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The Saw Doctors to headline Wickham Music Festival 2022

The Saw Doctors will celebrate 30 years of touring the UK on August 5th when they play an EXCLUSIVE summer show at Wickham Music Festival.

The Saw Doctors will celebrate thirty years of touring the UK this summer when the Galway band play an exclusive UK festival show at the Wickham Festival in Hampshire on Friday August 5th.

Due to Covid restrictions and other distractions, the Wickham Festival concert will be The Saw Doctors first time to play the UK in five years. Back in 2017, The Saw Doctors sold out a ten date UK tour that included multiple sell out shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush and at Glasgow Barrowland.

“It’s a Blues Brothers’ moment here in The Saw Doctors’ camp” says band guitarist Leo Moran.

“To quote the John Belushi’s character Jake — “ We’re putting the band back together”.

“What a relief it is to go playing live again after two years of Covid”, Leo added.

Last summer The Saw Doctors scored a surprise chart success when the vinyl release of the band’s debut album “If This Is Rock And Roll, I Want My Old Job Back’ landed at No. 3 in the Irish Album charts. The Saw Doctors album, featuring ’N17’, was first released in 1991, going straight to No.1 in the Irish Charts.

Starting out playing in Galway pubs, The Saw Doctors were invited to tour with Mike Scott of The Waterboys, spending six weeks as support on the ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ tour of the UK in 1989. The Saw Doctors went from strength to strength when their second single ‘I Useta Lover’ spent nine weeks at Number One in the charts and went on to become Ireland’s best-selling single of all time, outselling U2 and Sinéad O’Connor.

Davy Carton of The Saw Doctors © Kyran O’Brien

Over the years, The Saw Doctors have built up a reputation as an unmissable live band with sold out tours and many festival appearances, including Glastonbury and the London Fleadh. Famed for their unrelenting energy, a Saw Doctors live show is still performed with as much passion and fervour as their legendary small-town gigs 30 years ago in Ireland.

“If The Saw Doctors could bottle the sort of bonhomie that can make an entire concert hall feel better, they would have the medicine show to end them all”. Paul Sexton, The Times

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    Great news, love those dogs!

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