Farmers Market tour

 Date:30/06/2005 - 03/07/2005
 Type:Culture, Concert

Accordionist Stian Carstensen and saxophonist Iain Ballamy and their band Farmers Market are set to play four gigs in the UK, promising witty retakes of jazz standards, infectious Bulgarian melodies and dazzling performances

This double bill of Norway and England’s most talented bands promises witty retakes of jazz standards, infectious Bulgarian melodies and dazzling performances.

A magical duo between British saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian accordion player Stian Carstensen.

The resonance of button accordion and tenor saxophone is a rare, rich and beautiful sonority. Iain and Stian’s duo performances are highly memorable experiences and have captivated audiences throughout Northern Europe. Combining thoughtful arrangements and lyrical melodies with a large dose of wit, their playing is both wonderfully intimate and thoroughly entertaining.

‘Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen are a breath of fresh air with a love of well-crafted melodies that speak to everyone.’ The Observer Music Monthly

Led by Stian Carstensen, Farmers Market have achieved a rare feat in the jazz world; managing to engender enormous respect for their lightening virtuosity and exhilarating music Successfully fusing the magical but bizarre combination of Bulgarian folk, jazz standards and pop music, Farmers Market has become one of Norway's most popular live bands.

“Stian Carstensen and Farmers Market? That’s the best music I heard in a year!” Michael Brecker

Farmers Market and Stian Carstensen tour dates

Iain Ballamy – saxophone
Stian Carstensen – accordion

Farmers Market
Stian Carstensen – accordion; Trifon Trifonov – saxophones; Nils-Olav Johansen – guitar and voice; Finn Guttormsen – bass; Jarle Vestpestad – drums

30 June  London Marquee Club
020 7909 0000

1 July  Bristol Colston Hall Bar
Box Office: 0117 922 3686

2 July   Cardiff, Worldport Festival St David’s Hall Level 3 
Box office: 029 2087 8444

3 July   Birmingham, Glee Club
Box Office: 0870 241 5093 /

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Stian Carstensen is a virtuoso on button accordion and banjo

Iain Ballamy plays sax