Tuesday, January 26, 2021


The Waterboys: 1987-05-31 - Back of a lorry, Town Square, Kenmare, Ireland

1987-05-31 - Back of a lorry, Town Square, Kenmare, Ireland
Mike Scott - Vocal, Guitar
Anthony Thistlethwaite - Sax
The Fleadh Cowboys
BP Fallon
James Fearnley - Accordion
Liam Ó Maonlaí - Vocal

Mike Scott writes about this gig in his "Adventures of a Waterboy":

There were concerts and events all round town, in school halls, hotels, even churches, and B.P. quickly vanished in pursuit of some scene or other. Anto and I rambled around the town square and somebody told us that a band we knew, a Dublin country-rock combo called the Fleadh Cowboys, were playing right now in a hotel on the outskirts of town. I had my guitar and Anto had his sax, so as we walked to the gig through the cheerful streets we started playing. A small crowd gathered round us and we made our procession through town. Finding myself in the role of pied piper, I made a medley of songs last for the twenty minutes of our march while the Human Saxophone blew loud solos that reverberated off the stone fronts of the houses. Finally we came to the edge of town where the stately pile of the Park Hotel stood amid trees and meadows. There we found the Fleadh Cowboys hanging around, smoking and talking on a patio outside the ballroom, their performance just finished. The Cowboys were led by two Stetson-wearing Dublin characters: Pete Cummins (tall, rangy, always looked like he’d just climbed down off a horse, nasal singing style) and Frank Lane (charismatic, testy, with a Hank Williams fixation and a helium voice). We’d guested with them a few times before and they invited us to form a one-off band to play that evening on the truck I’d noticed in the town square. Bingo! We’d scored ourselves a gig in paradise.

Down at the square an hour or so later word had spread and a rowdy audience was gathered. We climbed onto the truck and soundchecked in twenty seconds flat. B.P. Fallon appeared bang on cue with The Pogues’ accordion player, James Fearnley, who was quickly hauled up to join us. We struck up a boxcar-train groove and lit into a set of country songs, all rattling Tennessee Three drums and slide guitar licks punctuated by Anto’s rasping sax breaks, while I traded lead vocals with the two Stetsoned Cowboys. Between numbers I heard the unmistakeable sound of someone shouting for ‘Red Army Bluuuuuues’. This plaintive holler, a plea for the least-played, most-requested Waterboys song, our own personal ‘Freeeeeebiiiiiird’, had followed us on tour from L.A. to Tel Aviv and someone was even shouting for it in this mad Irish mountain fastness. Halfway through the gig I noticed Liam Ó Maonlai, the young singer from The Hothouse Flowers, in the crowd. I loved his bluesy swagger and deep voice, and with his floppy fringe and piano antics he was like an Irish Jerry Lee Lewis. I reached down and pulled him up from the crowd and asked if he’d sing a song I’d heard him do a couple of times. He agreed, I gave the band a signal, and we smashed into Iggy Pop’s mighty ‘Cock In My Pocket’, with its all-time great lyric, ‘I’ve got my cock in my pocket and I’m rootin’ down the old highway!’

  1. On My Way To Heaven
  2. Maggie's Farm
  3. Girl Of The North Country
  4. Can't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
  5. Tangled Up In Blue

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Rnd. Tracklist

See the setlist at setlist.fm2015-09-26 - Teatro Nuovo, Milan, Italy
Mike Scott - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Steve Wickham - Electric fiddle, mandolin
Zach Ernst - Lead Guitar
"Brother" Paul Brown - Keyboards
Ralph Salmins - Drums
David Hood - Bass

The setlist below is the actual one, the single file recording in the collection looks like it has been edited, I can see the gaps of silence between cuts and there is abrupt changes in the audience volume and noise between tracks, and the songs are in a different order from the setlist.

  1. Destinies Entwined
  2. Still a Freak
  3. A Girl Called Johnny
  4. We Will Not Be Lovers
  5. November Tale
  6. Rosalind (You Married the Wrong Guy)
  7. Medicine Bow
  8. Glastonbury Song
  9. Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)
  10. I Can See Elvis
  11. The Whole of the Moon
  12. Mike's rantle
  13. The Pan Within
  14. Don't Bang the Drum
  15. Long Strange Golden Road
  16. Fisherman's Blues

Here is the actual order of the file:

  1. Destinies Entwined
  2. Still a Freak
  3. Rosalind (You Married the Wrong Guy)
  4. Audience and Mike talking
  5. November Tale
  6. Band introduction
  7. I Can See Elvis
  8. Medicine Bow
  9. Mike talking about a suit
  10. A Girl Called Johnny
  11. The Pan Within
  12. Fisherman's Blues
  13. The Whole of the Moon
  14. Glastonbury Song
  15. We Will Not Be Lovers
  16. Roll Over Beethoven
  17. Long Strange Golden Road

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