After two and a half years The Saw Doctors will be back in action early next year – and hope to play a Tuam gig at some stage during 2016.

Lead members Davy Carton and Leo Moran have been gigging together in recent weeks and will reform in the New Year.

And there is a distinct possibility of them playing at what would undoubtedly be a sell-out performance at next year’s Sugar Beat festival if arrangements can be put in place.

Davy had been living in England but has now returned to Tuam and has been doing sessions with Leo Moran and Padraic Stevens in recent weeks.

Manager Ollie Jennings told The Connacht Tribune that the Sawdocs would be back next year – and it could even include a gig in Tuam. “It depends on the schedule but anything is possible,” he said.

Ollie confirmed that Davy and Leo were now working on a new album of original songs and that they hoped that this would coincide with their return to live performances.

It has been the ambition of the organisers of Sugar Beat in Tuam to have The Saw Doctors performing there and it is now something that has not been ruled out.

But the fact that the band are reforming after such a lengthy period away from the music scene is a huge boost for their legion of fans in North Galway alone.  They have also built up a major fan base throughout England and the United States.

Recently Leo Moran and Davy Carton along with Padraic Stevens performed an informal session in a local pub in Tuam. Davy had been living in England but has now returned to his home town.

“Nothing is going to happen this year,” Ollie Jennings confirmed. “But we are certainly concentrating on the spring and summer of next year. We are definitely back”.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.