Barbara Jungr (b. 9 May 1954, Rochdale, Lancashire, England; vocals, harmonica, mandolin, percussion) and Michael Parker (b. 30 December 1958, Kimbolton, Huntingdon, England; guitar, vocals, ukelele, banjo, cornet, piano, bass) gradually established themselves as class performers. They met in Fulham, London, England in the early 80s and worked in a harmony group called the Three Courgettes. It was 1984 before they adopted the name Jungr And Parker. As such, they twice toured nationally as support for comedian/actor Alexei Sayle, and occasionally worked with Julian Clary. They later became known for their regular appearances on the same artist’s UK television series, Sticky Moments, and Terry And Julian, for which they wrote the theme tunes, the latter with Russell Churney.
Jungr And Parker won the Perrier Award in 1987 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for the show Brown Blues, with comedian Arnold Brown. The following year the duo also won the Swansea Fringe Festival Award. In 1992 they played and gave workshops in Sudan at the Khartoum International Music Festival for the British Council, going on to appear at the Sidmouth, Vancouver, and Winnipeg Folk Festivals, as well as on Canadian national radio. They also featured on BBC Radio 4 in a presentation of Hell Bent Heaven Bound, with Christine Collister and Helen Watson. Earlier in 1993 Jungr And Parker had travelled to Cameroon, where they performed all over the country, and gave workshops in songwriting, singing, and jazz music. They also played in the Jazz Sous Les Manguiers festival in the Cameroon capital Yaounde. Towards the end of 1993, they completed recording of their fifth series of We Stayed In With Jungr And Parker for BBC Radio 2, as well as making regular appearances on Hayes At The Weekend with Brian Hayes, also on Radio 2. As songwriters, they provided topical songs for BBC Radio 4’s Stop The Week, for independent television’s It’s Almost Saturday and the Snarling Beasties Theatre Company production of The Man Who Cooked Her Husband, in addition to providing the music for Deadly Serious, a radio play by Alan Gilbey.
Jungr embarked on an acclaimed solo career in the mid-90s, recording several albums and working with the shows Hell Bent Heaven Bound and Girl Talk.