31
Fri, Mar
32 New Articles

The boys were back in town

Going Out

 

REVIEW The Sawdoctors

Darragh Berry

As I headed to the Saw Doctors’ sold-out concert in Westport on Wednesday last, March 8,  questions rushed through my head: Would they still have it? How would Davy’s voice sound after his operation? And how would the famous Tuam duo and their band get the audience to sing and dance in the small, seated arena of Westport Town Hall Theatre.
All of my questions were answered soon after the band’s arrival on stage. The Saw Doctors have plenty of ammunition in their back catalogue. They knew their audience, and once the two-chord progression opener of the ‘Green and Red of Mayo’ hit the speakers, the first bullet struck the  town hall auditorium. A louder cheer I thought I would not hear, but when the song ended, Leo Moran announced proudly, “That was our first song performance of 2017” – which was met with an explosion of claps and whistles from the now standing crowd.
Two hours, 25 brilliant songs. No break, just effortlessly switching to the next song with some chat in between. From the dancing ‘Tommy K’ to the chorus-bursting ‘To Win Just Once’ to the song that started it all off, ‘I Useta Love Her’, they had the town hall rocking like Michael D in the Dáil.
If you were hesitant about getting vocal, Leo had some advice for you that he had learned at a Snoop Dogg concert – “Put your mother****ing hands up/ Say my name – Saw Doctors!”
The Saw Doctors thought they were finished with ‘On My Way’, but they weren’t getting away that easy. After all, it was 27 years since their last gig in the town hall, which has since been radically revamped. ‘Stand up for The Saw Doctors’ echoed around theatre for a minute after the band had dropped tools before they re-emerged for an encore.
Their next song, ‘What A Day’, summed up the occasion. Another memorable day was remembered when the All-Ireland intermediate cup was brought out on stage with a Westport flag, to which the crowd were treated to a quick version of ‘We Are The Champions’ by Queen.
“Not since Garth brooks sold out in 18 seconds did tickets sell so fast. That’s all down to Fr Charlie McDonnell,” the audience were told. The local priest wasn’t the only person to get a hat tip; they also thanked Pat Dunning for his hospitality earlier on that day.
New additions Kieran Duddy on keyboards and Will Merrigan on bass added something new to the band in some lovely backing vocals, with Duddy also trying his hand at the accordion and tin whistle. While Anthony Thistlethwaite’s sax skills and the drumming of Claremorris gent Rickie O’Neill were flawless as always, showing the depth of the band.
They wrapped it up with ‘Hay Wrap’, and while they were asking us “Will Galway bate Mayo?” I was asking myself “Does anything bate a Saw Doctors concert?”

As I headed to the Saw Doctors’ sold-out concert in Westport on Wednesday last, March 8,  questions rushed through my head: Would they still have it? How would Davy’s voice sound after his operation? And how would the famous Tuam duo and their band get the audience to sing and dance in the small, seated arena of Westport Town Hall Theatre.
All of my questions were answered soon after the band’s arrival on stage. The Saw Doctors have plenty of ammunition in their back catalogue. They knew their audience, and once the two-chord progression opener of the ‘Green and Red of Mayo’ hit the speakers, the first bullet struck the  town hall auditorium. A louder cheer I thought I would not hear, but when the song ended, Leo Moran announced proudly, “That was our first song performance of 2017” – which was met with an explosion of claps and whistles from the now standing crowd.
Two hours, 25 brilliant songs. No break, just effortlessly switching to the next song with some chat in between. From the dancing ‘Tommy K’ to the chorus-bursting ‘To Win Just Once’ to the song that started it all off, ‘I Useta Love Her’, they had the town hall rocking like Michael D in the Dáil.
If you were hesitant about getting vocal, Leo had some advice for you that he had learned at a Snoop Dogg concert – “Put your mother****ing hands up/ Say my name – Saw Doctors!”
The Saw Doctors thought they were finished with ‘On My Way’, but they weren’t getting away that easy. After all, it was 27 years since their last gig in the town hall, which has since been radically revamped. ‘Stand up for The Saw Doctors’ echoed around theatre for a minute after the band had dropped tools before they re-emerged for an encore.
Their next song, ‘What A Day’, summed up the occasion. Another memorable day was remembered when the All-Ireland intermediate cup was brought out on stage with a Westport flag, to which the crowd were treated to a quick version of ‘We Are The Champions’ by Queen.
“Not since Garth brooks sold out in 18 seconds did tickets sell so fast. That’s all down to Fr Charlie McDonnell,” the audience were told. The local priest wasn’t the only person to get a hat tip; they also thanked Pat Dunning for his hospitality earlier on that day.
New additions Kieran Duddy on keyboards and Will Merrigan on bass added something new to the band in some lovely backing vocals, with Duddy also trying his hand at the accordion and tin whistle. While Anthony Thistlethwaite’s sax skills and the drumming of Claremorris gent Rickie O’Neill were flawless as always, showing the depth of the band.
They wrapped it up with ‘Hay Wrap’, and while they were asking us “Will Galway bate Mayo?” I was asking myself “Does anything bate a Saw Doctors concert?”

Digital Edition