ACCLAIMED Jazz singer Barb Jungr is making a welcome return to Otley Courthouse.

Back by popular demand, the cult British performer will be bringing the tour of her new song collection, Bob, Brel and Me, to the Courthouse on Saturday, March 14.

Often referred to as ‘the political chansonnier’, Barb is renowned for her unique vocal style, distinctive interpretation of songs, and radical approach to arrangements.

The works of Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel have helped to define her career and for her latest album she chose to sing some of their classic songs that still resonate today as strongly as they did when they were first written.

In her brand-new collection she turns her much-admired ability at reinvention and reinterpretation to a set of Dylan and Brel songs she has never tackled before on stage - and all with original arrangements.

The result has been hailed as ‘stellar cabaret’ that presents the songs with ‘heartfelt originality, charm and elegance’.

The songs in the collection include Just Like A Woman, The Tender Heats, Incurable Romantic, Mr Tambourine Man, The Cathedral, If We Only Had love and If You See Her Say Hello.

Barb Jungr’s performance at Otley Courthouse starts at 8pm and tickets cost £16.

Otley’s first Science Cafe of 2020, meanwhile, will be held at the Courthouse on Thursday, March 12.

Starting at 7.30pm, the event is a chance to hear quick-fire presentations on a variety of scientific topics in a relaxed atmosphere and in a venue where refreshments will be available throughout.

Three local experts talk at each Science Cafe and also take part in a question and answer session on the night.

The titles of the March 12 talks are: Not Just Dinosaurs: The Prehistoric British Isles; Science With A Telescope Ten Miles Across; and Artificial Neural Networks.

They will be presented by, respectively - James McKay from the School of Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Leeds; Dr Katharine G Johnston from the School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Leeds; and Dr Jamie Owen, Lead Trainer of Jumping Rivers Ltd.

The audience is being promised a ‘relaxed and fun evening of science suitable for all ages and all interests’.

Tickets cost £5 (under 18s free) and can be booked by visiting, calling (01943) 467466 or popping into the Courthouse, on Courthouse Street, Otley.