Barb Jungr - Live Review (Edinburgh Fringe) - Scots Gay

17 August 2009
Scots Gay
Selina Smith

Having been voted top Cabaret show 2008 and following a highly successful series of concerts in New York's ‘Cafe' Carlyle', Barb returns to this year's Festival Fringe, turning her attention to a collection of war and peace songs from some of the best contemporary singer, songwriters of the last 50 years.  Very fitting, given that this weekend is the 40th anniversary of ‘Woodstock'.

Barb herself freely admits that this time round the songs that she has chosen are fairly dark and depressing, but yet so relevant in today's world.

Barb's uncanny ability to unravel each song, giving it its own unique style; is done so with such enthusiasm, passion and intelligence. It allows the audience to savour each word, without making them feel uneasy as they listen to the likes of Leonard Cohen's ‘The Partisan' and Dory Previn's ‘Doppelgangers'. In part this is due to the funny anecdotes Barb tells throughout the show. In particular; Rod Stewart on a beach Devon, had the audience in stitches.

A must see for anyone who appreciates a superbly talented songstress with a comedic charm.

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