Irish legends The Saw Doctors are the latest big-name addition to Birmingham’s Moseley Folk and Arts Festival (Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023).

Starting out playing in Galway pubs, The Saw Doctors reached a wider audience after Mike Scott of

The Waterboys plucked them from obscurity, and asked the lads to support The Waterboys around Ireland on the Fisherman’s Blues tour in late 1988.

Quickly impressing audiences with their live show, The Saw Doctors’ second single, I Useta Lover, spent a mammoth nine weeks at number one and became Ireland’s best-selling single of all time – outselling U2 and Sinéad O’Connor.

The folk/rock act, who last visited Birmingham in 2017 for a sell-out performance at the O2 Institute, recently hit number three in the Irish Album Charts with the vinyl issue of their debut album, If This Is Rock And Roll, I Want My Old Job Back.

Headlining on Saturday, The Saw Doctors are part of a second wave line-up announcement from the Brum festival. Other artists now added include comedians Robin Ince (Sunday) and Lou Sanders (Saturday), plus Canadians Wild Rivers, the colourful Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band, 17-piece shanty group Old Time Sailors, London five-piece Tapir!, and street performers Circus Raj – with further names to be announced soon.

They join the previously announced Squeeze, Blindboy and Gwenno (Friday); Wilco, The Proclaimers and Angeline Morrison (Sunday).

John Fell, Moseley Folk and Arts Festival Manager, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing The Saw Doctors to the festival. We’ve been trying to get them over for 10 years, so we can’t wait to see them in September alongside fellow headliners Squeeze, Wilco, The Proclaimers, and more.”

Tickets are now available priced £145 (adult, weekend), £57 (adult, day), £65 (U18, weekend), £32 (U18, day) and £320 (family) – plus booking fees.

For tickets and more information, see: moseleyfolk.co.uk


Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023
Moseley Folk & Arts Festival
Moseley Park and Pool, 93b Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD
Tickets/ information: moseleyfolk.co.uk

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– Friday 1 September 2023 –
Elanor Moss – Crewdson & Cevanne

– Saturday 2 September 2023 –
The Saw Doctors
Lou Sanders
Wild Rivers – Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band – Tapir! – Chloe Foy

– Sunday 3 September 2023 –
The Proclaimers
Old Time Sailors
Angeline Morrison
Robin Ince
Circus Raj

Further artists to be announced.

Tickets (Final Tier): Adult Day Tickets – £57; Adult Weekend (3 days) – £145.
Under 18 Day Tickets – £32; U18 Weekend £65 (3 days).
Family Weekend – £320.
Plus booking fee.
See festival website for all ticket options.


Moseley Folk and Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly immersive event, exploring the very best of contemporary Folk, Arts and Crafts, which is held in Moseley Park – a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village.

Although the site is just two miles from the centre of Birmingham, it’s a world away from city life, and the perfect setting for a festival – with sloping grounds, creating a natural amphitheatre in front of a stunning lake.

Established in 2005, each year Moseley Folk and Arts Festival brings incredible artists, workshops, arts, crafts, and a selection of Birmingham’s most loved street food and drinks vendors to Moseley, for one epic weekend.

Previous headliners have included Laura Marling, Don Mclean, The Waterboys, The Monkees, The Jayhawks, Richard Thompson and Supergrass.

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