Popular Irish band The Saw Doctors celebrated their 30th anniversary of touring the UK with a “special” and “emotional” night in London in front of a sold-out crowd.
the capital bag turns blue in the evening when the band returns to play there for the first time in five years.
The Saw Doctors were greeted on the packed Brixton Academy stage by their countless loyal fans who had previously enjoyed Irish singer Damien Dempsey’s performance.
On a night when England fans were watching their team play the USA at the World Cup, the majority of Irish in London seemed to have filled a small corner of the city to host a night of music from home.
The crowd cheered as The Saw Doctors opened with Green And Red Of Mayo before playing hits including Tommy K and Clare Island.
Leo Moran, lead guitarist and one of the band’s founders, said: “This is a special night, thank you so much.
“It was emotional.”
The two-hour show features 27 songs including a seven-song encore.
The loudest cheers of the night were devoted to the band’s most famous hits I Useta Lover and N17.
The group, which included comedian Peter Kay among their fans, performed a series of their greatest hits to an applauding crowd.
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Kay, who is of Irish descent, traveled to Dublin in 2010 to help the band release one of their albums, and told those gathered that night that he and his family had been “crazy fans” heat for many years”.
Friday night’s performance ended with an emotional rendition of I Hope You Meet Again, followed by a chorus by The Beatles’ Hey Jude.
Moran said to the crowd at one point: “This collective singing is good for the soul, isn’t it?”
The Saw Doctors, founded in Galway in 1986, will have shows in Manchester and Glasgow next month.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/the-saw-doctors-celebrate-30-years-of-touring-uk-on-emotional-night-in-london-42175003.html The Saw Doctors celebrates 30 years of UK tour with ’emotional’ night in London