Barb Jungr Live at London Jazz Festival
Sunday, November 10th
The Myth! The Legend!
National Treasure, Barb Jungr, to Perform Career Defining Album
Artist: Barb Jungr
Album: Bob, Brel and Me
Release date: September 6th
“One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on the angst-ridden planet today” – Village Voice, New York
“Possibly our best interpreter of Dylan’s songs” - Billy Bragg
“Jungr repeatedly reawakens detailed emotion lying dormant in lyrics. I just hope that Dylan himself has a listen and starts writing for her direct” - The Observer
(Barb on BBC Breakfast - https://youtu.be/71cNyugS4hc)
From her early days working in amongst the London comedy scene of the early 80’s alongside the likes of Paul Merton, Jo Brand and Julian Clary, to her position now as one of the greatest living interpreters of song, Barb Jungr has devoted her life to entertainment. Her new album, Bob, Brel and Me, a piece of work she considers the best she’s ever recorded may also be her last with Barb declaring “I may not make another”.
Now she returns to the place she honed her craft, back to Soho where she lay her first roots in the music world. A live opportunity to revisit some of her musical inspirations, as well as debut her fresh original material. Collaborating with “the best musicians” to bring together “a very personal, very particular, but very driven kind of sound”. A chance to see Barb at her best in her natural habitat – on stage.
Mentioned in the same breath as Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, Barb Jungr’s ability to make others’ songs her own has brought her rave reviews around the world. Bob, Brel and Me continues to bring new life and meaning to tracks already considered classics: Bob Dylan’s Wheels on Fire is given a sinister, brooding make-over, whilst Buckets of Rain becomes a towering prayer to love; Brel’s Jacky is given a venomous sense of humour (and the odd naughty word!) whilst his The Cathedral becomes one of Barb’s most heart-wrenching performances; her own tracks include the introspective Incurable Romantic and Rise and Shine, whose lyrics “Rise and Shine/the morning after wine”, offer a glimpse at Barb’s irresistible sense of mischief.
Appropriately, given she was the first female recipient of the Perrier award in 1987, Barb Jungr returned to this year's Edinburgh Fringe to perform a solo show based on the tracks from her new album. As one of the festival’s biggest supporters and one of the most highly anticipated performers at this year’s festival, she gained a number of five star reviews for the set.
More praise for Barb:
“Jungr is mistress of all she surveys...this music is the North American Songbook’s climax, revealed by its greatest interpreter.” - (5-stars) The Independent
"Barb Jungr interprets their work with a ferocity and truthfulness that demolishes every cover version you’ve ever heard… The only word to describe her dramatic interpretations is revelatory...I was open mouthed with astonishment.” - The New York Times
“The commanding and rhapsodic singing brings connection and insight…” - Uncut
“In 2002, the British singer Barb Jungr released “Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan: Every Grain of Sand”, which is, as far as I’m concerned, the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.” - The Wall Street Journal
“…simply heart-stopping…Jungr’s attention to timbre and nuance brings new depth to every syllable.” - The Sunday Times
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