Thursday 15 November 2012


CD Review

25th Anniversary Tour

I first encountered The Saw Doctors in the early 1990s through a TV documentary which took its title from one of their early hits Sing A Powerful Song and that seems long enough, but the Galway gang is celebrating 25 years of touring and creating great, down to earth songs which connect with ordinary people and ordinary lives.

The band have produced another best of album appropriately called 2525 which revisits many of their old favourites and in some cases puts a new slant on them.
Starting in Belfast on November 23 the Docs tour kicks off in the Mandela hall and covers the length and breadth of the UK from Edinburgh on November 30 to Southampton on December 12 and of course more importantly for me and my fellow Midlanders they will be blasting the windows out of the Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton on December 9, for full details of the tour visit

Some of the highlights on the album, which is really part two of their best of collection, include their most recent big chart hit Downtown with the original hit maker Petula Clark. 
There is an a capella version of Red Cortina and live versions of I'll Be On My Way and I Useta Lover both recorded in their home county of Galway.
Many of  the favourites are there too including an original recording of their unofficial signature tune N17 along with Galway and Mayo, Bless Me Father, Share The Darkness and Tommy K.
If you download the itunes version there is the added bonus of a 17 minute commentary with Leo Moran and Davy Carton explaining some of the inspirations behind many of their most famous and best loved hits.
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