The Saw Doctors

The Saw Doctors

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This band from Galway, Ireland released an indie single that became biggest selling single of all time in Ireland. They came to America several years ago and have built a huge loyal following.

Biography

The Saw Doctors came together in the small western Irish Galway county of Tuam, in 1987 with the pairing of Davy Carton and Leo Moran. They took the West of Ireland by storm and formed an allegiance with Mike Scott of the Waterboys who saw them in Galway and liked what he saw enough to ask them to support his band on their next UK tour.

In September of 1989, Scott’s name appeared as producer on their debut
single, N17, which paved the way for their first hit, I Useta Love Her. The song
virtually became the country’s second national anthem staying at #1 for 13 weeks and becoming the biggest selling single of all time in Ireland. On the heels of this success came the release of the band’s first album, If This is Rock & Roll I Want My Old Job Back. They were voted Best New Band at the Irish Entertainment Awards and the subject of a TV
documentary, A Powerful New Song. They began touring and never looked back.

Buoyed by the success of their second album, All the Way from Tuam, they formed their own record label, Shamtown, and the next record they released, Small Bit of Love, delivered their first UK singles chart Top Thirty entry which in turn landed them an appearance on Britain’s premiere TV show, Top of the Pops.

The Saw Doctors have extensively toured the United States, Europe and Australia headlining at major venues, including London’s famous Albert Hall. Over the years, The Saw Doctor’s reputation at American, British and European Festivals has become second to none, even headlining the Fleadh along with Van Morrison and Sinead O’Connor. Recent highlights include a performance at the World Expo in Hanover Germany where they represented Ireland.

Their 5th studio album, Villains? was released in America in 2002 and “Play it Again Sham!” in 2003 and was followed by an extensive US tour touching down in new markets with stupendous success and widening their press outreach with appearances on regional television and radio shows. In February 2004 has released the band’s first live album and has been on an extensive tour.

Their songs have been used in commercial advertisements including one for Guinness Harp beer, heard on national rock radio in the US. The band’s music is included in various movie soundtracks and they have even appeared as themselves, in a film entitled The Tavern The single from Villans? “This is Me,” rose to number 25 on the UK Top 40 charts just one day after its release.

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Discography

2004 Live in Galway Shamtown
Play It Again, Sham!
2002 Villains? Shamtown
Sing A Powerful Song
1998 Songs From Sun Street Paradigm
1996 Same Oul Town Shamtown
1993 All The Way From Tuam Shamtown
1991 If This Is Rock and Roll, I Want My old Job Back Shamtown