There are probably other bands as equally well-named as The Waterboys to appear at Humphrey’s By The Bay, but band leader Mike Scott will undoubtedly deliver a rousing performance regardless of the venue. Indeed over the years I have seen him in solo acoustic settings and full blown band shows, and the crowd always leaves fully satiated.
The Waterboys are touring on the heels of the brilliant new album Modern Blues. Sterling reviews from all quarters have the band buoyant. Many folks are comparing it favorably to the band’s breakout 1988 Fisherman’s Blues, high praise indeed. Scott’s focus over the years has covered his Scottish roots with large doses of Irish and English literary influences. At one point Scott staged a production based on the poetry of W.B. Yeats. Whether framed in folk or rockier compositions, Scott’s songs explore spirituality and earthy themes in much the same way as fellow travellers U2 and Van Morrison.
A younger audience familiar with the likes of Mumford and Sons are turning their sights on masters such as The Waterboys, which will make for an eclectic and energetic crowd at Humphrey’s.