West Ireland based folk-rock supergroup The Saw Doctors announces an 18 city United States Summer Tour. Beginning with legendary hot spot The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on Thursday, August 9 and continuing an east and west coast trek that includes the distinction of appearing along with The Black Crowes and others at the Irish Connections Festival in Canton, MA on Friday, August 10 and a high profile spot at one of the nation's premiere outdoor music events; The 24th Annual California Strawberry Festival, on Friday, August 31, and ending Labor Day Weekend with a special appearance at the Kansas City Irish Festival 'A Celebration of Celtic Pride in Cowtown'.
Other highlighted shows include The Borgata in Atlantic City and another run in New York, playing the Fillmore at Irving Plaza which will most assuredly be another sold out event.
The Saw Doctors upcoming US tour is a combination of club, shed and festival dates. The Galway band has made over 50 successful trips to the USA since their first visit in 1991 including the recent March 2007 string of US dates where the band sold out NYC's Nokia Theatre in Times Square and headlined the 2007 Governors Inauguration Ball in Baltimore, Maryland. Now in their nineteenth year as a touring band, The Saw Doctors revolve around the songwriting partnership of Davy Carton (Vocals) and Leo Moran (Guitars). On stage line-up also includes former Waterboy, Anthony Thistlethwaite (Bass Guitar, Saxophone), Kevin Duffy (Keyboards, Vocals), Eimhin Cradock (Drums, Vocals).
"...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". The London Times
Thu-Aug-09 Washington, DC The Birchmere
Fri-Aug-10 Canton, MA Irish Connections Festival
Sat-Aug-11 New York, NY Fillmore at Irving Plaza
Sun-Aug-12 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Music Box
Wed-Aug-15 Lewiston, NY Artpark
Thu-Aug-16 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
Fri-Aug-17 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus
Sat-Aug-18 Northampton, MA Pines Theater Summer Music
Mon-Aug-20 Annapolis, MD Ram's Head Tavern
Tue-Aug-21 Ortley Beach, NJ Surf Club
Wed-Aug-22 Albany, NY Empire State Plaza
Thu-Aug-23 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino
Sat-Aug-25 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Tue-Aug-28 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Wed-Aug-29 Los Angeles, CA The Knitting Factory
Thu-Aug-30 San Francisco, CA Slims
Fri-Aug-31 Yosemite, CA Strawberry Music Festival
Sun-Sep-02 Kansas City, MO Kansas City Irish Festival
The Saw Doctors are on tour in support of their official live release: 'Live In Galway' [DVD] [CD] and their current studio recording 'The Cure'. In addition to the superbly recorded 80 minute live concert, the Livein Galway DVD features an hour-long documentary "A Different Kind of World" that takes a spirited look at the band at home in Tuam, Clare Island, and the local pubs where they got their start. Packed with interviews and intimate performances the documentary is informative and lighthearted and gives a glimpse into the inner workings of Ireland's adored troubadours.
All fan favorites are covered on the live CD, including their three Irish number one singles -- "N17", "I Use ta Lover" and "Hay Wrap" -- and their UK Top 20 single, "To Win Just Once." The words and music on 'Live In Galway' and indeed on all Docs releases are hook-laden mixtures of rock, pop and traditional roots music with the ever-present under story of the band's distinctive vocal harmonies. The Cure (2006) is The Saw Doctors' sixth studio album. Known for their 'every man' approach to musical storytelling, the current 12-song disc introduces fans to a more reflective and introspective set of songs.
Special guests on the new album are Nicola Geddes (Cello), Kenneth Rice (Violin) and Paul Barrett (Backing Vocals). The Cure was recorded in Spiddal, Co. Galway in Spring 2005.
Davy Carton has explained the blend of sadness and exuberance in many Saw Doctors' songs by musing: "There has to be a dark side because there's a darkside to life. We see that, but we're kind of cynical optimists, I suppose. I look at myself that way. You always like to see the bright things. That's the uplift in it"
The Saw Doctors enjoy an enthusiastic following both at home and abroad. The band's international fan base displays the sort of fervor for the music and the live show that has them often compared to fans of the Grateful Dead. Fueled by those in Ireland as well as those of Irish descent in the US, UK, and elsewhere, this unofficial fan club prides itself on seeing the Docs as many times as possible. They regularly meet online in a forum on the band's web site and maintain a lively and global conversation about the band.
During the past two years, The Saw Doctors have toured non-stop throughout Europe, USA, the UK and Ireland promoting their current studio CD The Cure. With their song "I Use ta Lover" The Saw Doctors can claim the biggest selling single in Ireland, outselling Irish icons, U2, Sinead O'Connor and Van Morrison.
In a Saw Doctors' song, you'll listen in vain for the usual swaggering rock cliches about life on the road, drug problems and easy sex. Instead, continuing the tradition of all-time greats from Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, their songs range from bringing in the harvest, to running away to join the army; 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.
Previous band CD's include:
If This Is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back (1991),
All The Way From Tuam (1992),
Same Oul Town (1996),
Songs From Sun Street (1998),