Internationally acclaimed singer, performer and writer Barb Jungr was born in Rochdale and grew up in Stockport.
From Leeds University she moved to London in the mid 1970â€™s and became part of the early alternative cabaret circuit performing and recording with the cult vocal harmony group The Three Courgettes after which she formed a 12 year song writing and musical partnership with the blues guitarist, songwriter and singer Michael Parker. Together they played all over the world, recorded and released a number of albums, worked extensively with comedians Julian Clary and Arnold Brown, supported Alexei Sayle on tour and appeared on radio and television.
After going solo in the 1990â€™s Jungr created the harmony shows Hell Bent Heaven Bound with Parker, Christine Collister Ian Shaw and Helen Watson. These toured the UK and played the Edinburgh Festival and were invited to the Vancouver and Winnipeg festivals, in Canada. She recorded a CD, Durga Rising with the Bhangra producer and percussionist Kuljit Bhamra. After creating a series of shows and releasing the album Bare on Irregular records she was invited to record for Glasgow based Linn Records, releasing Chanson: The Space In Between in 2000, centred around a series of new English translations of classic French chansons. In 2002 she released Every Grain Of Sand, a highly acclaimed album of new arrangements of Bob Dylanâ€™s songs, followed by Waterloo Sunset in 2003. In 2004 she researched and recorded Love Me Tender, an album of songs recorded by Elvis Presley for release in March 2005.
In 2002 The British Council supported Jungrâ€™s three week run at New Yorkâ€™s Flea Theatre, for which she won the Backstage Award for Best International Artist. She has since continued to appear regularly in New York, performing at Joeâ€™s Pub and Mama Roseâ€™s.
As well as her solo recordings, performances and tours Jungr has worked with the Amici multi disciplinary dance troupe, has directed and produced the work of other artists and collaborated with composer Jonathan Cooper on his â€˜Moon Behind The Cloudsâ€™ song cycle. She was featured in Simon Armitageâ€™s award winning, millennial poem Channel 4 film, directed by director Brian Hill and she created the sell-out cabaret show â€˜Girl Talkâ€™ with the top British singers Mari Wilson and Claire Martin which tours frequently and is being developed for radio and television. Her interest in vocal music grew as she toured some of the more remote parts of the world giving concerts and hosting workshops with local musicians and singers: (Sudan, Malawi, Cameroon, Burma, Tanzania, The Yemen, Cote Dâ€™Ivoire, Sri Lanka) and she, has lectured, written and broadcast extensively and internationally on vocal techniques and singing and has been published in The Guardian, Folk Roots, Jazzwise and The Sunday Times News Review . She has been a regular feature writer and columnist for The Singer since 1996. She contributed the chapter on â€˜Voiceâ€™ to The Cambridge Companion To Blues and Gospel (2003, edited by Professor Allan Moore) an essay to the Institute Of ideas book â€˜On Commitmentâ€™ (2002) and has written a series of essays on the work and music of Yoko Ono for â€˜Woman; The Incredible Life of Yoko Onoâ€™ (Chrome Dreams, 2004).
She is the lyricist for the Birmingham Stage Companyâ€™s new production of The Jungle Book, and has written countless topical songs for BBC radio most recently for The Verb, BBC Radio 3. Barb Jungr has written the musical â€˜The Ballad Of Norahâ€™s Arkâ€™ with Russell Churney and Andy Goldberg, currently in development in New York and is a regular guest contributor and performer on BBC Radio.
A long time student of Aikido her current interests are in breathing techniques, yoga, walking, travel, and peace.