The Waterboys Biography (Wikipedia)
The Waterboys are a Scottish folk rock band formed in Edinburgh in 1983 by the Scottish musician Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, with Edinburgh, London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York and Findhorn serving as homes for the group. Mike Scott is the only constant band member.They have explored a number of different styles, but their music is mainly a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll. They dissolved in 1993 when Scott departed to pursue a solo career. They reformed in 2000, and continue to release albums and tour worldwide. Scott emphasises 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."
The early Waterboys sound was dubbed "The Big Music" after a song on their second album, A Pagan Place. This style was described by Scott as "a metaphor for seeing God's signature in the world." Waterboys chronicler Ian Abrahams elaborated on this by defining "The Big Music" as, "...a mystical celebration of paganism. It's extolling the basic and primitive divinity that exists in everything ('the oceans and the sand'), religious and spiritual all encompassing. Here is something that can't be owned or built upon, something that has its existence in the concept of Mother Earth and has an ancestral approach to religion. And it takes in and embraces the feminine side of divinity, pluralistic in its acceptance of the wider pantheon of paganism."
- The Waterboys cover 'Purple Rain'https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02hz2b6.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02hz2b6.jpg2015-01-30T12:42:00.000ZThe Waterboys play Prince's classic track, and blow the studio away!http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02hz2kg
The Waterboys cover 'Purple Rain'
- Video: Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - Fisherman's Blueshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019zzsj.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019zzsj.jpg2013-06-05T10:15:00.000ZMike Scott and Steve Wickham perform the title track of The Waterboys' fourth album, Fisherman's Blues, for Mastertapes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019zzty
Video: Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - Fisherman's Blues
- Video: The Waterboys' Whole of the Moon "in a jig tempo"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pvll.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pvll.jpg2013-06-03T15:07:00.000ZWaterboys Mike Scott and Steve Wickham perform The Whole of the Moon in Fisherman's Blues style.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019xhbw
Video: The Waterboys' Whole of the Moon "in a jig tempo"
- Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - Mad as the Mist and Snowhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pw9b.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pw9b.jpg2013-05-30T18:13:00.000ZMike Scott and Steve Wickham of The Waterboys perform Mad as the Mist and Snow.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019rsmx
Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - Mad as the Mist and Snow
- Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - Saints and Angelshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019rpqp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019rpqp.jpg2013-05-30T17:12:00.000ZMike Scott and Steve Wickham of The Waterboys perform Saints and Angels for Mastertapes.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019rpr2
Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - Saints and Angels
- Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - I Miss The Roadhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pwpr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pwpr.jpg2013-05-30T16:40:00.000ZMike Scott and Steve Wickham of The Waterboys perform their song about touring for the first time since it was recorded.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019rnkm
Mike Scott and Steve Wickham - I Miss The Road
- Fan unaware she featured in romantic Waterboys songhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pwr0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p019pwr0.jpg2013-05-30T16:25:00.000ZMike Scott says Lindsay, who features in The Waterboys' song And a Bang on the Ear, didn't know the first verse was about her.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p019rn0h
Fan unaware she featured in romantic Waterboys song
The Waterboys Tracks