Hailing from the West of Ireland, The Saw Doctors are hell -bent on celebrating, observing, recording and sometimes poking fun at their own locality, accent, and idiomatic use of language whilst dressing their songs up in their favourite sounds and styles from their years of musical fandom.
During the Scottish Tour in October The Saw Doctors will debut new songs from their recently recorded studio album ‘Uber Value’ as well as playing all their Irish No. 1 hits including ‘N17’, ‘I Useta Lover’, and ‘To Win Just Once’, which the bands songwriters Leo Moran and Davy Carton have just licensed to the Wisconsin State Lottery in the US for a TV ad campaign.
The Saw Doctors were discovered by Mike Scott of The Waterboys on a stormy Wintry Tuesday night in Galway city, plying their trade with more gumption than virtuosity in the back of The Quays Bar. Scott took an unlikely liking to the unlikely bunch of raggedy and fashion-unconscious triers and offered them the support slot on what was, at that time, the most revered up-coming rock and roll tour of the country. Things must’ve somehow pleased the Scot along the way and in Sligo, before the tour was completed, he offered the itinerant songsmiths the six-week Spring tour of Great Britain, starting in February 1989. Padraig’s coy acceptance of the offer came in four words ‘We’ll pencil it in’.
Loved and revered by their loyal fans, many of whom have been recruited by already fan friends, or friends of friends of fans, if you know what I mean, and often reviled by haughty urban-based media style council as being toorural (Tuam!), painting pictures that the begrudgers believe, from their lofty perspective, don’t exist in the real world, The Saw Doctors continue with a resilience and an effervescent energy and they are looking forward to a new album release and getting back on the road again in the second half of 2016.
‘The Saw Doctors have always received a great welcome in Scotland since our first visit back in 1989 when we supported The Waterboys in Aberdeen, Ayr, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow’ ‘You can’t beat the hospitality and sense of fun that we have experienced from Scottish people, especially in the Highlands and Islands’. Guitarist and songwriter Leo Moran