It is not that often that one of our booked performers steps off a plane hot from a sell-out run in New York USA, to whizz up to Spalding with the same gig.
But this is what British cabaret singer extraordinaire Barb Jungr is doing later this week.
Barb, who has had a long association with Lincolnshire arts venues as a performer and workshop leader, brings her latest show ‘Hard Rain – The songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen’ to the South Holland on Friday, November 14, before setting out on UK tour.
Over the past decade Barb has built an international reputation for her interpretation of Bob Dylan songs. On the release of her Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan: Every Grain of Sand album a few years ago, the New York Times critic commented that it was “… the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far”.
Earlier this year she went further, releasing Hard Rain which alongside further delving into Dylan’s work, also took a long hard look at the songs of that other icon of 20th century song-writing Leonard Cohen.
Receiving four- and five-star reviews across the media, and cited as a Mercury Prize contender in the Independent, the Sunday Times summed up opinion of Hard Rain like this: “Once again, the British singer finds new paths through what, at first glance, might seem familiar material... simply heart-stopping. Jungr’s attention to timbre and nuance brings new depth to every syllable.”
Barb’s concerts, which are accompanied by wonderful pianist Simon Wallace, are an emotional experience.
Her aim – to invite us to listen to the words of these two great song-smiths anew, and bring out meaning that hits home in today’s complicated world.
An enriching experience for fans of Dylan and Cohen, and those who simply appreciate seeing a charismatic singer at the height of her power.