CURRENTLY TOURING SHOWS
“Possibly our greatest interpreter of Dylan’s songs” – Billy Bragg
“A true musical alchemist, she is truly a marvel, who should not be missed” (Telegraph)
“Barb Jungr interprets [Dylan and Cohen’s] work with a ferocity and truthfulness that demolishes every cover version you’ve ever heard" (New York Times)
“one of the world's great cabaret singers… a genuine original, deploying warmth, high drama and sensitive musicality to reinvent everything she sings” (Time Out New York)
“it’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a love-child, who was adopted by Carmen McRae” (Glam Adelaide)
What you might know is that singer, performer and recording artist Barb Jungr is ”mesmerising” (New York Times), ”casually virtuosic” (Guardian), an ”alchemist among jazz singers” (Telegraph), possessing a voice which is “shockingly expressive, with an astonishing palette of colours” (Observer). Across her 40 year career she has been internationally acclaimed for combining immaculate vocal technique, impassioned performance, piercing insight and beautifully unexpected musical arrangements to reinterpret European and American popular songs in a manner which The New York Times described as ”revelatory”.
What you might not know is that as a live performer, Barb Jungr is always funny, and often hilarious. Like, intentionally. Cabaret Scenes described a performance in November 2016 as “the funniest hour of cabaret I’ve ever seen” from a “world-class raconteur”. Originally emerging from the alternative cabaret scene of the 1970s and 80s, and cutting her teeth alongside the likes of Julian Clary, Alexei Sayle and Arnold Brown, her ability to deliver shows which are utterly alive, and spontaneously respond to the world in and outside the performance space, is second to none.
If you are only familiar with Barb’s work from her albums, you simply have to see her perform live. Even the highest quality mp3 in the world won’t tell you what it’s like to be in a room with her and her musicians.
Below are short descriptions of all Barb’s shows available for touring in 2022/23/24, both in the UK and internationally.
For all of these shows, both in the UK and internationally, Barb is usually accompanied by piano, double bass, percussion, or any combination of these. She collaborates with the very best jazz musicians in the UK and USA. These artists include – on piano Laurence Hobgood and Barry Green; on double bass Dudley Phillips and Davide Mantovani; on percussion Oli Savill and Winston Torres. The exception is the collaboration between Barb and John McDaniel (piano and vocals), which includes their Beatles spectacular Come Together, and their latest show featuring the songs of Sting, Float Like A Butterfly.
These shows are suitable for all sizes of stage and many performance contexts: festivals, concert halls, jazz clubs, theatres, arts centres, cabaret rooms and private / corporate events.
With "Dylan and Cohen and Love", Barb continues her love affair with the work of two of the most important songwriters of the 20th Century. Through the lockdown she has thought about love, and in particular the love songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, from their earliest explorations to their most recent recordings.
In 2014, working with Simon Wallace, Barb released “Hard Rain,” laying herself bare to Dylan’s and Cohen’s political and philosophical songs. But “it’s now time for love,“ she says. “How to love more and with more freedom. How to love everyone and everything. How to be free of all the pettiness of life and elevate to the beauty and purity of love. And who better to turn to than Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, two of the greatest alchemists of love ever, in all of its wild wonder.”
Working with her long standing collaborator Jenny Carr, Barb will include Forgetful Heart, What Happens To The Heart, If You Gotta Go, Go Now, I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You, and So Long Marianne, among more treasures.
“She remarked how someone had said the way she sang the songs which had words that pierce your heart was “not for the faint hearted,” and promptly went on to prove it. The lady, a star of the cabaret scene for something like half a century, ended with a knock them out performance of Cohen’s Hey, that’s not way to say goodbye.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Reviewsgate
“We are listening to just one voice and one piano encompassing all the poetry and music of two legendary wordsmiths.”
★ ★ ★ ★ JewishRenaissance
“It can take a bold talent to pick up some of these sublime, enigmatic things and deliver them as cabaret items Barb Jungr does just that and the result is absorbing”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Londontheatre1
"Barb Jungr is a consummate and very emotional performer, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan knew how to write the perfect love song – Jungr certainly knows how to sing them"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Spy in the Stalls
Close your eyes, close the door
You don’t have to worry anymore
I’ll be your baby tonight
from ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’ by Bob Dylan
Barb’s first Dylan collection, Every Grain of Sand, has become a modern classic. Described by The Wall Street Journal in 2013 as “the most significant vocal album of the 21st Century thus far,” and one of the top 10 jazz albums of the year in The Sunday Times and Telegraph. Since then, her terrifying obsession with his work has intensified, leading to a second recorded collection, and to new arrangements of his forensic excavations of human nature becoming a mainstay of her live and recorded repertoire. Given that she won’t stop singing the bloody stuff, it’s fortunate that The New York Times says she can “squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody”.
2016 was a big year for Dylan, or at least for his admirers, seeing him awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This pleased Barb no end, as she has spent years describing him to any audience that would listen as the USA’s equivalent of Shakespeare. So basically the Nobel is all down to her.
This electrifying show brings together the very best of the Dylan material that Barb has perfected over the past 15 years. Songs which are fierce, political, passionate and romantic, performed in a voice which is “shockingly expressive, with an astonishing palette of colours” (Observer). Something which may or may not be true of Dylan’s own vocal technique. But whilst he might not schlep to Scandinavia to collect, this is a songwriter of genius who always delivers.
Barb Jungr performs ‘Sara’ by Bob Dylan, accompanied by Jenny Carr on piano and Simon Wallace on keyboard:
FEATURED SONGS INCLUDE
Tangled Up In Blue; I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight; Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; Not Dark Yet; Forever Young
"one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today” (Village Voice)
“except for Dylan himself on a good night, this is the best way to hear his songs.” (Independent on Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan)
“I just hope that Dylan himself has a listen and starts writing for her direct" (Observer on Every Grain of Sand)
“Jungr approaches the Dylan songbook with a rare degree of intelligence, relishing each line in the manner of a true chansonnière” (MOJO on Every Grain of Sand)
“a quiet revelation” (Times on Every Grain of Sand, 2002)
“she opens up a window of vulnerability and sensuality that previously sat stoic beneath the surface of these songs, and suffuses them with such a delicate, gauzy luminosity that they seem to glow from the inside out” (All Music Guide on Every Grain of Sand)
Barb Jungr “The UK’s finest interpreter of song” has long been associated with the work of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Her Hard Rain collection of 2014 received 5 star reviews on 3 continents and her live performance of the policial songs of Dylan and Cohen ran for 3 weeks of sold out performances in New York. For this performance she will focus on Cohen’s wide repertoire from Famous Blue Raincoat through So Long Marianne to The Future. Accompanied by Jenny Carr, who has played with everyone from Jason Donovan to Claire Martin, Barb breathes something new into every lyric and melody you thought you knew.
From her early beginnings on the fledgling London alternative cabaret circuit, through almost every musical genre, Barb Jungr’s work has often defied categorisation. Accompanied by some of the best live musicians in Britain her increasingly rare live appearances are unmissable.
Songs include: The Future, Suzanne, So Long Marianne, Famous Blue Raincoat and Take This Longing.
"Barb Jungr’s voice has established her as a superlative interpreter of the great song-books" The Independent
"Casually virtuosic" The Guardian
"she is THE reason why cabaret continues to find a new audience. And if that’s an overstatement, it gives her a goal which she will unquestionably accomplish. In a reasonably short amount of time, she has emerged as one part educator, one part icon, and all parts made of static electricity that will never cease to crackle across the wide oceans." The Andrew Martin Report