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The Saw Doctors are at Newcastle City Hall tonight, hot on the release of their sixth studio album, The Cure.

The Saw Doctors are at Newcastle City Hall tonight, hot on the release of their sixth studio album, The Cure.

The band formed 17 years ago in the small Irish town of Tuam, Galway - a number that has proved lucky for the act.

Like the road after which it was named, their hit, N17, produced by their early mentor, The Waterboys' Mike Scott, was a route that led them out of Galway and onto the highways of national and international success.

"From country to punk to pop and rock'n'roll, we stole all our favourite bits," they say of their longevity.

The Saw Doctors have spent the intervening years touring, honing their craft and intermittently releasing a series of acclaimed albums - If This Is Rock 'n' Roll I Want My Old Job Back, All The Way From Tuam, Same Oul' Town, Songs From Sun Street and Villains?

The Cure finds the band leaner, meaner and proud of their latest work.

"Twelve songs about the ups and downs of life on the road and in small towns around the world," they say of the CD. Fans will hear it given a live airing for the first time at tonight's City Hall gig.

Joining Saw Doctors frontman Davy Carton and guitarist Leo Moran for the tour are new band members Fran Breen (ex-Lucinda Williams) on drums and ex-Waterboy Anthony Thistlethwaite on bass. The lineup is completed by veteran keyboard player Derek Murray.

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