The Saw Doctors

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Originating in Tuam, County Galway, Eire, the Saw Doctors continue the practice of rock reacquainting itself with traditional Gaelic music. Inspired by the madcap antics of the Pogues, et al, the medium is a furious medley of traditional and modern instruments, meshing together in boozy sing alongs or sombre ballads that are best experienced live.

The Saw Doctors signed to WEA Records in 1992 for All The Way From Tuam, but they had made their mark with an independent debut featuring ‘I Useta Lover’. The latter would become Eire’s biggest-selling single of all time, topping the singles chart for nine weeks. Previously Leo Moran (6 November 1964, Eire; vocals) had been playing guitar with local reggae folk outfit Too Much For The White Man. Fellow Tuam ‘sham’ singer Davy Carton (b. 10 April 1959, Eire; guitar) was recruited - or perhaps brought out of retirement might be a more accurate description, the father of three...

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