Saw Doctors return to play the Royal Theatre Castlebar for their summer show

The Saw Doctors love Castlebar and Castlebar definitely loves the Saw Doctors!!! The last Friday in July welcomes back the Saw Doctors to the stage for their summer show. When the Saw Doctors take to the stage the whole theatre turns on its head and everyone knows every word to every song for the whole two hour show!!!

This summer the Saw Doctors are supported by Joe Fury and The Hayride, a band that are based on the Galway-Mayo border. The Hayride are a high energy live performance band who play a combination of styles that range through rockabilly, swamp, blues, bluegrass, and vintage country, and certainly mesh well with the boys.

Back in the early nineties, The Saw Doctors were number one in Ireland with ”Hay Wrap”, “N17”, and “I Useta Lover”, which still holds the record for the biggest selling Irish single.  The band’s first album, If This Is Rock & Roll, I Want My Old Job Back was number one in Ireland for most of 1991.  

The Saw Doctors were discovered in the back room of the Quays Pub in Galway in 1988 by Mike Scott of The Waterboys who was recording The Fisherman’s Blues album in nearby Spiddal. Mike Scott asked The Saw Doctors to open for The Waterboys on the Fisherman's Blues tour of the UK and Ireland in the autumn of 1988 and produced their first single, “N17”.

After posting a second number one album All The Way From Tuam, The Saw Doctors set about touring the UK, and in February 1996 the band's third album Same Oul' Town went to number six in the UK Top 20,  yielding two top 20 UK singles, “World of Good”, and “To Win Just Once”.  The Saw Doctors appeared on BBC's Top of the Pops in January and July 1996 to promote the two singles.

Songs From Sun Street, the Saw Doctors’ fourth album was released on both sides of the Atlantic in 1998.  The album release was celebrated in the UK with a sell out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In America the Saw Doctors headlined the American Fleadh concerts with Van Morrisson and Sinead O'Connor. At the Fleadh Festival in San Jose (June 99 ), they had the crowd “jumping like human pogo-sticks” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Saw Doctors are powered by the songwriting partnership of Leo Moran (guitar ) and Davy Carton (vocals ).  Their songs range 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. “From country to punk to pop and rock'n'roll,”  explains Leo Moran on their success,  “we stole all our favourite bits.”

Tickets are available from €25 on as well as from The Royal Box Office on 0818 300 000. For further information check The Royal Theatre & Event Centre website on: or


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