Barb wired for sound of a Dylan songbook

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THERE can be fewer more suitable birthday gifts than having someone heralded as one of the world’s best nightclub singers reinterpreting your songs for a new album.

Okay, so maybe Bob Dylan – celebrating his 70th this month – wouldn’t be that bothered but certainly Barb Jungr’s take of his songs on her album Man In The Long Black Coat has brought acclaim ahead of its release on May 30.

Tomorrow she heads for Sheffield venue The Greystones, and she is regarded by one critic as “the foremost interpreter of Dylan’s back catalogue”.

It marks the culmination of a decade-long affair with the work of the icon. As Barb states: “Once I had started singing Dylan’s songs I couldn’t stop.”