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About The Sawdoctors

A funny thing happened to The Saw Doctors last Autumn.  After a gap of 17 years, the West of Ireland rockers topped the Irish Music Singles Chart with their punked up version of the Sugababes song "About You Now", beating off international artists such as Pink and Kings of Leon.

Back in the early ninties, The Saw Doctors were Number One in Ireland with Hay Wrap, N17 and I Useta Lover which still holds the record for the biggest selling Irish single.  The bands first album, If This Is Rock & Roll, I Want My Old Job Back" was Number One in Ireland for most of 1991. 

The Saw Doctors were discovered in the back room of the Quays Pub in Galway in 1988 by Mike Scott of The Waterboys who was recording The Fishermans' Blues album in nearby Spiddal.  Mike Scott asked The Saw Doctors to open for The Waterboys' on the Fisherman's Blues tour of the UK and Ireland in the Autumn of 1988 and produced their first single, N17.

After posting a second Number One album (All The Way From Tuam), The Saw Doctors set about touring the UK and in February 1996, the band's third album "Same Oul' Town" went to Number Six in the UK Top Twenty,  yielding two Top Twenty UK singles, World of Good, and To Win Just Once.  The Saw Doctors appeared on BBC's Top of the Pops in January and July 1996 to promote the two singles.

In April/May 1997, the Saw Doctors undertook their first major coast to coast US tour and as a result landed a US record deal with Paradigm Records in New York.  The compilation album, Sing A Powerful Song, was released in November 1997, prompting Geoffrey Himes to write in The Washington Post that "the Saw Doctors are one of the world's most appealing  roots-rock outfits".

Songs From Sun Street, the Saw Doctors fourth album was released on both sides of the Atlantic in 1998.  The album release was celebrated in the UK with a sell out show at London's Royal Albert Hall.  In America, the Saw Doctors headlined the American Fleadh concerts with Van Morrisson and Sinead O'Connor. At the Fleadh Festival in San Jose (June 99), they had the crowd "jumping like human pogo-sticks" according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Saw Doctors are powered by the songwriting partnership of Leo Moran (guitar) and Davy Carton (Vocals).  Their songs range from the plight of Ireland's unmarried mothers to the effect of strong religion on a nation's youth; from playing gaelic football against a neighbouring village to loving the prettiest girl in town but lacking the courage to tell her.

"From country to punk to pop and rock'n'roll",  explains Leo Moran on their success,  "we stole all our favourite bits".

Over the years, The Saw Doctors have built up a reputation as a great live band.  They have toured in Australia, Canada, USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Norway and the UK.  Paul Sexton of The Times in London observed that "if they could bottle the sort of bonhomie that can make an entire concert hall feel better, The Saw Doctors would have the medicine show to end them all".