Artist Q&A

Q&A with Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite (of the Saw Doctors)

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What was the first concert you attended?Anthony:  Pink Floyd, Leicester De Montfort Hall. 1972?

Leo:  It was New Year's Eve, 1977. Punk had just kicked off and Bob Geldof was on Ireland's institution of a TV chat show, The Late Late Show ranting about Ireland's church and state, the banana republic he subsequently wrote the same titled song about. Punk was edgy and felt dangerous, it was a real threat to what was established. Geldof was loudmouth and arrogant but he knew what he was talking about. My friends' father, Jimmy McHugh, God rest him, agreed to take his three sons and myself to the gig in Galway, twenty miles up the road. Squiggley was 13, Cuser and I were 13 and Mouse was 12. We arrived very early and went round the back where we bumped into the bass player, Pete Briquette who was friendly and showed us the back door in. A tall blonde in skintight red pants stood in the middle of the dancefloor; I believe it was Paula Yates. The gig was amazing of course, exciting, loud and aggressive in all the best possible ways. Thank you Jimmy McHugh.

Where and when was the first show you played? Anthony:  Ullesthorpe Village Hall, 1974

Where and when was the last show you played? Leo:  Last night - April 22 - we played in Spartansburg, PA. (Pop. 305). The show was in the back room of the restaurant in town, Dutch Treat. We had an audience of about 80, 75 of whom would never have seen or heard of us before. It can be a positive starting with a blank canvas.

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? Anthony:  Going out on tour with Leo as "Leo & Anto".

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? Anthony:  "Melody" because it has a nice melody!

Leo:  Same Oul' Town is my favourite. It's serious and a bit lonesome but over the years we had become known for fun and frolicking and I've always liked the idea of balancing the light with the dark.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Anthony:  Bruno Mars

Leo:  Todd Snider. His writing, story-telling, showmanship, singing and playing are all very special. He's definitely my favourite artist going around these days. Hopefully I'll get to see a show soon.

What 3 artists have you listened to in the last month? Anthony:  Springsteen, Prince, Bruno Mars

Leo:  Todd Snider, Inni-K, Joe Fury And The Hayride

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Anthony:  A lion tamer.

Leo:  I hadn't really thought about it. I trained to be a French teacher but I was no good at it. I liked the idea of playing music but it would've been beyond my dreams for it to have turned into what I did when I grew up. Very lucky.

What is your favorite phrase? Anthony:  Orange light means speed up.

Leo:  We'll be dead long enough.

Cat person, dog person, or both? Anthony:  Both

Leo:  Both, we have one of each at home.

Books or movies? Anthony:  Both

Leo:  Books. I've downloaded a couple of audiobooks - they're great for the long journeys in the car.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? Anthony:  That I can't read music

Who is the greatest sax player ever? Anthony:  The late great Bobby Keys.


Catch Leo and Anto at Jammin' Java on May 21st!