This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Sawdoctors December 8, 2012Posted by irishelectionliterature in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
The reopening of the abortion debate got me listening again to the Sawdoctors song ‘Every Day’ and whilst they are not everyones cup of tea, they are a band that I’m fairly fond of. I first saw them in the late 80s supporting The Waterboys in the long gone ‘Top Hat’ in Dun Laogaire / Monkstown. They had a drummer (Padraig Stevens) who juggled and were just great fun. I’ve seen them countless times since at their own gigs and at various festivals and they are an excellent live act.
Yes they sang ‘I Used To Love Her’ but that aside they have some brilliant evocative songs. Anyone who was in Croke Park for the All Ireland Semi Final when Mayo toppled Dublin will vouch for the power of “The Green and Red of Mayo’ as it was played over the PA in the aftermath of the game. Tears rolling down Mayo cheeks as they celebrated victory whilst singing of Mayos “soft and craggy bogland, It’s tall majestic hills , Where the ocean kisses Ireland and And the waves carress it’s shore …”
What I like about them too is writing about the ordinary, the commonplace and indeed places themselves.