MIKE Scott and The Waterboys so enjoyed their York Barbican gig last December that they return there on Wednesday.
That show was a triumphant celebration of the 25th anniversary of their Fisherman's Blues magnum opus in 2013, when Scottish band leader Scott reassembled the "Fisherman four" from the infamous Irish and Californian recording sessions of 1986-1988.
He took to the road with ever-present Irish fiddle player Steve Wickham, newly restored saxophone and mandolin player Anto Thistlethwaite and bassist Trevor Hutchinson, plus new Fisherman's friend Ralph Salmins, Scott's current drummer. Now they are touring once more, having "got that old fire burning again with Steve and Anto wailing like the two-man orchestra I remember," as Scott put it.
Let's hope Wednesday' can match the December fireworks that prompted The Press reviewer to enthuse: "Twenty-seven years ago, half his age now, Scott had aspired to make the 'music of the ages', something beyond the computer pop and angular haircuts of the time. How the Barbican full house of a similar age cheered in celebration of Scott achieving those ambitions on a grand, beautiful, emotional, romantic, moving, spiritual, glorious night."
Tickets remain on sale at £29.50 on 0844 854 2757 or at yorkbarbican.co.uk. On the day, the box office will be open from 5pm; doors open at 6.30pm for the 7.30pm start.