiff or wordy. But when they hear the record or come and see the show, they realize it's really just more music from the Waterboys. I should stress these are songs - rock 'n' roll, pop, psychedelic and roots songs - not recitations. They've got to stand up as contemporary songs, not like poems squashed into musical forms. In fact, the best thing is when people don't realize they were written a hundred years ago, but just hear them and think, 'That's a song,' and don't question it."