They may have had their diesel stolen the last time they were in Drumlish, but the boys from Tuam, County Galway, aren’t letting that deter them. On Friday, August 17, the Saw Doctors will return to the Marquee in Drumlish and such is their pride in Longford that they are marking the occasion with the release of the new single, ‘I Hope You Meet Again’.
“There’s a great audience for music up that way. Brilliant energy altogether,” said Leo Moran (47), one of the founder members of the legendary Irish rock band. At Christmas the group played a one-night-only gig at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule.
“That was a great night. It was a small venue but it was packed. We really enjoyed it,” said the singer / songwriter.
He added: “The Marquee was amazing though. The audience were really up for it and we were very very impressed.”
Last year the Saw Doctors took to the stage in the Marquee only to find that diesel had been stolen from the generator.
“It caused a delay on the sound-check alright. We’re going to have to tighten up on our diesel security this year,” laughed Leo.
Commenting on the fact that Longford is facing an influx of international Saw Doctors fans due to the band’s glowing report of the venue online, Leo said: “We give descriptions of the venues that we go to on our website. So that may be a reason they are coming to the Marquee. We have loyal fans in the UK and the US and to be honest, they are only looking for an excuse to come to Ireland.”
Discovered by The Waterboys in the late 1980s, the Saw Doctors have achieved 18 top 30 singles to date in Ireland and three number ones with ‘I Useta Love Her’ (1990), ‘N17’ (release 1990) and ‘If This Is Rock And Roll, I Want My Old Job Back’ (1991).
This year’s gig at the Marquee will also mark a special occasion for the Saw Doctors, who originally came together in 1986. Friday, August 17, will mark the international release of the band’s latest single, ‘I Hope You Meet Again’.
Although written about the passing of his brother Frank in 1963, Leo is quick to point out that the ballad may mean something different to each person.
“We are delighted with it. It’s deliberately fashioned to mean something different to different people,” he said.
The single’s release date follows hot on the heels of the band’s ‘For One Night Only’ appearance with Gay Byrne. Tonight (Friday, August 10) founders Leo Moran and Davy Carton will open up to the renowned Irish broadcaster on RTE1 at 9.30pm.
Speaking to the Leader from the Chelsea FC Grounds at Stamford Bridge, London, Leo said: “We’re playing here the next two nights for the Irish Village at the Olympics. It’s been a busy summer alright – but when we’re not playing we’re at home gardening and putting out the bins.”
The Saw Doctors legendary music career was acknowledged in 2008 at the Meteor Irish Music Awards when the band received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tickets for the Marquee in Drumlish on the Friday night (August 17) are priced at €22 and include the Saw Doctors and DJ Fergal D’Arcy. To purchase, contact the Music Centre, Longford on 043-3346579 (11.30am – 6pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org