The Saw Doctors, those lovable offbeat lads from Tuam, Co. Galway, have announced an offbeat Christmas single that promises to be their biggest single yet. They’ve teamed up with legendary singer Petula Clark on a cover of her massive 1960s hit “Downtown.”

Fans of the band know that their version of the song has made it into their live act over the years, and they decided to record it as a single last month. According to Leo Moran, they were amazed when Clark, 79, agreed to join them in the studio for the recording session in London.
"How it happened was incredible," said guitarist Moran. "Petula lives in Switzerland, but by chance the producer we were working with, Philip Tennant, is a good friend of her manager, John Williams.


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“There were a few phone calls made, and the next thing we were told was that Petula would be joining us in the studio.  She didn't seem fazed meeting us, as she's worked with Muppets before on The Muppet Show!"  
Clarke has also agreed to appear in the video for the new single -- shot on the streets of Paris -- which is released in Ireland on December 9.