Our world is in a whirlwind of change. The American administration is caught in a web of lies and deceit; trust is at an all time low. In Britain, immigration is heavy on our minds, the troubles of Northern Ireland are in the news and we continue to march against war.
This is 1968.
The summer of love is over and done and in San Francisco the scene has long moved on. Bob Dylan is in Woodstock bringing up his children in his rural retreat and Joan Baez marries her activist. Meanwhile in Vietnam the Tet Offensive is in full swing and Hair prepares to open at The Public Theatre. Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis; he is only 39.
In Britain, Andrew Lloyd Webber begins his career with Tim Rice and their Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Coal mining in the Black Country ends and Enoch Powell warns that immigrants may “change the character of Britain”.
This is 1968 and these are the songs that gave us hope, courage and inspiration.
In their shared experiences, perspectives, and musical synergy, Barb and John recall, recreate and reinvent some of the most iconic and surprising anthems of this pivotal year. They are Born to Be Wild, they know the Preacher Man and sing of Revolution. They search for America and a Piece of Your Heart; they are Street Fighting Men and they hope for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
These are the songs of our time.
This is 1968.
Singer, performer and recording artist Barb Jungr is ”mesmerising” (New York Times), ”casually virtuosic” (Guardian), an ”alchemist among jazz singers” (Telegraph), possessing a voice which is “shockingly expressive, with an astonishing palette of colours” (Observer). Across her 40 year career she has been internationally acclaimed for combining immaculate vocal technique, impassioned performance, piercing insight and beautifully unexpected musical arrangements to reinterpret European and American popular songs in a manner which The New York Timesdescribed as ”revelatory”. As a live performer, Barb Jungr is always funny, and often hilarious. Like, intentionally. Cabaret Scenes described a performance in November 2016 as “the funniest hour of cabaret I’ve ever seen” from a “world-class raconteur”.
Over the past couple of years she has combined her solo work with performances as one half of a double act, for the first time since her legendary collaboration with Michael Parker in the 1980s. Teaming up with the horribly gifted John McDaniel, they have worked together to create an increasing number of very special shows.
When paired with Barb, John is a pianist, singer, arranger and partner in banter. He doesn’t even need to bother employing his vast experience as a conductor, a composer and a Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning producer of theatre, albums and television. After a childhood spent putting on shows in the basement of his home in St. Louis, Missouri, his only option was to metamorphose into Mr. Showbusiness. And so it came to pass that he has worked on Broadway as a conductor, musical director, and musical / vocal arranger. He has accompanied stars including Betty Buckley, Tyne Daly, Brooke Shields and Patti LuPone, whose 1995 one-woman show he arranged and conducted. He also spent seven years in living rooms across America as the Musical Director and bandleader on The Rosie O’Donnell Show.
In their shows together, Barb and John collide British cabaret nous with American musical theatre chutzpah and two phenomenal songbooks, to generate an embarrassment of talent and expertise. These are unique events, so be sure to catch them now. They’re both busy people living on either side of the Atlantic, and really can’t be expected to wait around for you to pull your finger out and get a babysitter sorted.
"Jungr and McDaniel's voices blend so perfectly, it's great they met, and this is eloquently displayed on numbers like 'Wrapped around Your Finger’.” " Barb's singular achievement is that she understands a fundamental point about cabaret – which is that it is about intimacy. You need to be you and you need to be able to look people in the eye. She's masterful at this and others could look and learn.” The American