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Barb Jungr – HARD RAIN – the songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen

I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard,
and it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

from ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ by Bob Dylan

Barb Jungr has been described by Billy Bragg as “possibly our greatest interpreter of Dylan’s songs”. Fortunately, she’s no slouch with Leonard Cohen’s either. In Hard Rain she brings together these two colossal talents, to reinterpret some of their most political and monumental work. With material drawn from her 2014 album of the same name, this is dark, potent and angry stuff, just perfect for a fun night out – get that babysitter booked now.

Fortunately, these brilliant writers’ sardonic wit coupled with Barb’s unquenchable life force and freewheeling humour make this a thrilling and cathartic evening. And it’s not only the person writing this copy who thinks so. Both the show and album have been lavished with praise, with the show selling out a three week New York run, and two nights at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2016.

The lyrics of many of the songs in this show are more terrifyingly pertinent than ever. And it’s possible that Dylan and Cohen’s shared gift of prophesy has rubbed off a bit on Barb. Her bleary third eye must have blinked into focus when choosing the title of the evening, as ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ was the song selected by Patti Smith to represent Dylan’s work at his Nobel Prize ceremony in December 2016.

These songs, some of them 50 years old, speak to us urgently about the world we’re living in right now. So chuck the glitter curtain and the chrome bar stool on the fire; this is cabaret which means business.

FEATURED SONGS INCLUDE

Blind Willie McTell; Blowin’ in the Wind; Chimes of Freedom; Everybody Knows; First We Take Manhattan; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

REVIEWS

“Barb Jungr interprets [Dylan and Cohen’s] work with a ferocity and truthfulness that demolishes every cover version you’ve ever heard” (New York Times on Hard Rain – live show)

“this music is the North American songbook’s climax, revealed by its greatest interpreter” (Independent on Hard Rain – live show)

“it’s as if Edith Piaf and Nick Cave had a love-child, who was adopted by Carmen McRae” (Glam Adelaide on Hard Rain – live show)

“to give such standards precious new life is quite an achievement” (Uncut on Hard Rain – album)

“it’s more than alright, Ma” (MOJO on Hard Rain – album)

Book a table for pre-concert dining

Acapela Studio provides pre-concert dining between 6.00pm and 7.45pm from our wood burning pizza oven. To view the current menu visit here.  To book a table online, select the date of your event, number of diners and time you require table. The times shown are the only vacancies left.  Please complete your email and phone number as this is required to ensure your table is allocated. You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and text.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE RELIES ON THE INCOME FROM DINING TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK ALL THE GREAT ACTS PERFORMING.

  • All seating at tables must purchase a pizza - so please do not book a table if not eating.
  • Please ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before the time slot allocated to order your pizzas prior to your booking time.
  • Tables not seated within 15 minutes of the allocated time may be lost and allocated to other audience members wishing to order pizzas.
  • If you wish to book a table for 8 or more please email info@acapela.co.uk

Please note that all of our pizzas are made fresh to order and cooked in an authentic wood-fired oven. It may take up to 45 minutes to be served during busy periods.

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