Second coming of The Waterboys to Limerick’s Big Top

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

The Waterboys performing in the Big Top at the Milk Market last year, marking 20 years of music for bookers Dolan's. The band return this Friday for another show in the venue, doors for which open at 7pm. Tickets at �40 are available from Dolans. Picture: Dave Gaynor
MIKE Scott and the Waterboys return for a second concert in Limerick’s Big Top in a year this week.

MIKE Scott and the Waterboys return for a second concert in Limerick’s Big Top in a year this week.

The band, who played a superb gig to mark Big Top bookers Dolan’s 20 years in business last October, return to the city in the wake of the release earlier this year of their 11th album, the Nashville recorded Modern Blues.

The band, boasting the seminal line-up of Mike Scott and Steve Wickham, play the Milk Market venue this Friday night.

“People should expect the unexpected from The Waterboys,” Mike Scott said of Modern Blues, an indication of the band’s compelling musical shape-shifting over a storied career.

Formed 30 years ago, the band became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic rock albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is the Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole of the Moon.

Recruiting Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham was the spur in creating the million-plus selling seminal album Fisherman’s Blues.

Since then The Waterboys have continued to make genre-busting records and have matured into a very fine live act.

Their 2011 album, An Appointment with Mr Yeats, a collection of lyrics by Ireland’s greatest poet turned into contemporary rock songs, was rapturously received by critics and fans alike.

Looking ahead, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and Walking on Cars play the Big Top in November and December respectively. See www.dolans.ie for more.