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Barb Jungr: Hard Rain

        City of London Festival
The UK’s finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr returns to the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with her album Hard Rain. Barb has been taking this wonderful collection of material on the road since February 2014. Over the past few years the British chanteuse has been wowing critics and audiences alike at home and abroad with her insightful, intelligent interpretations of well-loved songs combined with her powerful and often witty performance style. Barb’s shows in NYC have now reached legendary status, with her latest season there completely selling out – don’t miss one of Britain’s best kept secrets live on her home turf.

        City of London Festival
The UK’s finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr returns to the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with her album Hard Rain. Barb has been taking this wonderful collection of material on the road since February 2014. Over the past few years the British chanteuse has been wowing critics and audiences alike at home and abroad with her insightful, intelligent interpretations of well-loved songs combined with her powerful and often witty performance style. Barb’s shows in NYC have now reached legendary status, with her latest season there completely selling out – don’t miss one of Britain’s best kept secrets live on her home turf.

Often referred to as ‘the politicised chansonnier’ and cited as one of the world’s best performers of Dylan’s material, Barb turns to six of his most politically hard-hitting songs along with five of Leonard Cohen’s most impassioned songs of conscience. Barb’s selection for Hard Rain reflects her personal despair with the political times that we live in and she has deliberately chosen songs that resonate as strongly today as they did when they were originally written: Blowin’ In The Wind is now 51 years old and its sentiments are as relevant today as they ever were.

‘In 2002, the British singer Barb Jungr released ‘Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan: Every Grain of San’, which is, as far as I’m concerned, the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.’The Wall Street Journal

‘The only word to describe her dramatic interpretations is revelatory…..I was open mouthed with astonishment.’New York Times 

‘Jungr demonstrated her startling ability to cut straight to a song’s emotional core, conveying the heartbreaking journey from youthful fantasy to crushing reality. With minimalist arrangements and unusually slow tempos, Jungr focuses her attention squarely on melody and lyrics, drawing us into the story within each song as she makes it hers – and ours.’The Melbourne Age

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain
City of London Festival
Friday 26 June, 7.30pm
Tuesday June 23: Barb sings Nina Simone

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