Bar Jungr Offic…

Bar Jungr Offical Fan Club Newsletter – The News from Pimlico Edition 4

Stockport to Memphis Special Edition!

You are reading the special extra edition of the News from Pimlico, the Stockport to Memphis issue.
If you’re a new subscriber, welcome! 
 
Yes, the wait is almost over…the release date for Stockport to Memphis is coming up on the 22nd of October. I know all the fans are waiting eagerly to listen to what looks to be Barb’s best album to date.
 
This newsletter will focus on all things Stockport to Memphis. Please spread the word to anyone that would appreciate the wonderful music Barb created with dedicated and talented team of people.
 
Barb launched Stockport to Memphis in style at the Hippodrome in London at the end of September and I’ve heard fantastic things from the lucky people who saw the show. She will be performing the show throughout the UK and beyond, and there’ll be information on that here, also.
 
The Ask Barb! Q & A column has expanded for this issue and is dedicated exclusively to the Stockport to Memphis related questions.
 
Big thanks to the guest contributors Janet Hasley and Bob McCluckie and Mac Castro for his assistance. 
 
We would like to make the News from Pimlico better – we welcome any ideas and suggestions for the future issues.
 
We also would love to hear from the fellow Barb fans – if you’d like to:

  • Talk about your favourite song/album/performance by Barb or write reviews – we especially invite you to send in reviews for Stockport to Memphis album and shows!
  • Share stories about how you discovered Barb’s music
  • Ask questions you’d like to ask Barb for the Q & A segment
  • Send in photos/YouTube clips from Barb’s live shows
  • Give feedback on the articles – which ones did you enjoy the most/would like to see more/less of 

Please email them all to barbjungrfanclub@gmail.com – thank you!
 
The full format will return in the 5th edition. See you all next time.
 
In this issue, we feature:

  • Barb’s message
  • Stockport to Memphis album – 20% special Fan Club member discount
  • Stockport to Memphis London launch photos
  • Barb’s revamped website 
  • Gig reports by Janet Halsey
  • Upcoming live dates
  • Ask Barb! – Stockport to Memphis Q&A section 
  • Fan’s corner – Bob McCluckie
  • Barb’s YouTube channel update

  

Message from Barb
 

I want to thank everyone who subscribes to this newsletter for their support and good wishes through recent times. I am embarking on a new phase of writing and recording and Stockport to Memphis is a really huge step for me. I’m beyond thrilled with the design of the work and Simon Wallace’s production, and am indebted to all the wonderful musicians who played on the album.

I’m performing around the country in coming months and with luck outside the country too – all details will go onto the website.
 
There is a new Facebook page for Stockport to Memphis – click here.
 
Dylan and I will continue to post interesting videos, links, photos and anything else there to do with this project and album. Please do ‘like’ it and come and comment. There is also a YouTube playlist of both videos I am making for the tracks and also live recordings of the new Stockport to Memphis R’n’B Band.

You can see these here, again, please share the videos and comment on them, it helps our reach and expands our pool of people.
 
I look forward to hearing from you and am filled with gratitude to Lena for beginning and sustaining this newsletter.
 
Namaste, Barb xxx

(Photo by Emily Dennison)

Photos from the Hippodrome

At the Hippodrome – Photo by Garry Laybourne

At the Hippodrome, Stockport to Memphis launch – Photo by Garry Laybourne

At the Hippodrome – Stockport to Memphis launch. Neville Malcolm on bass. Photo by Garry Laybourne

At the Hippodrome – With Ian Richardson and Rosalee after the show. Photo by Gerald Sharp Photography

Ask Barb! Q & A: Stockport to Memphis 

In each newsletter, Barb will answer a few questions from the fans.
This is an expanded edition with many questions on Stockport to Memphis. Enjoy!

The album charts your life to date. What kind of self-discovery have you made in that time?

It’s all in the album.
 
How long have you been wanting to record an album like Stockport to Memphis?

It came as an idea and we started working on it immediately.

On your new album, the song Till the Broken Heart Begins to Mend is from your Jungr and Parker days. How did the duo begin, and what was it like to write songs and perform with him?

I met Michael when we were both in The Three Courgettes.

He was a guitarist and singer. There is nothing he didn’t know about American music – country and western, blues and jazz, he was a mine of information. We worked together for 12 years.

Writing with Michael was always fun. He was a master of phrases – Till My Broken Heart begins with the line “think I’m going slowly round the bend” and that was a typical lyric – sweet and real and personal. I love Michael Parker. 
 
You and Michael Parker subsequently went on a tour to Africa, giving workshops. What do you remember the most about the trip?
 
There were so many. The first was to Sudan, and I subsequently wrote a massive piece about it for Folk Roots. Seeing the Nile was amazing. The birds, the position and shapes of the moon, the birdsong, everything was amazing in the real use of that word. We had our tiny minds blown apart. We met people there who are still friends of mine today. 

