IF that was rock ‘n’ roll, The Saw Doctors don’t need their old job back, after a cracking two hours of entertainment from Leo Moran, Davy Carton, Anthony Thistlethwaite and the band.
The Docs, playing The Palace Theatre in Bridgwater on Tuesday for the second time in three years, went through a repertoire of favourites old and new, with the likes of Macnas Parade, Galway and Mayo and Clare Island to Hazard, Train and Downtown.
As this was the 30th time I have seen the band live, I should know what to expect, but this time I had the pleasant surprise of seeing and hearing Lindsey Cleary on backing vocals, giving the band a little extra, especially in Downtown and Mercy Gates.
Lindsey is a welcome addition to the band and the gig. Clare Island, always a favourite of cult followers of the band, was for me the highlight of the evening.
The sax solo by Thistlethwaite had so much power and passion – it was greeted with a massive roar of approval, which it deserved.
World of Good finished the main set and the encore duly followed, including Why Do I Always Want You, N17 and Hay Wrap. After 25 years they are still going strong.
I, along with everyone there on Tuesday, hope they visit The Palace again next year. I just hope Leo decides to wear something less shocking than his red trousers next time.