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They Saw They Conquered
Head Saw Doctor Leo Moran shoots the breeze on 20 years of Rock'N'Roll madness
Olaf Tyaransen, 02 Nov 2010
“I’m not sure how many acts would have a No. 1 and a No. 2 consecutively, and neither of them makes the playlist. That makes me wonder. Like, we went to Australia in March and obviously an awful lot of our audience in Australia would have been Irish, but we played at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, which would have been very minority Irish. And we got an amazing review, and the Melbourne Age gave us this review and said that we were the most popular act at the festival – there was about 130 acts at the festival, I think.
“By contrast, this time last year we played at Cois Fharraige and we played the Saturday night – we headlined the Saturday night – we had the biggest crowd of the weekend, and I read two full reviews of the festival on the internet, and both of them mentioned every act played at the festival except the headliner on Saturday night. So I don’t know. Maybe we should come out ringing bells, saying, ‘Are we unclean? Unclean!’”
Do bad reviews bother you?
“Nah, I love bad reviews. It’s being ignored that bothers me. If somebody doesn’t like us, I’d love for them to say why. You know, I might even agree with them. And I know there’s ways that the act should be improved, I’m not going to say them in public, but if they hit that on the head I’d say fair play to them. I know there’s weaknesses, you know. But if they just think it’s bad because it’s the West of Ireland that’s a problem. If they think they are bad songs, or they are badly played, or they are badly sang or whatever – grand.”
Have you ever been hurt by anything negative written about you?
“Not really, no, because I know people who don’t like Bob Dylan. They think he’s a crap singer and he’s not a great songwriter, so there’s no way… you know, if somebody’s that good, it doesn’t bother me that people don’t like The Saw Doctors. What’s important to us is the people that do get it, and they enjoy it.”
We’re meeting ostensibly to discuss the band’s first album in five years. With new drummer, co-writer, and vocalist Eimhin Cradock completing the current line-up of Davy Carton (the only other founding member), Kevin Duffy and Anthony Thistlethwaite, The Further Adventures Of... heralds The Saw Doctors’ defiant take on the Irish music scene (“celebrating the parts of real Ireland that most other bands don’t reach,” according to our own Jackie Hayden’s four-star review).