Live music unites people from all walks of life, unlike silence, which only unites librarians and people who crack safes. Bond over shared sound waves with this GrouponLive deal to see The Saw Doctors at Saint Andrew's Hall. For $15, you get one general-admission ticket on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. (up to a $29 value, including fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
In 2010, The Saw Doctors’ To Win Just Once best-of album went platinum in their native Ireland. The record compiled hits from a career that hurled the band's founding duo, Leo Moran and Davy Carton, from Galway, across the globe, and atop the charts for 19 Top 30 singles. Among them is the playful ballad to lost love, “I Useta Lover,” which in 1990 secured the top spot in Ireland for a record nine weeks, squashing competition from countrywoman Sinead O’Connor, music icon Madonna, and ninja rapper Vanilla Ice.
Perhaps The Saw Doctors' greatest legacy, though, is not their studio work, but their live shows. Davy and Leo’s manic energy and sing-along lyrics have drawn exuberant crowds of those hailing from Eire’s shores and those who have adopted its people’s carefree attitude toward eating blood sausage for breakfast. In “N17” a hall’s worth of voices join in for an emigrant’s wistful yet buoyant longing for “stone walls and the grasses green.”
As a former home to a Scottish Society, Saint Andrew’s Hall shares a Celtic connection to the band. Its venerable brick façade, worn with more than a century of character, shelters a 35-foot bar that nudges patrons toward a hardwood dance floor, scuffed up in all the right places by moshing fans and quarrelling Riverdance troupes.