Saw Doctors to play second Big Top gig due to phenomenal demand!

galway daily news saw doctors gig tuam august 2023

The Saw Doctors will play a second concert at the Heineken Big Top at Galway International Arts Festival this summer due to phenomenal demand.   

The first concert sold out in record time, but GIAF and Róisín Dubh have announced that fans tickets will another have a chance to get tickets for the new date on July 29. 

Tickets for The Saw Doctors go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 11 April from and

It is the third concert announced by the Saw Doctors in Galway for this summer, with the band set to in their hometown of Tuam a few weeks later on 19 August for the first time in three decades.

The Saw Doctors last performed at the GIAF in 2004 in a double-bill with The Undertones at the Warwick Hotel.

The band was discovered by Mike Scott of The Waterboys on a stormy Tuesday night in Galway in the 1980s, plying their trade with more gumption than virtuosity in the back room of The Quays Bar.

Scott offered them the support slot on The Waterboy’s Irish Tour to launch the ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ album in 1988 and they went on to support The Waterboys on their six-week tour of Great Britain in Spring 1989.

Their first single, N17, was written by the band’s singer Davy Carton and guitarist Leo Moran.

Their second release I Useta Lover entered the Irish single charts at No. 27, from where it slowly climbed, taking seven weeks to reach Number One and remaining on top for the following nine weeks.

Galway International Arts Festival acknowledged the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland; its Drinks Partner Heineken; and Education Partner University of Galway.