Waterboy out to make a splash with book

Mike Scott, lead singer of the Waterboys, giving a book reading.
Mike Scott, lead singer of the Waterboys, giving a book reading.
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AS if setting an album’s worth of poems to music wasn’t literary enough, Waterboys frontman Mike Scott is getting even more bookish.

Not content with turning the poetry of William Butler Yeats into a hit album, Scott has gone and written a book of his own, an autobiography entitled Adventures of a Waterboy, and now, furthermore, he’s getting out and about to read it too.

The 53-year-old has been doing a series of readings, slotted in between Waterboys shows, ever since the book came out in June, and he’ll be adding one in the north east to his literary itinerary, followed by a short acoustic set also featuring his band’s fiddler, Steve Wickham, next month.

This will be Scott’s second appearance at the riverside venue in a matter of months, following a sell-out Waterboys show in March to plug their aforesaid last album, An Appointment with Mr Yeats, a No 30 hit released in September last year.

Scott, still best known for the 1980s singles Fisherman’s Blues and The Whole of the Moon, will be at the Sage Gateshead on Wednesday, October 10. For tickets, priced £12.50, go to www.sagegateshead.org

His autobiography is out in hardback, published by Lilliput Press, priced £20, and as a Jawbone Press paperback for a fiver less. For details, go to www.mikescottwaterboys.com

DARIN HUTSON