The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band's
membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians
from Scotland and Ireland. London, Dublin, Spiddal, New York and
Findhorn have all served as a home for the group. The band has played
in a number of different styles, but most often their music can be
described as a mix of Celtic folk music with rock and roll, or folk
rock. After ten years of recording and touring, the band dissolved in
1993 and Scott pursued a solo career. The band reformed in 2000, and
continues to release albums and tour worldwide. The early Waterboys
sound was dubbed "The Big Music" after a song on their second album, A
Pagan Place. This musical style was described by Scott as "a metaphor
for seeing God's signature in the world." Their songs, largely written
by Scott, often contain literary references and are frequently
concerned with spirituality. Both the group and its members' solo
careers have received much praise from both rock and folk music
critics, but The Waterboys as a band has never received the commercial
success that some of its members have had independently.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Irish forces led by Brian Boru clashed with the Vikings in the Battle
Irish mathematician and physicist Rowan Hamilton presented his Theory
of Systems of Rays.
The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was founded in Ankara in the
midst of the Turkish War of Independence.
Gdynia was inaugurated as a Polish seaport on the south coast of the
Batting against Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals, Hank Aaron of
the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 home runs in Major
The Conch Republic facetiously declared independence from the United
Wikiquote of the day:
We defy augury; there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.
If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now;
if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. -- "Hamlet"
in Hamlet by William Shakespeare