Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen

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Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen’s The Little Radio album starts out traditionally enough in a jazz vein. Ballamy’s sonorous tenor saxophone blows out the opening bars of that standard Body and Soul. Then, rather surprisingly, in comes the playful button accordion of Carstensen. These two obviously know how to have fun (they do a version of Teddy Bears Picnic) and have been known to take special requests via Twitter at their gigs. This is one concert where it’s definitely ok to whip out a smartphone. Ballamy is making a quick return to these shores having played a critically acclaimed concert with English compatriot June Tabor in January. He’s also a former member of the pioneering British big band Loose Tubes. Curiously, Carstensen became the first person in Norway prosecuted for playing the violin whilst driving. Best take the bus to tonight’s gig…

Sunday 2nd February, DUBLIN
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Start Time: 8:00 PM
Tickets: €18 / €13
Bookings: 01 4750224/www.musicnetwork.ie

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