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Veteran Irish Rockers Reveling In Long Career

Of the Oakland Press

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The Saw Doctors received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Meteor Irish Music Awards, which frontman Leo Moran says was nothing but a welcome honor.

“It gives you confidence. It’s definitely very satisfying,” says Moran, 43, who cofounded the group in 1986 with guitarist Davy Carton in the Irish west coast town of Tuam.

“Very often in Ireland, the media is very east coast-driven. Most of the journalism is urban-based and we tend to be a bit rural. We’re not the favorite sons of the urban media, so for us to get an award and mainstream recognition from the mainstream industry in Ireland for what we’ve been doing is a great satisfaction for us. We’re delighted people notice.”

Then again, the Saw Doctors do have the top-selling Irish single of all time, 1999’s “I Useta Love Her.”

Now, however, Moran, Carton and company are focusing on their next album — the follow up to “The Cure” in 2006. With a rarities collection, “That Takes the Biscuit,” filling time, the group has already done one songwriting session that Moran confesses was “lovely. We didn’t write a lot of songs, but we did get a start” — including one new tune, “Who’s the Lucky Boy?,” that the group is playing live.

Moran says the group is keeping its schedule as free as possible in order to focus on the album, which it may possibly record in the United States.

“We’ve done so many tours here now (that) we have a few dollars in the bank,” Moran explains. “They don’t translate as well if you carry them across the Atlantic, so it might be a bit of an adventure to try it here — something new after all these years, at least.”

The Saw Doctors perform Sunday (March 9) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 and $20. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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