Saw Doctors’ Silver Jubilee
By David Hennessy
Just like this publication did recently, The Saw Doctors are celebrating 25 years in business and doing so with another ‘best of’ compilation called 2525. The Irish World caught up with Leo Moran, guitarist with the band as he reflected on a quarter of a century in one of Ireland’s best loved bands.
Is he delighted about the new release? “When you get older you don’t tend to get as excited about things but it’s nice. It’s kind of an alternative collection. This is our second ‘best of’ and I like the selection, there would be more of these that I would have chosen rather than the obvious ones on the first one.”
Can he believe how long it has been? “It sounds like somebody else’s life. We’ve been very lucky. The reason you start playing music is because you love other people’s music and to become a part of that community was a great privilege and it still is. It’s a lovely lifestyle, going to all these different places, have loads of enthusiastic followers coming to see us all the time. The time flies.”
So much has changed in 25 years: The punt became the euro, we started talking in kilometres rather than miles, the five nations became the six nations, back then Republic of Ireland were half decent at soccer. Has Leo reflected on all this change since they began? “Things were very different then, yeah. It’s a long time now since we did our first tour with The Waterboys and it has changed an awful lot alright but you have to expect that. My Dad is 93 and he comments less on how things have changed than we do. It’s amazing even as you get older, you can be open minded about things. It’s a good healthy attitude and I try to take that one off him.”
Have there been moments to cause Leo think that enough is enough and walk away? “Very seldom but I think you would have to ask yourself just to test yourself: ‘Do I really want to do it?’ The answer is always yes. There’s lovely aspects to it: Playing gigs is wonderful, the travelling is lovely, meeting all the different people is great and then the big satisfaction is coming up with songs and recording them. I suppose that’s why you start doing the thing in the first place.
“Any team game you play there’s always things that go a little bit wrong. Everything can’t go right but I think if you love your job, the things that go wrong are never disastrous, they’re just things you have to deal with and you don’t mind dealing with them. I think it’s a different thing if you don’t love what you’re doing.”
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