Over the years, vocalist Barb Jungr has been a regular and significant face on the UK cabaret circuit with a diverse repertoire and a unique vocal style that has rightly seen her hailed as one of this country’s greatest song stylists.
Jungr’s back catalogue features collections from the likes of Jacques Brel, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley but her new album, Stockport To Memphis due for release next month has been inspired by a deep affection of her home town and features a selection of songs written by Jungr herself. Taking advantage of this week-long residency at the Matcham Room, Jungr gives us a taste of the new album, performed live for the first time with Simon Wallace on piano and a full band.
The collection includes a mix of numbers ranging from Rod Argent’s upbeat classic She’s (He’s) Not There offering a sense of period and rhythm to the more sublime, self-penned Sunset To Break Your Heart. An accomplished harmonica player, Jungr adds piquancy to her own Till My Broken Heart Begins To Mend and showcases astonishing vocal technique in Tom Waits’ Way Down In The Hole that is simply mesmerising. Personal highlights include Urban Fox, offering a quirky take on city life, the gutsy title number Stockport To Memphis, illustrating Jungr’s passion for her hometown and a view of growing up in the north with Last Orders, Mersey Square.
Passionate, playful and distinctly individual, Stockport To Memphis may make a great addition to Jungr’s back catalogue of albums but nothing holds a candle to this artist performing live.