"The Saw Doctors" are a folk-rock band from Tuam, County Galway in the west of Ireland. They take their name from that of itinerant craftsmen who once traveled from sawmill to sawmill sharpening and repairing saws.
Leo Moran and Davy Carton have been the only constant presences in the band's ever-shifting lineup. Other notable Saw Doctors over the years have included bass player Pearse Doherty (1988-2002), drummer John Donnelly (1989-2000), keyboard and accordion player Tony Lambert (1991-93), keyboard player Derek Murray (1994-2005), and drummer Jim Higgins (2001-2004). Davy Carton's son David, guitarist with local punk trio Gurt, has occasionally filled in on bass guitar.
The present incarnation of the band comprises Davy Carton, Leo Moran, keyboard player Kevin Duffy, bass and saxophone player Anthony Thistlethwaite (formerly of The Waterboys), and drummer Fran Breen (who has played with The Waterboys, Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams, and others).
In 1987, the band got a six-week residency at the Quays Bar in Galway. Its big break came when The Waterboys, who were then recording their Fisherman's Blues album in nearby Spiddal, attended their show. Duly ...