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Saw Doctors hit The States
But first they have two Olympia dates to take care of.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 27 Jan 2012
This weekend offers your last two chances to catch The Saw Doctors on Irish shores for quite some time. The venerated Galway rockers will be belting out the classics in Dublin's Olympia Theatre tonight and Saturday night (Jan 27-28) before hopping across the Atlantic in February. You might even catch a few last minute tickets here if you're lucky.
After that, they have their sights set on the US, and what manager Ollie Jennings calls "the biggest tour of the States that we've ever undertaken."
Hot Press caught up with The Saw Doctors' manager ahead of that American slog, which will last for six weeks and include 29 shows. The extended sojourn, according to Jennings, is due to a change of agency.
"This year is our 21st consecutive year to tour in America," Jennings say "Traditionally, we've only done three weeks at a stretch. We were with a small agency in New Jersey but by mutual arrangement, we've changed. There was no bad blood, they'd been very good to us. We just felt that they weren't getting us the kind of festivals we wanted or extending our reach. So we moved to a bigger West Coast agency called APA and got introduced to an English guy called Keith Naisbit. He took a big shine to The Saw Doctors and said to us, 'I can make things happen here, I can sell you at the places you haven't been.' So we thought we'd see how he goes. He asked us to move the three weeks to four weeks. We said 'ok'. He came back to us and said, 'I've so many shows… can you move it to six weeks?'"
It's a big commitment for a group of seasoned musicians all with personal lives to lead but, by the same token, a nice problem to have.
"It's a bit of a drag for us because we're not teenagers," Jennings admits. "We've families and it's a long time to be away. Some people have young children. But we're all set now to start in Florida."
The group kick things off in the Sunshine State on February 22 and by the time they wrap up in LA on April 1, they will have played many towns for the first time. "We haven't played Florida before and we're doing four shows. A lot of people seem to have resettled down there because of the good weather. We're doing our first show in Canada for ten years and we're playing places like Iowa that we've never been to."