Friday 20 January 2017

Throat op forces Saw Doctors to cancel first gig in 25 years

Published 23/11/2016 | 02:30

Davy Carton has had surgery on his damaged vocal cords. Photo: Damien Eagers
Davy Carton has had surgery on his damaged vocal cords. Photo: Damien Eagers

Veteran Irish rockers The Saw Doctors have been forced to cancel a series of sold-out shows this week as their lead singer recovers from throat surgery.

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For the first time in their 25-year history, the Galway-based band was forced to cancel a series of gigs at Dublin's Olympia theatre after singer Davy Carton, (57), underwent surgery to his vocal cords at Galway's University Hospital last week after experiencing persistent hoarseness.

"We've never cancelled a show in 25 years," band manager Ollie Jennings told the Irish Independent.

"It's just unfortunate. It's not the way we do things."

Fortunately Davy, who is a life-long smoker, was given the all-clear for throat cancer, he said.

"There's no cancer or growth. They did a swab and it came back negative," he said.

However, the singer, whom he described as "the life and soul of the party" damaged his vocal cords after coming down with a cold and continuing to do a series of gigs in Scotland following a three-year hiatus.

"They were so keen, they just sang too many songs in two-and-a-half hour shows," he said.

Davy has been ordered to give up smoking and stop talking and singing, he added.

He is now undergoing speech therapy with specialists at the hospital to repair the damaged vocal cords.

The band has re-scheduled this week's shows for dates in March.

"He is on the road to recovery," he said.

Fans who bought tickets for shows tomorrow, Friday and Saturday can use them for corresponding dates on Wednesday March 8, Friday March 10 and Saturday March 11.

A full refund is also available if those dates don't suit, according to promoters MCD.

"MCD wish Davy a speedy recovery and look forward to having the Saw Doctors back in the Olympia in March," the spokesman said.

Irish Independent

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