West Ireland based super group The Saw Doctors announce 13-city United States Summer Tour for August 2008. Direct from a string of successful UK Festival dates and their first-ever block of European club dates -- a sure sign of positive and continued growth for the band -- the Saw Doctors arrive stateside on Thursday, August 7 in Lowell, MA to headline the Boarding House Park Summer Music Series. The tightly routed tour continues on with noteworthy outdoor festival-style performances including Governors Island , New York City and two nights at the Milwaukee Irish Fest. The final night of the tour, Sunday, August 24, sees the band wrap up their Summer 2008 US Swing with a headlining performance at the Buffalo Irish Festival in upstate New York.
A combination of indoor and outdoor shows have been selected to provide fans the opportunity to experience a singular, summertime, Saw Doctors show.“…a fan base…that has been compared to the Grateful Deads in its dedication.., the Saw Doctors take pride in never playing the same set twice.”
The Washington Post“The Saw Doctors capped a grand grand-opening weekend for the Hanover by performing a knockout, two-hour show that simply demanded people leave their seats, dance around and generally whoop it up as best they could.”
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Summer 2008 Highlights:
Aug 9: The Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival 2008 (Long Island, NY) is New York’s most comprehensive entertainment event in the tri-state region and attracts more than 120,000 attendees. Hosted by the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, this event fulfills its mission to “Reach for the Sky” by offering a spectacular family friendly festival. The entertainment lineup featuring The Saw Doctors live in concert, also includes Extreme Sports, Custom & Classic Car Showcases, 35 signature Hot Air Balloons and much more.
Aug 16-17: Milwaukee Irish Fest (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), more than a festival, this annual event celebrates all aspects of Irish culture and seeks to instill in future generations an appreciation of Irish heritage. The Saw Doctors two-night appearance is part of the list of ‘Returning Favorites’ along with other notable performers Eileen Ivers, Gaelic Storm and Seven Nations.
Aug-23: New York City–Special Event: The Governors Island Concert Series (Governors Island, NY) the inaugural edition of a rain-or-shine, all-ages music series on beautiful Governors Island, located only 800 yards off of Lower Manhattan. The GICS is a groundbreaking event: one of the first-ever large-scale performance events to take place on historic Governors Island. A bit off the beaten track for Saw Doctors regulars, this unique location will be a fantastic outdoor experience that will naturally lend itself towards the party atmosphere that befits a true Saw Doctors show.
“The Saw Doctors sing earnest, folk–rocking anthems of small–town life “for those who feel they’ve been mistreated/Discriminated, robbed or cheated.“ In Ireland their populism has brought them a huge national following; even in New York City, there should be plenty of voices with brogues singing along."
Jon Pareles The New York Times
“…working-class rockers who like to down a pint or two at the end of the day -- just like their fans.”
The award winning Galway band has made more than 55 successful trips to the USA since their first visit in 1991, including the recent March 2008 string of US dates celebrating their rarities release That Takes The Biscuit – 23 Assorted Tracks by The Saw Doctors’ where the band played to sold out crowds from D.C. to Boston including a St Patrick’s Day two-night celebration at NYC’s Nokia Theatre.
Now in their twentieth year as a touring band their career highlights include the 2008 Meteor Irish Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, three Irish Number One singles, a UK Top Ten album and consistently sold out shows in over 10 different countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Holland and the UK. 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).
Thursday August 7 Lowell, MA Summer Music Festival
Friday August 8 Northampton, MA Look Park
Saturday August 9 Long Island, NY The Metro NY Balloon & Music Fest
Sunday August 10 Troy, NY Revolution Hall
Tuesday August 12 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Wednesday August 13 Cohasset MA South Shore Music Circus
Thursday August 14 Hyannis MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
Saturday August 16 Milwaukee, WI Irish Fest
Sunday August 17 Milwaukee, WI Irish Fest
Tuesday August 19 Ortley Beach, NJ Surf Club
Wednesday August 20 Alexandria VA Birchmere Bandstand
Friday August 22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Saturday August 23 New York, NY Governor's Island
Sunday August 24 Buffalo, NY Irish Festival
About The Saw Doctors
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 website 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. With their song “I Useta 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 clichés 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 neighboring village to loving the prettiest girl in town but lacking the courage to tell her.
Previous 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), Villains? (2002), The Cure (2006). That Takes The Biscuit – 23 Assorted Tracks by The Saw Doctors (2008)