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Tuam, County Galway (1986 – 2013)

The Saw Doctors was an Irish rock band. Formed in 1986 in Tuam, County Galway, they achieved eighteen Top 30 singles in The Republic of Ireland including three number ones. Their first number one, “I Useta Lover,” topped the Irish charts for nine consecutive weeks in 1990, and still holds the record for the country’s all-time biggest-selling single. Renowned for their live performances, the band won a cult following, especially in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. On 15 February 2008, they received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards. In 2013 the band decided to quit touring .Three members (Moran, Thistlethwaite and O’Neill) have formed a band called The Cabin Collective with some fellow Galway musicians. It is currently unknown whether the Saw Doctors will be returning from their break.

Formed by Leo Moran and Davy Carton, members have included singer, guitarist, and mandolin player John “Turps” Burke; bass player Pearse Doherty; keyboard and accordion player Tony Lambert; keyboard player and guitarist Derek Murray; and drummers Padraig Stevens, John Donnelly, Jimi Higgins, and Fran Breen. The current line-up is Leo Moran (vocals, guitar), Davy Carton (vocals, guitar), Kevin Duffy (keyboards), Anthony Thistlethwaite (bass guitar, saxphone), and Eímhín Craddock (drums).

There is a special place in rock ‘n’ roll mythology reserved for that rare phenomenon, the people’s band.


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  • KingSprayBall


    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • niamhfeeney

    Saw Docs are legends :)

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • hairspray44

    the further adventures is great! they gotta put the album up on here

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • conorconneally

    the new album is the best yet!

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • hairspray44

    love this band, seen them a million times, ther a lot of fun live! cant wait to see em again!

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • PhamilyJules

    Thrilled to see the Saw Doctors at the 14th Annual Celtic Fest in Chicago. Totally rocked.

    9 May 2010 Reply
  • SeiHeiki

    im so grateful for my dad knowing the manager of this band <3

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lenzo357

    I remember been 6 in my dads car listning to The Saw Doctors, good times! =']

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • LstCowboy

    Newcastle gig tomorrow....excellent stuff expected

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • riggiefan1

    Hope to see them in Manchester later this year. Great band, in my top 3.

    14 Jul 2009 Reply
  • chuckacheesy

    cant wait for them at oxegen!!!! hay wrap!

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • KeithJones

    Such a great band!

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • x__Lemon

    They're so underrated.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • icasta


    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • moomoosnake

    i've been in my saw docs phase for the past 10 years and am yet to stop enjoying them. Most enjoyable live band i've been to see (along with EELS). My whole family go to see them on their December tours - *so* much fun!

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • jamesor2

    everyone goes through a Saw Docs phase, and I enjoyed it, but im not up for listening to them any time soon though

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • x__Lemon

    They're so good, haha, I love them! I blame my parents for the fact that I seem to know every word for every song. XD

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • SawDocsFan

    'About You Now ' will be released by the Saw Doctors on October 10th 2008 on Shamtown Records...

    30 Sep 2008 Reply
  • marcus1608

    they are the best live band i have ever seen full stop. songs from sun street possibly best album of all time

    8 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Slownoris

    Jesus Christ almighty, I'd love to bang the Bangles.

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
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