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(1983 – 1993, 2000 – present)

The Waterboys is a British celtic band formed in 1983 by Scottish musician Mike Scott. Their songs, largely written by Scott, often contain literary references and are frequently concerned with spirituality. Both the group and its members’ solo careers have received much praise from both rock and folk music critics, but The Waterboys as a band has never received the commercial success that some of its members (such as Ian McNabb, leader of The Icicle Works; Trevor Hutchinson, a founding member of Lúnasa; etc) have had independently.

The band’s membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from the British Isles. London, Dublin, Spiddal, and Findhorn have all served as a home for the group. The band has played in a number of different styles, but most often their music can be described as a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll, or folk rock. After ten years of recording and touring, the band dissolved in 1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. The band reformed in 2000, and continues to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott himself 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.”

More than thirty musicians have performed live as a Waterboy.


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  • emergingsynergy

    "The Waterboys were easily the biggest thought provokers of the festival. Performing tracks from their latest release and songs from their classic 1985 album This is the Sea including the award-winning The Whole of the Moon, which Scott opened with “Lets nail this motherfucker to the wall”, the guys showed that nothing has changed. Scott’s vivacious vox and sheer fervour saw him kick the mid-air, whilst his engaging stage presence got the audience literally spinning around in circles at his request, making for an unforgettable set. Scott is more than just a story-teller, he is one of the most profound poets of this century, and the passion, mystery and love that drowned each of the tracks he performed at Bluesfest made that all the more clear." Full text here.

    13 Apr 10:05pm Reply
  • nunomgl

    "Modern Blues" it's a really cool album. Give it some listen.

    26 Mar 8:34pm Reply
  • radiohoofdnz

    Modern blues is a very good album. Still a freak...

    17 Feb 12:16am Reply
  • algoostu

    new album is not excepcional, but the blueish sound is really comfortable, the album could be smaller i guess, but it works well if youre not looking for inovation. my fav tracks are destines entwined, i can ser Elvis and beautiful now.

    28 Jan 3:05am Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    The Waterboys, in my humble opinion, are one of the most insightful and inspirational rock bands of All Time. i was blessed to see them perform in San Francisco way back in the day. As expected, it was a MAGNIFICENT performance. Oh Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sidney_adv

    Gosto muito!

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • ixab_

    Glastonbury Song <3

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • the_switch

    Fisherman's Box is glorious!

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • denialblabla

    where exactly do they recite Yeats' "The second comming"? I listened to the album and couldn't find it

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Draxton

    Amazing !!!

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I was under a lot of pressure with the breakup over a relationship." - Mike Scott reveals how a W.H. Auden poem helped him to move on from a relationship and write The Waterboys classic, "Fisherman's Blues":

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • perryagain


    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • perryagain first chance to see them live in a couple of weeks here in Melbourne; proud to say that This is the Sea and A Pagan Place are the only vinyl that I have actually audibly ruined through overplaying. I can't wait, but i'm kind of dreading it, their music has always moved me - I don't want it spoiled by the baggage of memorial of the memory

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • onlinebeatmaker


    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    CLASSIC!!! :-)

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nigeyb

    I saw The Waterboys play live last night in Brighton. I thought it was wonderful. Two sets - first about an hour, second about an and a quarter. Despite the length I was engaged throughout. I even had a tear in my eye during the more sentimental numbers. The Yeats stuff (second set) is amazing. Band looked to be loving it too. A really good night out - and a wonderful band.

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    I agree with Skog-1. Fisherman's Blues is an incredible recording. Strange Boat remains, for me, a searing indictment against slavery.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Where the arena meets the pub.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Skog-1

    Fisherman's Blues is definetely one of the best songs ever made!

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Smooooooth

    Glastonbury Song <3

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
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