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About The Saw Doctors
The '90s witnessed The Saw Doctors emerge as the most successful Irish rock band since U2. The Washington Post referred to the Saw Doctors as "one of the world's most appealing roots-rock outfits."
The Saw Doctors had their initial success with their second single, I Useta Love Her, which became the biggest-selling single in Irish history and spent nine weeks at the top of the Irish charts. Following its success, the Saw Doctors' first single, N17, too became a number one hit. The Saw Doctors' debut album, If This Is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back, released in 1991, also reached the top slot on the Irish charts.
Same Oul' Town, the Saw Doctors' third album, was released in 1996 and fared well reaching number six on the British charts.
The 123Fours join The Saw Doctors at the Olympia
The 123Fours is a punk rock band from Ireland. It features three comedians Colin Murphy (guitar), John Colleary (guitar and vocals) and Dermot Whelan (drums) and comedy promoter and ex-Moondog, Jackie Hamilton (bass and vocals). Comedian, Colin Murphy, got an electric guitar for his 40th birthday. Like all sensible men in the throes of a midlife crisis, he said a sentence much feared by wives all over the world: "I should form a band!" That he did.
He called the only other people he knew who would have time to do things they should have done when they were twelve - other comedians. John Colleary (The Savage Eye) and Dermot Whelan (Republic of Telly ) joined the band after little persuasion. Then Colin realised the band was missing something. A musician. So he called on his old pal, Jackie Hamilton. Jackie worked for the BBC in Belfast but, more importantly, he had been in a real band from Derry called The Moondogs. A real punk band that had recorded real John Peel sessions.
So the 123Fours was born and Colin immediately set about using his forgotten art degree to design band logos no-one would ever see. The 123Fours made their debut at the Portlaois Comedy Festival in 2009 and, ever since, have been banging out the hits of the Ramones, The Undertones, The Clash and any other great bands that start their songs with, "One, two, three, four...!"
The Saw Doctors - The Missing Years...
In March 2016 founding members Davy Carton and Leo Moran decided to regroup the full Saw Doctors band after a three year sabbatical from live gigs and touring – the last concert that Saw Doctors played was in Madison Wisconsin at the end of a month long US Tour in March 2013.
During the last three years the various members of The Saw Doctors have been involved in different side projects - Guitarist Leo Moran and Waterboy founder Anthony Thistlethwaite have recorded a trilogy of acoustic albums - Flyin' It!, Pushin' It! and Shovin' It!. Drummer Rickie O'Neill retrained as an actor and last Summer played a starring
role in 'Once the Musical' in Dublin' Olympia Theatre.
Two weeks ago The Saw Doctors announced their comeback UK Tour - fifteen shows in England, Scotland and Wales in late November and through December including multiple
concert dates in London at Shepherd's Bush Empire and in Glasgow at 02 Academy - on the first day of sales for their Saw Doctors UK comeback tour, promoter SJM Concerts shifted over 10,000 tickets.
The Saw Doctors songwriting team, Davy Carton and Leo Moran, have just returned from a three week US Tour as an acoustic duo - the two musicians road tested some new songs that they have written in Tuam since January. Davy and Leo will record a new Saw Doctors Album this Summer, ahead of the Galway bands comeback shows in November and December in Ireland and the UK.
The Saw Doctors have recently licensed their Greatest Hits Collection, 'To Win Just Once...The Best of The Saw Doctors', to Universal Records. The title track 'To Win Just Once' was picked up last year by the Wisconsin State Lottery for a major US TV campaign to promote their Mega Millions Draw.