Waterboys set to headline Moseley Folk Festival

Mike Scott from the Waterboys

Mike Scott from the Waterboys

By April Stoneman

The Waterboys have been confirmed as the headline act at this year’s Moseley Folk Festival.

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

After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, the band created their million-selling Fisherman’s Blues album, on which Scott’s original and unusual songwriting was merged with older musics – country, trad, blues and gospel – to electrifying effect.

Since then The Waterboys have continued to make genre-busting records and have matured into one of the world’s finest live acts.

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 audiences alike.

In 2012 Scott’s memoir Adventures Of A Waterboy was published to similar acclaim.

In 2013, to celebrate both the 25th anniversary of their classic album Fisherman’s Blues, and the October 2013 release of EMI’s 7 CD set Fisherman’s Box, The Waterboys announced a 13-date tour of Britain and Ireland which sold out immediately.

The line-up saw Scott reuniting with Steve Wickham, along with Fisherman’s Blues band members Anto Thistlethwaite and Trevor Hutchinson for the first time since 1990 to rave reviews.

A festival spokesman said: “We are over the moon – ‘the whole of the moon’ – to announce that The Waterboys will be headlining Moseley Folk Festival on August 31 2014.

“This is a band that we have been wanting to book since we started the festival back in 2006 so we’re beyond happy. We hope prospective festival-goers are too.

“Its an honour to have them and it will be a beautiful way to bring this year’s Moseley Folk Festival to a raucous close.”

* Tickets are on sale now and available from www.moseleyfolk.co.uk/tickets.