Loving tribute to Simon and Garfunkel

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story is pure, clear and sincere – a loving tribute to one of the world’s greatest duos.

Dean Elliot as Paul Simon and Jonny Smart as Art Garfunkel perfectly captured the pair’s deft harmonies and vocal blending.

Ably accompanied by a three-piece band, Paul and Art told the story of their early friendship, starting out as teenage pop combo Tom and Jerry.

They became darlings of the New York folk/rock scene in the early ‘60s working their way up to world-stardom.

The duo’s story was woven between songs, with video projections and background images conjuring up the atmosphere of the times.

Particularly effective was the juxtaposition of the winsome Scarborough Fair with footage of the Vietnam War, race riots, JFK, the KKK and peace demonstrations.

The greatest hits were all accounted for: Sound of Silence, I Am A Rock, Homeward Bound, Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, America, Old Friends, The Boxer and the 59th St Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).

A musical interlude even covered the solo years – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Graceland and more woven into a neat package leading into a segment recalling the Central Park reunion show.

A must for fans, an education to the uninitiated, this is a tribute show made with true respect for the music and the audience.

ALAN COOPER