REVIEW: Barb Jungr, Diss Corn Hall

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Barb Jungr has built up a reputation as an adept singer in interpreting modern songs in jazz stylings, especially those of Bob Dylan.

Accompanied by her pianist, arranger and producer Simon Wallace, she gave a master class in mixing jazz, cabaret and performance art along with humorous anecdotes and asides.

Opening with Dylan’s ‘It’s Alright Ma..’, followed by Cohen’s ‘Who By Fire’ the choice of numbers mixed dark comedy and thought provoking lines, turning the phrases into new meanings, where as numbers like ‘Blind Willie McTell remained a memory of a past age whilst ‘Everything Has Changed’ reminded us that, to date, this is Dylan’s only Oscar for Best Song from ‘The Wonder Boys’

The 47 verses of ‘Chimes of Freedom, was superbly performed in such a way that the length didn’t feel an issue, while ‘Masters Of War brought a performance that gave feeling to the piece.

The second half began with Cohen’s ‘Everybody Knows’ and the evening concluded with a rousing version of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’.

It can only be hoped that if there’s a return visit we might be treated to her interpretations of songs by Springsteen, Tom Waits and Neil Young, amongst others.

NIGEL FILBY