Spend Christmas with The Saw Doctors

ON SAINT Stephen’s DAY, TG4 will air Steven Lock’s 1991 TV documentary about The Saw Doctors – Sing a powerful song – just after the Connacht rugby match against Ulster.

The documentary, produced by Granada TV, premiered on RTE 1 on Christmas Day 1991 and on Channel 4 on New Years Day 1992.

Sing a powerful song traces the rise of The Saw Doctors from the back room of Jersey Bar in Tuam, to the number 1 hit of the group’s single “I Useta Lover” in Ireland in September 1990. It features interviews with the five young members of the band – Davy Carton, Leo Moran, Pearse Doherty, John ‘Turps’ Burke and drummer John Donnelly – as they record their debut album, If it’s rock and roll, I wanna go back to my old job.

Photo: – Frank Miller

The documentary also includes live footage from Doc’s 1991 concert at the West’s Awake festival at Tuam Stadium, when their fathers made appearances on stage during the “Hay Wrap” encore.

Sing a powerful song will be broadcast at 7:40 p.m. on TG4 on Saint-Étienne Day, Sunday, December 26. After broadcast, it will be available on the TG4 Player for one month: https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/watch-live/ domicile

New Years Day broadcast

On New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 at 12 p.m., RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast a new documentary by Ann Marie Kelly on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of If it’s rock and roll, I wanna go back to my old job.

Doctors Seen 1991 by Frank Miller 2

Today Tuam, tomorrow the world! The Docs in 1991. Photo: – Frank Miller

The album was released on Solid Records in May 1991 and went No.1 on the Irish charts. It features new interviews with Davy, Leo, Turps, Pearse and Johnny, recalling their time making the album at Loco Studios in Wales in 1990. Mike Scott of The Waterboys, who produced the song ‘N17’, is also interviewed in her Dublin studio by Ann Marie for the hour-long documentary.

Universal Music has released a double vinyl album from The Saw Doctors’ collection of greatest hits, To Win Just Once. It is available on a suitable brown vinyl via https://lnk.to/ToWinJustOnce

Elizabeth J. Harless