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Barb Jungr - UK and European live dates and impending new album.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

We have received the following press release;

9th May 2019 - Barb Jungr plays The Purcell Room and Barb Jungr: “Bob, Brel & Me - Without Borders” new album (September 2019)

2019 Barb Jungr performs at the Purcell Room and launches a follow up to her critically acclaimed ‘Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen’ ….
Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel & Me - Without Borders (September 2019)

Barb Jungr’s reputation as “one of the world’s great cabaret singers” (Time Out New York) may have gone to her head, as she will now only sing songs by writers whose names start with the letter B. But this means she can return to two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole career. A good plan, because she is “one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today” (Village Voice).

In this brand new collection for 2019, Barb will turn her acclaimed ability at reinvention and reinterpretation to exploring her relationship with a set of Dylan and Brel songs she has never tackled before on stage or on disc, all in original arrangements. They include ‘Les Cœurs tendres’ (The tender hearts), ‘Voir un ami pleurer’ (To see a friend break down and cry), ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and ‘This Wheel’s on Fire’. Placed alongside them will be some of Barb’s own songs, written with a number of wonderful collaborators.

“it’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a love-child, who was adopted by Carmen McRae” (Glam Adelaide)

Any performance of an existing song is a conversation between the writer and the singer, and the conversation between Bob, Brel and Barb is a particularly stimulating one, not least because of the way in which gender informs all of their work. Things could get heated. Uh-oh!

Barb can’t wait to scale the mountainous heights of the work of these two extraordinary writers, navigating its complex emotional terrain and traversing its ravines of love, sadness and anger. Why not slip on your crampons and join her for the climb? Bring your own Kendal mint cake. 

”the alchemist among jazz singers… electrifying… the top rank of jazz singers… she is truly a marvel, who should not be missed” (Telegraph)

This unique album, due for a September 2019 release, follows her long awaited return to London’s Purcell Rooms on the 9th May 2019 the same day as her birthday.

Across her 40-year, award-winning career, Barb Jungr is internationally celebrated for combining immaculate vocal technique, impassioned performance, piercing insight and beautifully unexpected musical arrangements to reinterpret European and American popular songs for which The New York Times described as ”revelatory”. As a live performer, Barb is funny, and hilarious. 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, Barb’s ability to deliver engaging shows, maximising the environment in and out of the performance space, is second to none.

Barb’s extensive radio and TV appearances in the UK include BBC Radio 4, Start The Week, A Good Read, Saturday Review, Front Row, and Saturday Live.
On BBC4 TV she has appeared as an expert on Piaf and Nina Simone and on the singing voice. She was featured in the special Bob Dylan concert filmed at The Barbican Concert Hall for both BBC4 TV and BBC 2. In the USA she is currently featured in an hour-long performance for the nationally shown TV series, The Kate.
With a Masters in Ethnomucisology from Goldsmiths/SOAS Barb has also written about and taught voice not only in the UK and USA and as a Master Teacher for 6 years at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut on the Cabaret Conference adult programme. She is a patron the London Cabaret festival, and alongside her performance work is a music and songwriter for Children’s Theatre with many credits. She has written about her travels and singing for many publications, including The Guardian, The Singer (for whom she was a feature writer for several years), The New Statesman and Folk Roots among others.

Music Education for children: Culture and Diversity and the many benefits music brings.
What I learned on the road. On her travels in the 1990’s and early 2000’s Jungr travelled extensive singing and leading workshops in Cameroon, Sudan, Malawi, The Yemen, Cote D’Ivoire, Tanzania, Burma and Sri Lanka.


“a fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor” (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)

“she makes a point of exploring works of songwriters she admires… and finding meaning and depth the creators may have no idea is there” (Huffington Post)

“truly a marvel, who should not be missed” (Telegraph)

“it’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a love-child, who was adopted by Carmen McRae” (Glam Adelaide)

Bob, Brel & Me is released on Kristalyn Records and distributed through Absolute Marketing.

Live Dates:

January 26th,  London, UK
Barb Jungr and Jamie Safir
Hampstead Jazz Club
Tel: +44 20 7916 0595

February 14th, London, UK
Fundraiser for Side by Side with Refugees
Dutch Church, Social Hall, Dutch Centre,

February 17th, Cardiff, Wales
Hard Rain - Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen
Acapela Studios  tel: 029 2089 0862

February 26th, Berlin, Germany
Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan 030.883 15 82

March 30th, Birmingham, UK
Barb Jungr Shelter From The Storm
Pizza Express
020 7439 4962

March 31st, London, UK
Barb Jungr Shelter From The Storm
606 Jazz Club
020 7352 5953

9th May 2019 - The Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London.  Tickets on sale December 2018

15th May 2019 - Komedia Brighton, Brighton Festival,

17th May 2019 - Live at the Millgate, Saddleworth.

September 2019 Autumn tour.


“Hard Rain: - Broadway World Award for best Cabaret CD of 2014.
Time Out New York - Best Cabaret CD of 2010
Best Cabaret 2008 - Time Out, New York
No. 2 Best Cabaret 2009 - Time Out, New York for “The Men I Love” at The Cafe Carlyle.


October 2018 -Float Like A Butterfly: The Songs of Sting.  Barb Junger and John McDaniel.  Krystalin Records
Come Together:  Barb Jungr & John McDaniel perform The Beatles.
Shelter From The Storm - Songs of Hope for Troubled Times (featuring Laurence Hobgood).
Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen.
Stockport To Memphis
Man In The Long Black Coat - Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan
The Men I Love: The New American Songbook.
Just Like A Woman - A Hymn to Nina:  Barb Jungr sings Nina Simone.
Walking In The Sun
Love Me Tender
Waterloo Sunset
Every Grain of Sand
Chanson: The Space in Between
Ne Me Quitte Pas: Brel Songs by Various Artists
Durba Rising - Jungr, Bhamra & Churney
Hell Bent, Heaven Bounce II: Money The Final Frontier (Barb Jungr, Christine Collister, Helen Watson & Michael Parker.
Canada - Jungr & Parker


LondonLiveTV, 9th October 2018:

Is It Rolling, Bob:  Talking Bob Dylan podcast:

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