Artists: Saw Doctors
Venue: Holmfirth Picturedrome
Review by: Barry Gibson
JUDGING by the touts selling tickets outside the Picturedrome, the Saw Doctors can still pull a crowd.
The Holmfirth venue was packed to the rafters for the gig by the Irish band, who are still going strong after nearly a quarter of the century.
And they can still bash out a tune, running through some old favourites like Tommy K and the Green and Red of Mayo.
But, unlike some other bands in their third decade together, the Saw Doctors don’t rest on their laurels.
They perform a couple of new songs – As The Light Fades and An Indian Summer, a song about a drunken festival in Co Clare last year.
Like many Saw Doctors tunes, it combines their two great loves – alcohol and the West of Ireland.
The spirited performance is appreciated by the large crowd in the Picturedrome – especially the middle-aged man dressed as the Pope dancing on his friend’s shoulders.
The band come out for a long encore, including a rip-roaring performance of N17 – probably the greatest song ever written about a trunk road.
Fair play to the Saw Doctors for having such energy for live performances after so many years on the road.