Label: Shamtown Records - SAWDOC022CD • Format: CD Album, Stereo • Country: Ireland • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
With The Saw Doctors on sabbatical after the hoopla around their 25th anniversary, band members Anthony Thistlewaite and Leo Moran have had itchy feet. While praising the home spun business, he also comments on the bank collapse in Ireland and how the Irish have rallied around one another for support in recent years. Was there something you discovered for yourself in the songs when you pared them down to a bare acoustic level? Anything surprise you? First of all, I had to choose the songs that I could deliver convincingly; ones I could get into and be myself with.
Then I had to figure out how I'd sing them in my own way. I'm not under any illusions about my singing ability so I have to work as best I can with what I have. For it to work you can only do it your very own way. When it came down to it, I found that I was most comfortable presenting the songs in a fairly quiet way. In doing so, the words have taken more of a front seat than they did when the full band's musical arrangements were competing. It's kind of like skeletal versions. While this didn't surprise me so much, I think it's something that interests the audience and allows them to hear all the words and more easily visualize the images.
The reaction that I saw in Asbury was great—like playing in front of old friends. What has the acoustic tour been like for you? The acoustic tour has been, and is, a whole new experience for myself and Anthony. It certainly is Love U More 2002 - DJ Цветкофф* + PPK + Triplex - MP3 (3В1) playing in front of old Mrs.
Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel, Dave Grusin - The Graduate (Original Soundtrack). We get to meet everyone - twice. In Credit Union - Leo & Anto - Pushin´It!
, you'd do well to come to a show and avoid meeting us. It's been a big challenge for us to devise a show that works but we're delighted with the reaction we've been getting.
It's a much slower-moving show than what we've been doing with the big band sound. We take our time, have a bit of banter with the audience, tell a few stories and allow whatever happens to happen.
In that way it's very liberating, spontaneous and sometimes scary, in a nice way. Because it's just the two of us, we're driving ourselves, seeing all the bits in between the towns and cities that we'd never seen before, learning our geography, booking the hotels and motels along the way, meeting the sound-person and the owner and the manager and the merchandise person and the box-office person and the janitor at all the venues.
It's all hands on and intense and satisfying and fun. When we were in the big bus with the band, we'd go for a drink after the gig in a nearby bar, meet a good few fans and then hit the road on the bus and drive through the night. These days, our accommodation can be fifteen miles from the venue and we have to drive there and put the gear away before we go for a drink. If we happen to find a bar we can walk to, the bar person not only has never heard of any of our musical activities, they haven't even heard of the venue we've just played at.
We're like aliens landing in a random bar, and it's an interesting, stimulating sensation. No news on Credit Union - Leo & Anto - Pushin´It! Saw Doctors yet. People are asking if we'll get back at it or not and we genuinely don't know ourselves.
I'd hate to say we called it a day and further on down the line decide we'd like to do it again and have to do a 'Re-Union Tour' - that's something I'd like to avoid! For more information, go to www. Related: Music. Toggle navigation. A castle from Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland sold earlier this year.
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