In Sudan, we visited not only Khartoum and Omdurman but drove for 8 hours and stayed in a city in the middle of the country – El Obeid. I saw mirages, and camels, and the song “Little Donkey” played constantly in my head.
 
Memphis has been the setting for so many great albums over the years.  Which one’s your favourite?

All the Sun recordings – the greatest singers and soul singers came through that city one way or another – its mind-blowing the effect it’s had on popular music, and particularly the musics I love. 

Which songs took the quickest and the longest time to record on this album?

It doesn’t really work that way. Some arrangements take longer, and some things you refine more. But they’re all subjected to the same level of scrutiny.
 
What would the Barb of today say to her younger self in Stockport?

You’ve no idea where the road is going to take you. Fasten your seat belt, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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*There will be more Stockport to Memphis Q&A in the future issues. 

(Photo by Emily Dennison)

Send your questions to barbjungrfanclub@gmail.com and we’ll forward them on to Barb 🙂

The Gig Report: The Stables Wavendon

 September 15, 2012
By Janet Halsey

The Stables is situated in the grounds of the home of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, who had a vision of developing the existing Stables situated in some outbuildings at their home to a purpose built auditorium that could be used not only for jazz but as a venue for a range of concerts, entertainment and educational activities.
 
We arrived early at the venue in order to dine at their restaurant before the performance. Barb and her accompanist Jenny Carr were sitting outside enjoying the view and we were able to talk to them before eating.
 
The programme was one of the last of Barb’s Bob Dylan concerts before the start of her Stockport to Memphis launch.We have heard the programme many times over the year but it never stops to amaze us that it is always somehow different.
 
Barb’s love of Dylan’s songs shone through. There were problems with the sound system throughout the first set but Barb rose above it and did not let the problems spoil people’s enjoyment.
 
The difficulties were overcome during the break and the sound system was perfect for the second half of the programme.
 
The audience were very appreciative of Barb and Jenny’s performance. Many of the audience were seeing them for the first time and there was much discussion afterwards about how much they had enjoyed the evening. This was also evident by the number of people who bought the CDs and were delighted when Barb signed them at the end of the evening.

 

People queueing up to get their CDs signed after the show.

Barb signing her CDs.

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Stockport to Memphis – the countdown begins!

Barb’s much anticipated new album, Stockport to Memphis is due to be released on Naim Jazz (naimcd179) on 22nd October.
Click here to get all the information on the album on Barb’s website.

She launched Stockport and Memphis at the Hippodrome and word has it that she was spectacular, but would you expect anything less?! Here is the review of the show by Paul Vale of The Stage.

‘Like’ Stockport to Memphis page on Facebook and keep up to date on the latest news.
 

Special 20% discount for the Fan Club members

The Fan Club member will receive 20% off when they purchase Stockport to Memphis!!

Please follow these steps when placing the order to claim your discount.
To use the code, you must first have an account with Naim Label.

  1. Click here to register to create an account or sign in.
  2. Click here and go to the Stockport to Memphis page to place the order.
  3. Click on the “Buy Now” button, available at the top right of the page.
  4. At the bottom of this page, enter the discount code SPTMPO1201in the ‘Promotion Code’ box.
  5. Click the ‘Add’ button (important!) then you should see a price reduction of 20%.
  6. From there, simply follow the payment instructions to complete your order.

YouTube Channel Update

Have you had a look around on Barb’s YouTube Channel yet?
 
It features playlists of all her repertoire works – Dylan, Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Springsteen, blues, R’n’B, jazz, soul, cabaret, live shows, animations, original work, original videos, interviews, TV appearances and more.
 
The live performances are from her tours in the UK, USA, Australia and other countries.
 
In the last few weeks, clips of her Stockport to Memphis launch at the Hippodrome as well as the brilliant video of the title track of her new album have been uploaded.
Click here to watch the latest clips!

Videos of her performance at the Ed Fringe have also been uploaded last month.
 
It’s constantly being updated with new clips of her songs and shows. 
Subscribe to her channel and you’ll never miss the new uploads. 
 
Click here to visit the channel.

Barb’s official website revamped

Barb’s official website has been Stockport to Memphisified! 
It’s a one-stop-shop for all Barb Jungr related matters. You can get all the info, including all her albums, news, live dates, links, her past/present/future projects and much more.
Take a moment to browse the new-look website and see what’s happening at the Barb Jungr headquarters.
www.barbjungr.co.uk

Fan’s Corner – Bob McCluckie

By Bob McCluckie
Manchester, UK

I first discovered Barb’s live music a few years ago when she did a gig at the Royal Northern College of Music. I was aware of some of her songs from her move to the audiophile hifi company Naim’s music label.  
 
