The Saw Doctors are a folk-rock band from Tuam, County Galway in the west of Ireland, named after the itinerant craftsmen who once traveled from sawmill to sawmill sharpening and repairing saws. A true "people's band," the Saw Doctors have a fervent following, especially in Ireland and among Irish-Americans in the United States, and hold the record for Ireland's biggest-selling single of all time ("I Useta Lover").
The Saw Doctors began in 1986 when Leo Moran, a former member of defunct Tuam reggae outfit Too Much for the White Man, started accompanying local vocalist Mary O'Connor on guitar. Moran soon recruited Davy Carton, formerly a songwriter and guitarist with short-lived Tuam punk band Blaze X, and the trio started playing small gigs in local venues such as Tuam's Imperial Hotel. O'Connor left the fledgling Saw Doctors the following year to emigrate to London; Carton and Moran added other musicians and carried on with the band.
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