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Sunset to Break Your Heart, by Barb Jungr

Stories from Songwriters Episode 1 of 3

The first in a series of three specially commissioned short stories from songwriters Barb Jungr, Eliza Carthy and You Are Wolf (also known as Kerry Andrew).

Three songwriters turn their hand to short story writing for the first time for BBC Radio 4.

Suranne Jones reads Barb Jungr's heartbreaking story set on the Shetland Islands which takes its title from one of Barb's songs, 'Sunset to Break Your Heart'. Singer-songwriter Barb Jungr has been described as "the best thing to come out of Rochdale since Gracie Fields". She draws on her Czech and German heritage to blend European style with her English roots. Billy Bragg described Jungr as our greatest living interpreter of Dylan songs, and Jeremy Irons chose a Barb Jungr song as one of his Desert Island Discs.

Hattie Morahan reads Eliza Carthy's unusual and playful fairy tale, 'The Announcer's Daughter'. Eliza has been nominated for the Mercury Prize twice and grew up immersed in the world of traditional music - her parents are folk legends Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. She approaches the tradition in new and innovative ways creating utterly contemporary work.

You Are Wolf - the artist also known as Kerry Andrew - is a singer, songwriter and composer who specialises in experimental vocal music and uses a loop machine to layer her astonishing voice. For her debut short story she interweaves song and story, singing traditional inspired counterpoints to her story 'One Swallow'.

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15 minutes

Last on

Mon 27 Nov 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
ReaderSuranne Jones
WriterBarb Jungr
ProducerAllegra McIlroy