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The Saw Doctors

25 March @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Saw Doctors were discovered by Mike Scott of The Waterboys on a stormy Wintry Tuesday night in Galway city in the 1980’s, plying their trade with more gumption than virtuosity in the back of The Quays Bar. Scott offered The Saw Doctors the support slot on The Waterboy’s Irish Tour and in Sligo before the tour was completed, Mike asked The Saw Doctors to support The Waterboys on their six week tour of Great Britain starting in February 1989. Mike Scott produced the band’s first single, ‘N17’, which was written by two of The Saw Doctors, singer Davy Carton and guitarist Leo Moran. ‘N17’ got on the radio a handful of times and a second single was to be released to fulfill the two-record deal with Solid Records. With Philip Tennant, whom they had met through Mike Scott, now on the producer’s perch, The Saw Doctors went to the haunted Loco Studios in Wales and put down three tracks – ‘It Won’t Be Tonight’, ‘I Useta Lover’ and ‘Sing A Powerful Song’. After much debate, it was eventually decided that ‘I Useta Lover’ would be the second release from The Saw Doctors. The Galway band plugged away at gigs around Ireland and scored an early afternoon slot at the coming-of-age Irish festival of its time, Féile, in Thurles, in County Tipperary, in the August of 1990,. The Welsh ghost must have brought them luck for that Sunday evening they learnt that ‘I Useta Lover’ had somehow entered the Irish single charts from where it slowly climbed, taking seven weeks to reach the Number One spot and remaining on top for the following nine weeks. The Saw Doctors were now known the length and breath of the country and beyond. Things got fast. A Channel 4, Steve Lock directed, documentary, ‘Sing A Powerful Song’, was shot in Manchester and at their homecoming gig in the Gaelic Football Stadium in Tuam, Co. Galway and it aired in both Britain and Ireland. The Saw Doctors made their first trip to The United States in 1991, a journey they have made almost eighty times since. Through the nineties The Saw Doctors chalked up well-received appearances at numerous prestigious festivals including Witnness, Oxegen and Slane in Ireland, Glastonbury, T in the Park, the London Fleadh in Britain as well as at its Fleadh cousins across the Atlantic in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, and garnered a reputation for being a powerful and exciting liveband, playing diligently through Ireland, Britain and the USA, with the odd trip to Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Holland, France and Belgium thrown in. A handful of singles briefly dented the British Charts through the nineties, the three most successful breaking into the Top 20 – ‘Small Bit Of Love’,‘To Win Just Once’ and ‘World Of Good’. Throughout the noughties The Saw Doctors gained an ever-increasing and enthusiastic following on the Irish college scene, ensuring a young and lively new audience in their home country. In 2008 they filmed a documentary,“Clare Island to Cape Cod’, the centerpiece being their, by then, eagerly anticipated annual August appearance at the Melody Tent in Hyannis, MA revolving on the stage, surrounded in 360° by banks of loud and sweaty Summertime fans. The end of 2011 brought another surprise hit for The Saw Doctors – having included a verse and chorus of ‘Downtown’ in the show-closing ‘Hay Wrap’, the band noticed that ‘Downtown’ captured the imagination of the audience, making it a potential contender for the Christmas single. On a long-shot, producer Phillip Tennant got in touch with Petula Clark’s manager and a recording session was arranged in London where the old 60’s classic was re-vamped and recorded – ‘The Saw Doctors featuring Petula Clark’! The lively duet made it to number 2 in the Irish singles Christmas chart and actually made it to number 1 in the i-tunes section of the count. Loved and revered by their loyal fans, many of whom have been recruited by already fan friends, The Saw Doctors continue with a resilience and an effervescent energy, looking forward to a new album release and a tour in the Autumn of 2016. In their own words….. ‘Born into a repressed, catholic, conservative, small-town, agrarian, angst-ridden and showband infested society we’re trying to preserve the positive elements of our background and marry them to the sounds which have culturally invaded our milieu through TV, radio, 45’s, fast food restaurants, 24 hour petrol stations and electric blankets’ Leo Moran.


25 March
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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INEC Killarney


Muckross Road, Killarney
Co. Kerry, Ireland
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