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An Appointment with Mr Yeats
19 September 2011
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“a fabulous feast of words and music”
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The WaterboysThe Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band’s membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England. Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York, and Findhorn have all served as homes for the group. The band has played in a number of different styles, but their music is a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. After ten years of recording and touring, they dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasizes a continuity between The Waterboys and his solo work, saying that “To me there’s no difference between Mike Scott and the Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions.”

An Appointment With Mr. Yeats
Having harboured the idea for twenty years, Mike Scott set twenty W.B. Yeats poems to music in an enterprise that evolved into a show entitled ‘An Appointment With Mr. Yeats.’ The Waterboys held the world premiere from 15 to 20 March 2010 in Yeats’s own theatre, The Abbey Theatre, Dublin. The five-night show quickly sold out, later receiving several rave reviews, among which were The Irish Times and Irish Actor/Playwright, Michael Harding. The performances boasted an eclectic mix of musicians that involved Irish rock singer Katie Kim, Irish singer/writer/guitarist Joe Chester and Simon Wallace (keyboards). Some of the poems performed include ‘The Hosting of the Sidhe,’ ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree,’ ‘News for the Delphic Oracle,’ and ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus,’ along with an amalgamation of two Yeats lyrics that became the song ‘Let the Earth Bear Witness’ which Scott had produced during ‘The Sea of Green’ 2009 Iranian election protests. The musical arrangements for the poems were varied and experimental. On the band’s website Scott described the arrangements as “psychedelic, intense, kaleidoscopic, a mix of rock, folk and faery music,” the delivery of which signals yet another musical shift in the ever mutable world of The Waterboys.

‘An Appointment With Mr. Yeats’ returned to Dublin on 7 November 2010 in the city’s Grand Canal Theatre. The show was performed at the Barbican Hall, London in February 2011. The album version of ‘An Appointment With Mr Yeats’ was released to critical acclaim on the 19th September 2011.

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Saturday, 13th June 2015 Dorset Behind the Castle Music Festival United Kingdom
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Saturday, 8th August 2015 Haarlem Openluchttheater Netherlands
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Saturday, 24th October 2015 Sligo Sligo Live Festival Ireland
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Tuesday, 27th October 2015 Belfast Ulster Hall United Kingdom
Thursday, 29th October 2015 Galway Seaport Ballroom Ireland
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Monday, 9th November 2015 Aberdeen Music Hall United Kingdom
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Tuesday, 10th November 2015 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom
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Wednesday, 11th November 2015 Glasgow Glasgow Barrowland United Kingdom
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Friday, 13th November 2015 York Barbican Centre United Kingdom
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Saturday, 14th November 2015 Portsmouth Portsmouth Guildhall United Kingdom
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Sunday, 15th November 2015 Plymouth Plymouth Pavillions United Kingdom
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Wednesday, 18th November 2015 Canterbury Marlowe Theatre United Kingdom
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Thursday, 19th November 2015 Manchester Bridgewater Hall United Kingdom
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Saturday, 21st November 2015 Gateshead The Sage Gateshead United Kingdom
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Sunday, 22nd November 2015 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre United Kingdom
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Monday, 23rd November 2015 Sheffield City Hall United Kingdom
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Wednesday, 25th November 2015 Cardiff St David’s Hall United Kingdom
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Thursday, 26th November 2015 Cambridge Corn Exchange United Kingdom
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Friday, 27th November 2015 Leicester De Montfort Hall United Kingdom
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Sunday, 29th November 2015 Llandudno Venue Cymru United Kingdom
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Monday, 30th November 2015 Birmingham Birmingham Symphony Hall United Kingdom
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Tuesday, 1st December 2015 Guildford Glive United Kingdom
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Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Bristol Colston Hall United Kingdom
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Friday, 4th December 2015 Southend Cliffs Pavilion United Kingdom
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Saturday, 5th December 2015 Watford Watford Colosseum United Kingdom
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