Mention The Waterboys to most people and they’ll immediately think of 1985 smash hit single “The Whole of the Moon” (rereleased in ’91). And fair enough — that’s a great song. But there’s so much more to this Scottish-Irish folk rock band. Mainman Mike Scott formed the group in ’83, and there are now 13 Waterboys albums available, the latest being this year’s Where the Action Is. But honestly, you could grab any one of them and find yourself besotted with the gorgeous melodies, anthemic choruses and Scott’s world-weary voice. Frankly, there are few better folk rock songs ever written than 1988’s “Fisherman’s Blues” from the album with the same name. They also play the Observatory on Sunday, and these local shows will offer a rare chance to catch Scott and his Waterboys live.

The Waterboys play at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 at the Belasco.

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