Barb Jungr sings Nina Simone
Barb’s hymn to Nina
This article is from 2008.
Barb Jungr has turned to the music of Nina Simone for her latest project, following the release of her Just Like a Woman album (a title that also neatly evokes her earlier Dylan project) with this live show dedicated to the woman whose voice and musical philosophy she grew up loving. She gives short shrift to those – and I have to include myself in this category – who found Ms Simone’s style a wee bit over-cooked too much of the time.
‘Nina sang and played with everything she had, and she took songs and inspiration from everything in her life and world. This was both her strength and her weakness, for that full commitment, that passion, is too strong a flavour for those of faint heart,’ she states. Hmmm. I’ll pass, but those not of faint heart should enjoy Jungr’s particular take on Simone in what she calls her ‘Hymn to Nina’.
Queen’s Hall, 6 & 7 Aug, 7.30pm, £15 (£13).