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When The Circus Came To Soundcheck; The Waterboys

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Circus advertisement, 1900 (wikimedia commons)

In This Episode: The Scottish-led, Dublin-based band The Waterboys have been making a unique blend of Celtic folk rock since 1983. They set the poetry of W.B. Yeats to music in our studio.

Plus: The Ringling Bros & Barnum Bailey Circus has set up the proverbial big top at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The circus’ composer, Michael Picton, talks about creating music for the show. And historian Janet Davis of University of Texas-Austin talks about the sound of the "golden age" of the circus

Later: From “Tears of a Clown” to “The Show Must Go On,” the Soundcheck team puts together a playlist of circus-related pop music.

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The Waterboys’ new album is called An Appointment With Mister Yeats, and it takes poems by the Nobel Prize-winner W. B. Yeats -- a towering figure in 20th century literature and in Ir...


Lions and Tigers and Unicyclists, Oh My!

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center this week. With it comes tigers, clowns, death-defying acrobatics -- and quite a bit of music. The composer Michael Picton crafted the score for the current tour, called "Built To Amaze." He joins us to talk about the challenges of soundtracking a basketball game played on unicycles and the all-important entrance of the elephants.


A circus tent from Circus Flora.

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