Interview with Leo

Check out the interview with Leo over on

Nashville Show and Credit Union Video

Leo & Anto have confirmed a Nashville, TN concert on Thursday May 1st at McNamara’s Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Tickets and information from PH :1 615 885 7262 and

Check out the video below of Leo & Anto performing ‘Credit Union‘ in Tuam, Co Galway before they took off to the States for their April/May tour.

US Tour in April / May

Saturday 19 April
Philadelphia PA – Tin Angel

Monday 21 April
Pittsburgh PA – Grand Hall at The Priory
Tickets available from:
PH: 412.496.3260

Tuesday 22 April
Cleveland OH – PJ McIntyre’s
PH: (216)941-9311

Thursday 24 April
Madison WI – Kiki’s House
Ticket Reservations:

Friday 25 April
Milwaukee WI – Shank Hall

Saturday 26 April
Chicago IL – Irish American Heritage Center

Sunday 27 April
West Peoria IL – Jimmy’s Bar
PH: 309 676 4021

Tuesday 29 April
St. Louis MO - House Concert
PH: 1 314 605 7248

Thursday 1 May
Nashville TN - McNamara’s Irish Pub and Restaurant
PH: 1 615 885 7262

Saturday 3 May
Memphis TN  -  Celtic Crossing
PH: 1 901 274 5151

Sunday 4 May
Atlanta GA - Red Light Cafe
PH: 1 404 524 735

Wednesday 7 May
Charlotte NC – RiRa

Friday 9 May
Raleigh NC – Tir na nOg
PH: 919 833 7795

Sunday 11 May
Vienna VA – Jammin’ Java

Newcastle Show

Leo & Anto will return to Newcastle to play the Cluny 2 venue on Friday July 4.


Re-Scheduled Scottish Dates

Leo & Anto are delighted to announce their re-scheduled Scottish tour dates (see below for details).

Pushin It

Sunday June 22— Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree

Tuesday June 24—Edinburgh, The Electric Circus

Wednesday June 25—Aviemore, The Old Bridge Inn

Thursday June 26 —Shetland, @ Mareel in Lerwick

Friday June 27— Inverness, Ironworks

Saturday June 28—Skye, Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat

Monday June 30— Stornoway, An Lanntair

Tuesday July 1—Ullapool, The Ceilidh Place

Wednesday July 2—Glasgow, Oran Mor

Leo & Anto Move Beyond Saw Doctors Sound

Great feature on Leo & Anto by Jim Sullivan in the Cape Cod Times.
Read Jim’s piece at the link below.

Newcastle Review

Leo & Anto Acoustic Show

The Cluny 2 – Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sunday 9 March, 2014

Review by Keith Barrett

At 8.30 p.m. Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite took to the small stage
in the bowels of The Cluny along the Ouseburn in the shadow of Byker Bridge,
Newcastle. Every one of the 130 seats in the old ‘round theatre’ was taken and
filled with anticipation and probably the ‘wonder of expectation’ as to what they
were going to witness from The Saw Doctors duo, without the usual ‘racket’ as
often described by Leo, of the full Saw Doctors sound.

The crowd was a mixture of some regular Saw Doctors attendees, some local, s
ome travelled, from Yorkshire, Merseyside and ‘all ower’ as we say on Tyneside.
A fair contingent of ‘Happy Cats’ disciples who have become familiar with The
Saw Doctors songs through the covers performed by the Tyneside trio, and the
yearly exodus to the West of Ireland on the ‘Toon to Tuam Tour’.

What followed for the next two and a quarter hours was an amazing show – it
wasn’t The Saw Doctors – it was never going to be, this was two musicians of the
highest order giving one hundred percent to the enjoyment of the audience.

Most of the songs, written or jointly written by Leo some years ago, were stripped back
to the bones, sang with heartfelt meaning by the originator, the delivery impeccable,
making sure the audience understood the meaning of each line. The
accompaniment of Anto on saxophone and the mandolin was superb,
and along with his melodic vocal, he is one of the finest musicians I have witnessed.

Words are Leo’s ‘forte’ – one of the finest wordsmiths of our time. The set was as
humorous as it was melodic, great stories of old friends and Irish colloquialism’s
had the audience in stitches all night, truly wonderful. Anto joined in with the
story telling, I won’t spoil it for the future, but, you better believe it.

I am not going to do the usual and list the ‘set list’ but for me the highlight was
‘Friday Town’ closely followed by ‘Exhilarating Sadness’ – so, so, different to
anything heard before. Brilliantly performed.

The idea was to have a seated, attentive audience – attentive we were, seated
we were not. From the opening chord the audience sang along and by the end
the whole place was on it’s feet dancing and clapping in response to the infectious
excitement we all felt coming from the stage. For the encore (there were actually
three encore’s), the lads were joined onstage by Dan Walsh, originally from Stafford,
but now residing in the Toon, and his banjo, a treat for Dan to be playing along with
his idol’s and a treat for us. What a player – fantastic. Then we had a lovely touch
from Leo & Anto when they played the Geordie national anthem ‘The Blaydon Races’
an invitation was extended to Marty Crags to join them on stage and The Happy Cats
front man blasted out a few verses to the delight of everyone.

This wasn’t the Barrowlands in Glasgow, it wasn’t Shepherd’s Bush in London and
it wasn’t the House of Blues in Boston, big venues in which I have been fortunate
enough to witness some of the best Saw Doctors gigs ever in my time. This was
Cluny 2, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and it rocked. This was Leo & Anto doing it their way,
and it was bloody brilliant…

Go and see them at your first opportunity