No other band musically relates to or evokes an Irish summer like The Waterboys, writes Lucy Earley. They seem to inspire everyone at late parties; out in back garden, with garden lanterns, white wine and a rendition of ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ on guitar.
My best friend and I saw them play recently at Westport Festival of Music & Food in County Mayo. It was a fabulous festival, set in an idyllic part of West of Ireland: Westport House and gardens. The Waterboys lived up to every expectation I had of them in a live format. The atmosphere was electrically tinged with excitement; nothing gels better than a good shindig in West of Ireland and The Waterboys.
They’ve been around since 1983, disbanding in 1993, when lead singer Mike Scott went off to do some solo work. They reformed in 2000. With members coming and going, they’ve never really followed any musical genre, apart from their own. As my best friend, who’s also a huge fan, commented, “They’re perfect mix of Irish and Scottish music, with that brilliant rocky vibe.”
They also fuse poetry with music in a unique way. William Butler Yeat’s ‘The Stolen Child’, being my personal favourite.
We’re experiencing a particularly warm and sunny Irish summer this year, and while I keep likes of Clannad for winter months, to cheer me up, The Waterboys, Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane are my summer staples.
Check out these tracks from a truly original band:
‘The Stolen Child’:
‘Don’t Bang Drum’