I took my wife along and what a performance! My wife left raving about what she had heard. Subsequently we caught up with her in the intimate confines of the Cinammon Club in Bowden. This night was even better. Barb close enough to touch was in fine form with her singing immaculate as always but also with her chat and the pianist was brilliant too! Unfortunately her visits back home “oop North” aren’t frequent enough and invariably clash with other things in our schedules.
 
We will however be reacquainting ourselves with our favourite Stockport chanteuse as soon as possible!

Live Dates: October – November

Lots of great shows coming up as Barb takes Stockport to Memphis and other shows around the UK. Say hello to her, get your CDs signed and take a photo with her after the show!

October 
11th Thurs, Portsmouth, Guildhall – Stockport to Memphis

Guildhall Square, Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2AB
Click here for more info and bookings.
 
13th Sat, Marsden – Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan
Marsden Jazz Festival @The Mechanics Hall. Peel Street, Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6BW
Click here for more info and bookings.
 
17th Wed, Canterbury – Stockport to Memphis, with Simon Wallace on piano 
Canterbury Festival @ The Festival Club St Alphege’s, St. Alphege Lane, Canterbury CT1 2EB
Click here for more info and tickets.
 

19th Fri, Newton Tony
@ Newton Tony Memorial Hall, Newton Tony, Wiltshire, SP4 0HF
Tickets on door or via Joanna atdewfall@talktalk.net

20th Sat, Brinkworth 
@ Brinkworth Village Hall, The Street, Wiltshire, SN15 5AE
Tickets enquiries Yvonne atvon.chamberlain@btinternet.com

21st Sun, London – Barb Jungr -The Battle of Ideas round table discussiion guest speaker “No Future: Has pop lost its radical edge?” 
The Battle of Ideas @ The BarbicanSilk Street London EC2Y 8DS
Click here for more info and bookings.

November

2nd Fri, Brookthorpe
Brookthorp Village Hall, Gloucestershire
 
3rd, Sat, Box
Box Village Hall, Gloucestershire

9th Fri, Barton on Humber – Stockport to Memphis with Simon Wallace on piano
The Ropery Hall, Maltkiln Road, Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5JT
Click here for more info and bookings.

10th Sat, Corby – Deep Roots, Tall Trees: A Corby Song Cycle with Jenny Carr on Piano 
Barb Jungr celebrates Core’s 2nd Birthday with a brand new song cycle inspired by the people and stories of Corby.
@ The Core at the Corby Cube,Parkland Gateway, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG 
Bookings 01536 470470
 
16th, Fri: Shoreham – A Celebration of Brel with guests
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG
Click here for more info and bookings.
 
17th, Sat: Hemel Hempstead –Stockport to Memphis
The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, High Street Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP13AE

Click here for info and bookings.

23rd, Fri: South Brent
@South Brent Primary School, Totnes Road South Brent, Devon TQ10 9JN

24th Sat: Northleigh
@ Northleigh Village Hall, South Devon EX24 6BJ 

26th Mon and 27th, Tues: London –Barb Jungr, Stockport to Memphis with Simon Wallace and Jenny Carr on piano and keyboards
Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho,10 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1V 5RL
For the 26th’s tickets and info, click here. For the 27th’s tickets and info, click here.

29th Thurs and 30th Fri: Liverpool, –Barb Jungr, Stockport to Memphis
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall  Rodewald Suite, Hope Street  L1 9BP
Click here for more info and bookings.

For live dates beyond November,click here.

(Photo by Emily Dennison)

Gig Report: Vortex Jazz Club, London

June 23, 2012
By Janet Halsey 
 
Having missed Barb’s Songs of Summer show at the Pump house in Aldeburgh, My husband and I caught up with them in June at The Vortex Jazz Club, which is run entirely by volunteers. Barb was accompanied by Jenny Carr on piano.
 
In way of introduction Barb quickly expelled any thoughts of a happy programme saying, “If you think that you have come here to listen to happy songs – well you’re not.”
 
The evening comprised of some ‘happy songs’ e.g. “Beautiful Life”, “Feeling Good”, “I’m a Believer”, songs of utter desolation and depression, e.g. “Lilac Wine”, “Ode to Billy Joe”, “Rainy Day” as well as songs of Bob Dylan e.g. “If Not For You”, “I’ll be Your Baby Tonight”. The programme finished with the hope for a brighter future with George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”. The programme consisted of a cross section of songs from a range of Barb’s CDs.
 
Outside, the rain was teeming down, but inside was a warm atmosphere, with an attentive audience that hung on every word of the introductions and songs. The evening ended with loud applause and calls for more.
 
We left the Vortex, stepping out into the torrential rain, which could not dampen our spirits. We were filled with warmth and elation while waiting for our taxi in the rain.
 

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