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Saw Doctors

By: Kellie K. Speed

Saw Doctors The Irish rock band, The Saw Doctors, are back in the US on tour with their first appearance this year at the Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

The eight-member crew will be playing at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset on August 17 and the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis on August 19. From there, they will visit Vermont, New Jersey and New York before ending their three-week tour at the Irish Summerfest in Cleveland, Ohio.

The band adopted the name “Saw Doctors,” which are travelers who earned money by sharpening saws in Ireland. They liked the name but thought it would be just temporary until they found one they liked better. The leader of the popular Irish band, The Waterboys, asked them to support his band while on tour in the UK. Shortly after, the Saw Doctors’ single “I Useta Lover” became the #1 song in Ireland for nine weeks, making it the country’s biggest selling single of all time.

The Saw Doctors’ nationalistic approach to songwriting discusses the plight of Ireland’s unmarried mothers, joining the army, life on the road and drug addictions.

They have since received an award for Best New Band at the Irish Entertainment Awards. Last year, the band spent most of the year writing and recording their fifth album, Villains, which will be released next month.

For tickets or more information on their tour, call Ticketmaster at 617-931-2000.

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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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