Gig Preview: The Saw Doctors at The Mandela Hall, Belfast (Friday 23rd November 2012)

The Saw Doctors, who have recently returned from a six week Coast to Coast Tour of the US  and Canada, which included sellout concerts in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, will play Belfast’s Mandela Hall on Friday 23rd November.

 Last December, The Saw Doctors had a runaway Irish hit with their cover of Petula Clark’s classic pop single, Downtown, topping the Irish iTunes Chart and reaching Number Two in the official Irish Christmas Chart, beaten only by X Factor’s Little Mix. Petula Clark joined the Galway band in a London studio to re-record Downtown and performed with The Saw Doctors on the Downtown video which to date has been seen by 150,000 viewers on YouTube

After winning the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, The Saw Doctors rocketed to Number One in Ireland with their rambunctious cover of The Sugababes “About You Now”, restoring them to their rightful place as Ireland’s best-loved good-time band.  In October 2009, Universal Music released the bands Best Of collection “To Win Just Once..The Best of The Saw Doctors” which went on to achieve Platinum status in Ireland.  The Saw Doctors have achieved eighteen Top 30 Singles and four Number One hits since their formation in 1986.

Over the past two Summers, The Saw Doctors have played all the major music festivals including Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park in Scotland, the London Feis at Finsbury Park, Oxegen and the Port Fairy Festival in Australia.  The Age newspaper in Melbourne wrote that “The Saw Doctors were the most popular act at the Port Fairy Festival with their infectious songs about love, soccer and small town life”.

 The Saw Doctors lineup includes former Waterboy Anthony Thistlethwaite on Bass Guitar and Saxophone, new drummer Rickie O’Neill, Kevin Duffy on Keyboards as well as founder members Davy Carton on Vocals and Leo Moran on Guitars.

 One of the Great Live Bands” Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2

 The Saw Doctors sing earnest folk-rocking anthems of small-town life” John Pareles, The New York Times

 “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” Paul Sexton, The Times

 Tickets for The Saw Doctors at The Mandela Hall on Friday 23rd  November 2012 go on sale on Friday 21st September at 9am. / /


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