The Saw Doctors in London: A celebration of Their Rich History

Live Review

The Saw Doctors. Photo by Paul Clampin.
By Paul Clampin, Rock At Night London
Live Review: The Saw Doctors – Eventim Apollo, London-November 23, 2023
The Saw Doctors. Photo by Paul Clampin.

On a chilly November evening, the iconic Eventim Apollo in London was transformed into a wave of energy as the legendary rock band The Saw Doctors took to the stage.  The band, formed  in 1986 , has had a number of number 1 singles in Ireland and it’s hard to believe they hadn’t played this venue before.

As the opening chords of “World of Good” rang out, the atmosphere erupted into a frenzy of cheers and sing-alongs. The Saw Doctors, led by the charismatic red jacketed frontman Davy Carton, with Leo Moran’s guitar playing  had an infectious energy that instantly captivated the audience Their music, a blend of traditional Irish  rock melodies, catchy hooks, and witty social observation, is a celebration of life, love, and the human spirit.
The Saw Doctors. Photo by Paul Clampin.

Throughout the night, The Saw Doctors effortlessly navigated through their extensive repertoire, performing hits such as “Tommy K”, “Clare Island”, “Green & Red”  and “N17.  Each song met with thunderous applause and enthusiastic sing-alongs. The band’s infectious energy was contagious, and the entire venue was transformed into a giant Ceili, with fans dancing and singing along to every word. I haven’t seen the venue that packed for years.

The Saw Doctors’ performance was not just about the music; it was also a celebration of their rich history and their deep connection with their fans. Davy Carton’s storytelling between songs was filled with humour, anecdotes, and a genuine love for their audience.
As the night drew to a close, the band closed with their iconic anthems  ” Same Old Town” and “I Useta Lover”,.
The Saw Doctors’ concert at the Eventim Apollo was a night to remember, and their timeless music made for an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on everyone who was lucky enough to be there.
Set list was:
•     World of Good, Exhilarating Sadness, Back to Team, Tommy K, Sing a Powerful Song, F.C.A, Wake Up Sleeping, Share the Darkness, Galway & Mayo, To Win Just Once, Music I Love, Green and Red of Mayo, sound of Sham, Clare Island, I Want You More, ,Macnas Parade, Reds Cortina , I’ll be one My Way, Joyce Country Cellie Band, Never Mind The Strangers, N17, I Useta Lover, Bless Me Father, that’s What She Said last night, Hay Wrap & I hope You Meet Again.