SCOTT FEELS A BOND WITH THE ARTIS­TIC AND CUL­TURAL IN­TER­ESTS OF YEATS

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where I’d feel at home liv­ing. It was a good time but a kind of in­com­plete time as well.’’

Scott found a home, ge­o­graph­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally, in the mid 90s, when he moved to the Scot­tish vil­lage of Find­horn, near In­ver­ness, to im­merse him­self in the teach­ings and phi­los­o­phy of the Find­horn Foun­da­tion, a spir­i­tual aware­ness or­gan­i­sa­tion founded in the early 70s and one that has had a pro­found ef­fect on Scott’s life ever since. He lived there, work­ing in the kitchens, liv­ing a rel­a­tively atyp­i­cal ex­is­tence for a rock star, in 1994-95, and again from 2002 un­til 2008. He has been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor since leav­ing and will spend Christ­mas there next week.

‘‘ I had al­ways been in­ter­ested in spir­i­tual af­fairs and I got really into it in my 20s with spir­i­tual lit­er­a­ture,’’ Scott says. ‘‘ Then I reached 32, 33 and I really wanted some for­mal spir­i­tual ed­u­ca­tion, some ex­pe­ri­ence of a deeper world. Just at the time I for­mu­lated that idea I dis­cov­ered Find­horn, this com­mu­nity in Scot­land. I had just learned to med­i­tate at the time. I was liv­ing in New York. I learned to med­i­tate at a book­shop on Fifth Av­enue. Then I learned about Find­horn and went to visit and I just loved the place. I had very pro­found spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ences there.’’

Dur­ing his first stint in the com­mu­nity the me­dia, and in par­tic­u­lar the mu­sic press, saw his spir­i­tual lean­ings as a re­nun­ci­a­tion of his rock star­dom and even his mu­sic ca­reer. But Scott con­tin­ued to make mu­sic and did so dur­ing all his time at Find­horn, even per­form­ing his new ma­te­rial in the vil­lage hall and sit­ting in with com­mu­nity bands play­ing other peo­ple’s songs.

‘‘ I was tour­ing while I was on Find­horn,’’ he says. ‘‘ I was an ac­tive mu­si­cian while I was liv­ing there. It wasn’t an es­cape from any­thing or a re­treat from any­thing. It was my school. There are all th­ese ways of think­ing that I carry with me ever since Find­horn and I’m for­ever grate­ful for that.’’

He’s grate­ful also for the pro­found in­flu­ence Yeats has had on his life, although he stops short of say­ing the poet has had a di­rect bear­ing on his own lyrics. ‘‘ I just liked his po­etry,’’ he says. ‘‘ It wasn’t that he had a big in­flu­ence on my song­writ­ing. Maybe he does more so now, though. I put a lot of work into the Yeats al­bum.’’

Fans can judge just what a cor­re­la­tion there is be­tween the Ir­ish poet and the Scot­tish song­writer on the Wa­ter­boys’ tour, which be­gins in Bris­bane on Jan­uary 19 and trav­els to Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Ade­laide and Perth. on Jan­uary 18 and trav­els to the Gold Coast, Ade­laide, Mel­bourne and Perth.

Lead­ing the BDO line-up next year are Amer­i­can rock veter­ans the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers, with a raft of big names also on the bill, in­clud­ing the Killers, Vam­pire Week­end, Alabama Shakes and our own 360, Grin­spoon, Urth­boy and Deep Sea Ar­cade.

Elvis Costello and the Im­posters be­gin their stint in Mel­bourne at the Palais The­atre on Jan­uary 25 and play Syd­ney’s State The­atre on Jan­uary 30, as well as per­form­ing a se­ries of win­ery shows in sev­eral states.

Nashville-based Aus­tralian coun­try le­gend Keith Ur­ban re­turns for a se­ries of shows in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, be­gin­ning at Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Jan­uary 25 and trav­el­ling to Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

Those of a coun­try mu­sic per­sua­sion may also be in­ter­ested in vis­it­ing the an­nual Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in NSW, which runs from Jan­uary 18-27 and prom­ises a more ad­ven­tur­ous and in­ter­na­tional line-up than in pre­vi­ous years, with Kasey Cham­bers and Shane Ni­chol­son, Amer­i­can song­writer Elizabeth Cook and hun­dreds of other per­form­ers strut­ting their stuff.

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