The Saw Doctors' Leo Moran chats to GigsAndTours.....
What are you up to at this
Just in the door home from a
day and night away in Dingle,
County Kerry - a bright and
vibrant town on the South West
What can fans expect to
experience at one of your shows?
A bunch of not-too-hard-on-the-ears
songs, sung in a West
of Ireland accent and
performed with energy to an
enthusiastic and loyally
What is your favourite song to
All the ones that connect with
people are most satisfying; I
particularly love 'Same Oul'
Town' though myself.
When you're not performing
what do you do to keep yourself
busy when you're on tour / on
I live in my birthplace
hometown, Tuam, so I know loads of
people and there's always a
gig to go to or give someone a
hand with, always someone to
go for a drink with, bins to be
put out, the dog to be walked,
spot of fishing, un-approved
development to be
You've played a lot of great
festivals this year, which was the best so far?
We really did have a super
festival Summer of 2012; the highlight was
probably the one we played in
Galway to tens of thousands of people
as part of the closing
shenanigans of the Volvo Ocean Race where the
President of Ireland, Michael
D. Higgins, introduced the band.
What's the best gig you've
That's a difficult one but our
show in Tuam in 1991, our first hometown
show after we'd reached Number
One in the Singles and Album Charts
was most memorable.
Thousands of people gathered in the town for
the festival and the weather
gods gave us the hottest weekend of the
What was the first gig you
ever went to?
The Boomtown Rats in Galway on
New Year's Eve, 1977. My friends.
father, Jimmy McHugh, brought
his three sons and me. A momentous
Will you be playing any new
material or a mixture of your back catalogue?
We're a bit behind with the
new material at the moment I'm afraid to say, but
we have a couple of things
we're working on - we wrote a tribute song to a
big sporting hero friend of
ours in Galway who passed away a few months ago;
Chick Deacy. Chick
played for Galway United and won a European medal
Which other Artists are you
listening to at the moment?
I'm terrible really, haven't
been listening to very much at all lately. I stick the
i-pod on shuffle and let it
Which song do you wish you had
There are so many wonderful
songs out there that touch people in different
ways; it's hard to put
yourself in a position of thinking you could have written
someone else's song.
Anto sang a song in the pub the other night, 'You And
Me, We Had It All' - you hear
a song like that and you think 'I'd love to have
written that but my and the
writer's view would never be exactly the same,
though the sentiment would
Who would you most like to
It'd be obvious to say Bruce
Springsteen or Tom Waits or the like, but music
doesn't work like that; it's
much more personal and you'll find that even the
greats like i mention don't
write their best outside their own scene. I think
I've collaborated with the
most suitable songwriters for me - Davy Carton,
Padraig Stevens, and Paul
Plans for the rest of the
We're off on our annual trip
around the UK from the end of November till nearly
Christmas, taking in some top
of the range venues that are a pleasure and a
privilege to play in, like The
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Glasgow Barrowland,