New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlewaite will make a stop at The Saint in Asbury Park (601 Main Street) on October 6 during their acoustic tour of the United States. The pair are touring while the Saw Doctors are on a break after 25 years of touring.

After their sold out March 2013 tour of the US, the ever popular Irish rock band, The Saw Doctors, decided to take a year-long sabbatical. However, knowing that rust never sleeps, two band members and friends, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite, have decided to team up and put together an acoustic show to take on the road. They hit the US this September 20th with approximately 22 gigs and may add some more as they go. The show will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors' songs, "We'll be playing songs acoustically in our own style; well-known, lesser-known and unknown ones, and telling stories and sharing whatever else comes to mind as we make our way from show to show in our Dodge Avenger rental car", says Leo, "It's all new and fresh and challenging and scary and exciting!"

A Saw Doctor meets a Waterboy:
It was May 1st 1988 in Galway, Ireland, and fledgling local band, The Saw Doctors, was playing at 'The Late Late Breakfast Show' in The Warwick Hotel - a fundraising event for the Galway Arts Festival. The songs kicked off at lunchtime and children and their arts-patron parents danced and sang along while Flanagan's Bar earned victory in the cocktail competition with their lethal-proven concoction 'The Claddagh Collapse'.

Eleven miles out the road in the seaside village of Spiddal on the shores of Galway Bay, The Waterboys, who were creating a gigantic buzz having moved to Ireland from London after the international success of their huge hit album, 'This Is The Sea' and its chart-topping single, 'The Whole Of The Moon', were in the middle of recording their new record 'Fisherman's Blues' in Spiddal House, an old estate residence temporarily converted into a state-of-the-art rock and roll studio. Somewhere in the middle of The Saw Doctors' marathon four-hour set in the Warwick Hotel, Waterboy Anthony Thistlethwaite arrived with his Sax and got up and started blowing along with the band; the main gig finished and the musicians moved to the dining room to continue with the powerful wave of music they were surfing. On that evening in The Warwick Hotel a musical friendship between Leo and Anto was born that continues to this day. 

A few months later Waterboys' singer Mike Scott asked The Saw Doctors to support the band on their Irish tour the following December; this led to their supporting The Waterboys all over Britain in the Spring of 1989. Mike produced The Saw Doctors' first single, N17', and Anthony arrived into Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin late in the evening after awaiting a call in the pub next door for a number of hours, and valiantly put down a driving sax riff on the outro of what has become a classic Irish single. Through much of the 90's Anthony toured Ireland, Britain, the US, Europe and Australia with The Saw Doctors and at the beginning of the new millennium when the band's original bassist, Pearse Doherty, left the practice, Anthony took over on the bass, an instrument he had originally played with the Waterboys way back.

So don't miss Leo and Anto on their inaugural acoustic tour of the USA- shows are selling out! For a full listing of tour dates and to buy tickets go to: