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Review: An Appointment with Mr Yeats, Mike Scott , Grand Opera House, Belfast

Soundtrack for a genius of poetry

You might feel that Yeats' lyric poetry, which has its own music didn't need an extra soundtrack, but you'd be wrong.

Mike Scott and The Waterboys' two-hour fan letter — An Appointment With Mr Yeats — carried on where their frontman left off after setting The Stolen Child to stunning music in Fisherman's Blues, and created something pretty special at the Grand Opera House last night.

The evening began with drama, dry ice and a characteristic Waterboys sound but soon got onto the main act. It seemed as if each great poem — and we heard some of WB's finest— was given a different style.

Mike Scott admits he'd adjusted Yeats' work here and there in order to get the music right, but it seemed totally justifiable tweaking. The sound of Scott's soulful, gritty vocals and the nice rhythm conjured by his new Waterboys line-up with impressive drums, percussion and original Steve Wickham on violin, plus the pictures of painful integrity, hit home.

By the end of the evening you take home a certain dreaminess which makes you think the 1960s maybe echo the 1890s.

Fortunately, Belfast has another chance to experience something unique tonight.

Jane Hardy

Belfast Telegraph

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