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It's Miller Time: Just what the Docs' ordered; IT'S SAW GOOD TO BE BACK.

Byline: Wendy Miller

THEY'RE Ireland's biggest exports after U2 and Guinness but the Saw Doctors admit they still feel like adopted Scots.

The band are back in Scotland this weekend to promote their fifth album, Villains, and for lead singer Davy Carton it will feel like a real homecoming.

He explained: "Scottish fans are the best in the world. We've been touring for well over a decade now and I still remember the first time we played Glasgow Barrowlands.

"We were relatively unknown then. But for some reason Scots fans just went wild.

"It was the Barrowlands in particular. There's something magical about it. It's the same every time we play there and that's why we keep coming back."

The Dox are at Corran Halls in Oban tonight before heading for their spiritual home at the Barrowlands on Saturday.

The band have come a long way since they first got together in the tiny Galway town of Tuam 13 years ago.

At the time, Davy was with punk band Blaze X while guitarist and songwriter Leo Moran was involved with an Irish reggae band called Too Much For The White Man.

For a time the Saw Doctors were small-time musicians, happy to be making an honest buck, let alone a hit record.

But instant success came when they were discovered by Mike Scott of the Waterboys. After securing a support slot with Mike's band, word quickly began to spread about their ability to inject a certain fun and freshness into Irish music.

By 1989 the Dox had scored a No.1 hit back home with the touching I Useta Lover.

Davy reflects: "That was a really memorable time. It was very exciting to have such a big hit.

"But we are not the type of guys who go all out for commercial success all the time.

"We just make music that we like and cross our fingers that the fans will like it too.

"However, it's always nice to have a hit and we hope people will tune in to our latest album."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2001
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