the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen
Thursday 18th September
“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 – 26.2.14)
The UK’s finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr returned to the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with the release of Hard Rain last March 2014. Barb has also taken this wonderful new collection of material on the road, including a show at Komedia Bath on Thursday 18th September. Barb premiered the set at London’s Purcell Room on Friday 14th February to much critical acclaim.
“…a four star show…The most literate of singers, Jungr is the perfect interpreter of this kind of material.” (Clive Davis, The Times 18.2.14)
“The commanding and rhapsodic singing brings connection and insight – 8/10
(Uncut, April 2014)
“1000 Kisses Deep is simply heart-stopping.” (Sunday Times, 16th March 2014)
“It’s a masterclass in the value of interpretive liberty” – Album of the Week 4-stars
(The Independent, 21st & 22nd March 2014)
“A notable achievement” – 4-stars (Daily Mirror, 21st March 2014)
Barb recently completed another triumphant run of shows in the U.S.A. Over the past few years the British chanteuse has been wowing critics and audiences alike at home and abroad with her insightful, intelligent interpretations of well-loved songs combined with her powerful and often witty performance style. Barb’s shows in NYC have now reached legendary status, with her latest season there last December completely selling out – don’t miss one of Britain’s best kept secrets live on her home turf.
Often referred to as “the politicised chansonnier” and cited as one of the world’s best performers of Dylan’s material, Barb turns to six of his most politically hard-hitting songs along with five of Leonard Cohen’s most impassioned songs of conscience. Barb’s selection for Hard Rain reflects her despair with the political times that we live in and she has deliberately chosen songs that resonate as strongly today as they did when they were originally written: Blowin’ In The Wind is now 51 years old and its sentiments are as relevant today as they ever were.
“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, 2011)
“The only word to describe her dramatic interpretations is revelatory…..I was open mouthed with astonishment.” (New York Times, December 2013)
“Arguably the finest cabaret singer in recent times ” (Rough Guide to Pop), Barb is “possibly our greatest interpreter of Dylan’s songs”, said Billy Bragg, who introduced her onto the BBC filmed Barbican performance of Dylan’s songs. At the request of her fans and lovers of two of the most glorious and philosophically tough popular songwriters ever, Jungr is performing and recording her most demanding repertoire to date.
In 2013 Jungr has toured the USA with seasons in Indianapolis and New York, performed in Toronto, Canada, toured Australia headlining at the Adelaide Cabaret festival and appearing in the Melbourne Recital Hall’s celebration of the American Songbook series, appeared in the O’Neill Gala performance and Cabaret Festival in Connecticut, alongside performances in England, Scotland and Wales.
She has in the last 12 months been a featured guest on BBC radio’s Saturday Live, Start the Week, Midweek and A Good Read, and she appeared in the BBC4 TV’s documentary ‘The Lives and Pain of the Jazz Divas’. She was featured in the Telegraph, Time Out and the Independent.
Hard Rain – The Making of – the short video by Matt Lynch, is here
Barb Jungr is “mesmerising” (The New York Times) and “Casually virtuosic” (The Guardian)
Songs include – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Chimes of Freedom, Its Alright Ma I’m Only Bleeding, First we Take Manhattan and more.
“One of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today.” (The Village Voice)
“On stage she’s a lioness” (The Sydney Morning Herald)
“Jungr leaves them all for dead in terms of how to work a room” (Aussie Theatre)
“One of the best night club singers in the world” (Time Out New York)
“This is a performer at the peak of her career who has been acknowledged worldwide” (Time Out)
Time Out New York awarded her CD ‘The Men I Love’ Best Cabaret CD of the year in 2010, and she has received the Backstage Award for Best International Artist and the Nightlife Award for best vocalist, both in New York.
“Every singer in New York could learn from her” said music journalist Will Friedwald, who wrote of Jungr’s first recorded CD of Dylan’s work “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).
All Barb’s past CD’s are available on Amazon UK and Amazon US, and through Linn Records and Naim.
BARB JUNGR – HARD RAIN: THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN & LEONARD COHEN
VENUE: KOMEDIA BATH 22-23 WESTGATE STREET BATH BA1 1EP
DATE: THURSDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
TICKETS: MEAL DEAL £25.50/ AUDITORIUM £15
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