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June 23, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Concert Hall, June 17 Teen idols may routinely receive such adoration, but it’s rare when the house is full of adults. Thankfully Kristin Chenoweth was already used to unconditional love. She told us she gets it from her Maltese terrier, too. In case any interlopers had strayed into the wrong…

June 23, 2013 / Concert Reviews - Archive

Clarendon Guesthouse, June 16 This time Barb Jungr had the best accompanist she has brought to Australia: Simon Wallace. How important is the accompanist for a singer’s performance? Imagine trying to paint with a lumpy canvas. That’s how important. Wallace was Jungr’s co-songwriter, arranger and producer on last year’s Stockport…

June 22, 2013 / Features - Archive

It’s not exactly what the how-to-interview-musicians handbook recommends, but I’ve just suggested to Barb Jungr that her concerts are better than her albums. Ever so politely, you understand, and I knew that Jungr (pronounced “younger) is too nice to hang up on me. My point was that on disc the…