Barb Jungr Sings Dylan
- Kenny Mathieson
- 16 August 2007
This article is from 2007.
Fringe vet is whacked by Dylan
Barb Jungr’s cabaret-influenced take on the songs of Bob Dylan is certainly a distinctive one, but it proved very effective on disc when the Glasgow-based Linn Records issued Every Grain of Sand back in 2002, and should do likewise in this outing. The singer admitted that taking on such an iconic repertorie was a risky one, but – having tackled Elvis as well – she clearly likes a challenge.
‘I’m never so interested in ideas that come very consciously – the ones I like best are the ones that sneak up and whack me. It’s all very much about gut feeling. It’s a bit like Newton sitting under an apple tree for ages, and then an apple suddenly falls on your head. The Dylan project was like that – it just hit me, and my first reaction was, “don’t be insane!” Mind you, some people still think I must have been.’ (Kenny Mathieson)
Assembly@Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, 20 Aug, 7.30pm, £15 (£13).