Following the sell out success of The Saw Doctors 20th Anniversary Concert in Salthill Park, on Saturday July 26th, Fáilte Salthill have confirmed that The Saw Doctors will play a second concert in the Melody Tent, a 3,000 capacity Big Top Marquee, in Salthill Park, Galway, on Sunday July 27th.
The Saw Doctors hope to film and record the two Salthill concerts on July 26 and 27 for a 20th Anniversary Concert DVD and live album, which Shamtown Records will release in December.
"We're absolutely delighted with the success of the 20th Anniversary Concert in Salthill Park on Saturday July 26" said Band Manager, Ollie Jennings. "It's amazing to have sold 3,000 Saw Doctors tickets in the past week for the Salthill Park concert on July 26".
Special guests at the two Salthill Park concerts on July 26 and 27 will include former band members who have played with The Saw Doctors over the past 20 years including Pearse Doherty and John Turps Burke. It was back in 1988 that Mike Scott of The Waterboys discovered The Saw Doctors in the back room of The Quays Pub in Galway and asked the young Tuam band to accompany The Waterboys around Ireland as the support act on the Fisherman's Blues Tour in 1988.
"The Saw Doctors are looking forward to a great night's music in the Melody Tent on July 26" said band guitarist Leo Moran. "Salthill Park has a long tradition of staging musical events going back to the old Hanger Ballroom. In the mid-eighties, I had a great day at a 2FM 'Lark in the Park' in Salthill featuring The Waterboys and Too Much For The White Man".
The Saw Doctors, who won a Meteors Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, have lined up a very busy Summer schedule with Festival appearances at Oxegen on July 11, The Celtic Hebridean Festival in Scotland on July 18, and the Rhythm Festival in Bedfordshire, UK on August 30.
On August 6, The Saw Doctors will set off on a three week USA tour that includes an outdoor concert in New York City, on Governor's Island, just off the Southern Tip of Manhattan, on August 23. The GICS is a groundbreaking event: one of the first-ever large-scale performance events to take place on historic Governors Island.
“…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
“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.”
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
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