Barb Jungr | Hard Rain - The Making Of

Barb Jungr & Laurence Hobgood |
"Shelter From The Storm" (Bob Dylan)

Barb Jungr | "Sara" (Bob Dylan)

Barb Jungr & John McDaniel |
"Come Together" (The Beatles)

Barb Jungr | "Blowin' in the Wind" (Bob Dylan)
"One of the best nightclub singers in the world."
- Time Out New York
“It’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave
had a lovechild who was adopted
by Carmen McCrae!”
- Glam Adelaide
"One of the best interpreters of Jacques
Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on
this angst-ridden planet today."
- The Village Voice

Barb Jungr’s powerful voice reaches across musical boundaries and defies easy categorization. Beginning as a singer and performer on the alternative cabaret circuit, Jungr earned numerous awards, including a Perrier. Never one to sit still, physically or artistically, she has evolved through the years into one of our finest and most distinctive singers. Her exhilarating vocal style fuses her sense of jazz, blues and soul with elements of everything from musical theatre to African and Iranian folk singing.

Born in Rochdale (UK) to Czech and German parents, Jungr sang in folk clubs at school and in jazz and blues bands at college and in London. She began recording for CBS in the late 1970s and toured with Kid Creole, Alexie Sayle, and Julian Clary, among others. Over four decades, she has never ceased performing, locally and internationally on stage, as well as appearing regularly on radio and television.

In 2016 she has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center in the Peggy Lee edition of the American Songbook series and in Palm Springs, California, in Michael Childer’s bi-annual, star-studded show One Night Only at the McCallum Theater. In May, Jungr released her latest CD, Shelter From the Storm: Songs of Hope for Troubled Times with the virtuosic contemporary jazz pianist, USA Grammy Award-winning Laurence Hobgood. Jungr and Hobgood launched the new collection with four nights at Joe’s Pub in New York and premiered it in London at the Soho jazz club PizzaExpress Live. In June, she appeared for the third time in sellout shows at the Adelaide and Brisbane Cabaret Festivals and toured in Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay and Canberra.

With a devoted following in the UK, Jungr has also built a major fan base in the US and earned many awards there for her CDs and performances (Broadway World award for Hard Rain in 2014, the Time Out New York Cabaret Nightlife Award for Outstanding Vocalist, and the Backstage Award for Best International Artist, to name just a few). The New York Times called Jungr “a fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor.” The Wall Street Journal considered her Bob Dylan album Every Grain of Sand, now regarded as a cult classic album, “the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.”

Jungr has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers in the UK. With Mark-Anthony Turnage, she wrote About Water, which she sang at the reopening of the Southbank Centre with the London Sinfonietta. Recently she was a featured artist in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Corby musicians and singers in the Deep Roots Tall Trees project, of which she is artistic director and for which she continues to work.

Jungr’s extensive radio and TV appearances in the UK include BBC Radio 4’s Start The Week, A Good Read, Saturday Review, Front Row, and Saturday Live. On BBC4 TV she has appeared as an expert on Edith 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 US she is currently featured in an hour-long performance for the nationally shown TV series, The Kate.

Jungr’s artistic endeavors have never been limited to singing. With The Little Angel, Britain’s leading puppet theatre for children, she composed and wrote The Fabulous Flutterbys. Most recently she co-adapted, with Director Peter Glanville, and wrote the lyrics and music for Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, which continues to be hugely successful. After its London premiere, The Little Angel production has toured the country four times, is currently doing another London run, and continues to tour through autumn 2016. In October, London’s renowned children’s Polka Theatre will stage How To Hide A Lion, for which Jungr is writing the music and lyrics.

Her collection of Beatles songs, arranged and performed with the acclaimed Emmy- and Grammy-winning musical director and composer John McDaniel, was released in autumn 2016. Come Together is already garnering more rave reviews, and Jungr appears in this alongside further dates in the US in 2016 and 2017.

In 2017 she will tour her Bob Dylan repertoire with a vinyl re-release celebrating her first Dylan album, 2002’s Every Grain of Sand.


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★★★★★ The Independent (live review)
★★★★ The Times (live review)
★★★★ The Daily Mirror (album review)
★★★★ The Independent (album review)
★★★★ I Paper (album review)
★★★★ Jazzwise (album review)
8/10 Uncut (Hard Rain album review)
Awards for Barb Jungr
• Broadway World Award for best cabaret CD of 2014: Hard Rain

• Time Out New York Best Cabaret CD of 2010: Barb Jungr: The Men I Love

• Time Out New York Best Cabaret Show of 2009: The Men I Love at Café Carlyle

• Time Out New York Best Cabaret Show, 2008

• Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist, 2008

• Backstage Award for Best International Artist, 2003
Select Press Quotes

"[Jungr and McDaniel interpreting the music of Sting is] a match made in musical heaven."
- Theater Life

"The most significant vocal album [Every Grain of Sand -- Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan] of the 21st century."
- Wall Street Journal

"Possibly [our] best interpreter of Dylan’s songs."
- Billy Bragg

"Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe’s cabaret music perform a subtle dance in Jungr’s consciousness."
- The Guardian

"A fantastic English singer... I was just amazed by her voice..."
- Jeremy Irons on Desert Island Discs

"[Jungr] brings the same creativity for reinterpretation and re-examination that Ella Fitzgerald brought to Cole Porter."
- Wall Street Journal

"Barb Jungr's art makes a grand argument for her being the most innovative singer in jazz since Cassandra Wilson."
- All About Jazz

“Arguably the finest cabaret singer in recent times, Barb Jungr’s album Chanson: The Space In Between (Linn Records) shows real soul: it’s quirky, intelligent cabaret music of the highest order."
- The Rough Guide To Cult Pop

"With reverent respect to Cole Porter, this music is the North American Songbook’s climax, revealed by its greatest interpreter.”
- The Independent

"The brilliant jazz singer on world beating form. She is truly a marvel, who should not be missed."
- The Telegraph