Ticket gig of the week

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Tues­day’s col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween diva Mar­lena Shaw and pro­ducer Mad Pro­fes­sor at the Spiegel­tent in Dublin’s Dock­lands for the Fringe Fes­ti­val was an in­trigu­ing idea – one which worked in spite of it­self. Stuck be­hind his turnta­bles at the rear of the venue, the funky fel­low was marginalised by Shaw, who com­manded the stage through­out. As­sisted by a tight back­ing band, the chanteuse dished up glossy 1980s soul with for­ays into scat singing and jazzy in­stru­men­tals. “Life’s bet­ter when you've got a lil’ some­thing in you,” she snig­gered. Life's also pretty damn good when you’re lis­ten­ing to Mar­lena. Words: De­nis Clifford. Pho­to­graph: Matt Ka­vanagh

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