“The alchemist among jazz singers…electrifying….she is in the top tank of jazz singers…she is truly a marvel who should not be missed” (The Telegraph)
Barb is thrilled to start her autumn tour Of Bob, Brel and Me at The Cinnamon Club as she returns to two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole career.
In this brand new collection for 2019, Barb turns her acclaimed ability at reinvention and reinterpretation to a set of Dylan and Brel songs she has never tackled before on stage, all in original arrangements. They include ‘Les cœurs tendres’ (The tender hearts), ‘Voir un ami pleurer’ (To see a friend break down and cry), ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ and ‘This Wheel’s on Fire’. Placed alongside them will be some of Barb’s own songs, written with a number of wonderful collaborators including Level 42’s Mike Lindup.
“It’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a love-child, who was adopted by Carmen McRae” (Glam Adelaide)
Any performance of an existing song is a conversation between the writer and the singer, and the conversation between Bob, Brel and Barb is a particularly stimulating one, not least because of the way in which gender informs all of their work. Things could get heated. Uh-oh.
“one of the world’s great cabaret singers” (Time Out New York)
Barb can’t wait to scale the mountainous heights of the work of these two extraordinary writers, navigating its complex emotional terrain and traversing its ravines of love, sadness and anger. Why not slip on your crampons and join her for the climb? Bring your own Kendal mint cake.
“one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst-ridden planet today” (VILLAGE VOICE)