THE Simon and Garfunkel Story is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of the musical masters.
Dean Elliott as Paul Simon and Jonny Smart as Art Garfunkel are a perfect pairing and create some really beautiful harmonies.
They are also very likeable in the laidback and unpretentious way they tell the story of two boyhood friends from Queens who grew up to become a hugely successful and world-famous act.
All the classic hits are played against a backdrop of mostly black and white images that tell their story as well as that of America’s turbulent history in the ’60s and ’70s, giving the audience a real feel of the whole environment the pair were making music in.
This is Jonny Smart’s professional debut, and he perfectly captures Garfunkel’s aloofness and pure sound, particularly in Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The whole experience has a very authentic feel and the duo is excellently backed by a live band of Leon Camfield, Murray Gardiner and Josh Powell.
I must admit I’m not as much of a Simon and Garfunkel aficionado as most of the audience were, but I acquired some new favourites in The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) and Richard Cory.
They covered all the classics, including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia and Homeward Bound, and when they ended with The Boxer they had the audience in Salisbury on their feet in appreciation.