Born: May 9, 1954 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
After an extraordinarily successful 2010, with her new CD The Men I Love released on Naim Label, appearances on NY1 and BBC Breakfast TV, a sellout tour of Australia, several highly praised shows in New York, and performances for the first time in St Louis, Cleveland and San Francisco, Barb Jungr is celebrating 2011 with touring the UK with a new live Dylan collection, reforming Girl Talk with Mari Wilson and Gwyneth Herbert, and collaborating again with Kuljit Bhamra and Simon Wallace on Durga Rising.
With rave reviews internationally and two New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, approach to arrangements and interpretation of song. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Reords and Naim Label, and revelatory live performances have brought her to the world stage and revealed her to be one of Europe's most exciting voices.
Critics have compared Jungr to Nina Simone and Peggy Lee, called her a British Edith Piaf, one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today (Village Voice, New York) one of the best nightclub singers in the world (Time Out New York) and “mesmerizing” (The New York Times).
She has worked with some of the finest musicians and composers in the UK, has toured all over the world for the British Council in the 1990's (Malawi, Cameroon, The Yemen, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cote D'Ivoire, Sudan) recently appeared in Australia (2006, 2007 and a sellout tour in 2010), toured Norway and has appeared in Holland and often in New York (several seasons at The Cafe Carlyle and Metropolitan Room), and at Joe's Pub.
Singer and writer Barb Jungr was born and raised in the northwest of England. She worked with now legendary comedians and performers on the emerging Alternative Cabaret circuit in the UK (Julian Clary, Alexei Sayle, Arnold Brown) before beginning to create the themed shows which became her trademark and led her to the attention of Linn Records with whom she subsequently released 6 records before moving to the Naim label in 2010 for her latest release, The Men I Love.
she draws out the stories the words tell with the focus of a fine actress Downbeat Magazine, **** (4 stars)
Jungr combines touring with her work as a respected writer and lyricist, her credits include The Jungle Book, (Birmingham Stage Company), The Fabulous Flutterbys, (The Little Angel Theatre), Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and Dick Whittington for The Newbury Corn Exchange,and Mabel Stark Tiger Tamer currently in development for Northampton Royal and Derngate.
In spring 2011 she toured the UK.
In the Autumn Of 2011 Barb tours the USA with dates in San Francisco, Hollywood, New York and Austin Texas.
Barb is based in London.
Bob Dylan, jazz, northern soul, Nina Simone and continental Europe's cabaret music perform a subtle dance in singer Jungr's consciousness... The Guardian
astute...simmering....intelligent --The Sunday Times
Magnificent ...Jungr's voice is truly a thing of wonder --The Daily Express
The Men I Love, The New American Songbook (NAIMCD144, 2010)
Just Like A Woman, Hymn To Nina, Barb Jungr Sings Nina Simone (Linn Records, AKD 309, 2008)
Walking In The Sun (Linn Records AKD 283, 2006)
Love Me Tender (Linn Records AKD 255, 2005)
Waterloo Sunset (Linn Records AKD 222, 2003)
Every Grain Of Sand (Linn Records AKD 187, 2002)
Chanson, The Space In Between (Linn RecordsAKD 129, 2000)
Bare (Irregular Records IRR 039, 1999)
Bare Again (ZC Music Group, ZC9010, 2008)
Durga Rising(Keda Records, 2011)
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