THE SAW DOCTORS, SHARON SHANNON AND SOLAS TO PERFORM AT IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE IN CANTON

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The Irish Cultural Centre's inaugural Summer Concert Series culminates with The Saw Doctors and Solas performing on August 10, and Sharon Shannon playing on August 16.

CANTON, Mass. – The Irish Cultural Centre will conclude its inaugural Summer Concert Series with performances by The Saw Doctors and Sharon Shannon in August. The Saw Doctors will weave their minstrel-like magic on Saturday, August 10, while Shannon, an accordionist, will play on Friday, August 16. The Saw Doctors tickets cost $25, while Shannon tickets are $20. “Doors” for the outdoor performances open at 7:30 p.m., and the shows begin at 8:00 p.m. Solas will open for The Saw Doctors.

Since opening for The Waterboys in the late-1980s, The Saw Doctors have struck a chord with audiences worldwide. While their rootsy-rock sound is certainly easy on the ear, it’s their songwriting that has earned them acclaim. Founders Davy Carton and Leo Moran write what they know, which is bringing in the harvest, running away to join the army and lacking the courage to tell the prettiest girl in town that you love her. Universal themes, all.

The group’s first single, N17, was a rousing road song named for one of Ireland’s carriageways, and can fairly be likened to the classic American road song, Route 66. This

1989 single paved the way for the Doctors’ first hit single, I Useta Lover, topping the Irish charts for nine weeks. It became Ireland’s best-selling single of all time. The band, which has four full albums to its credit, has emerged as one of the most successful Irish

rock bands since U2. The Washington Post referred to the Saw Doctors as “one of the

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world's most appealing roots-rock outfits.”

Sharon Shannon hails from Ireland’s West as well. The child of two set-dancers, Shannon grew up in the village of Ruan in County Clare, where she was first influenced by traditional music.

Although known as an accordion player, Shannon also plays the fiddle and melodeon. In addition to a very successful solo career, she’s played with A Woman’s Heart, The Waterboys, Steve Earle, Nancy Griffith’s Other Voices and Donal Lunny’s Coolfin.

A founding member of the traditional group Arcady, she left in order to pursue a solo career in 1989. Named Ireland’s Folk Artist of the Year in 2000, Shannon’s most recent album, The Diamond Mountain Sessions, has been hailed as a “little short of brilliant” by Billboard Magazine. Her music has also been featured in the films, This is My Father and The Brothers McMullen.

Opening for The Saw Doctors will be Solas, a fresh sound on the traditional Irish music scene. Solas is touring in support of its fifth album, The Edge of Silence, described as a “moody, noir-ish song cycle with a cinematic feel.” On the album, Solas intersperses original pieces with Celtic-styled interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Nick Drake and Jesse Colin Young.

As one of the largest Irish organizations in the Eastern United States, the Irish Cultural Centre helps promote Irish culture, the arts, and sporting events. For more information on the concerts or the Centre, call 781.821.8291 or 888.GO.IRISH (464.7474), e-mail office@irishculture.org or visit http://www.irishculture.org. The Irish Cultural Center is located at 200 New Boston Drive, just off Route 138, in Canton, Mass.

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