The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel / Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

THE SOUNDS OF SIMON & GARFUNKEL
SHORT BIOGRAPHY

"So much more than slavish mimicry, combining virtuosity and precision with a lovefor the subject that bordered on litany" Denis Hill, Booking Manager, Plinston Hall. Performing era-defining songs including Sounds Of Silence, Mrs Robinson, Homeward Bound, Feelin' Groovy, Cecilia and The Boxer, The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel is without doubt THE outstanding tribute to America's greatest pop duo.
With unerring accuracy and reverence, spiked with a degree of tongue-in-cheek humour can Paul and Artie get through the show without falling
out yet again? - the five-piece band take the audience on a sumptuous trip down memory lane, reminding us just why these memorable songs retain their appeal among young and old alike.

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Paul Simon's Graceland, and despite Artie's protestations, the band are delighted to feature the cream of this classic album, including You Can Call Me Al and Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, in their set, showcasing in particular the fretless playing of top London bassist Alan Mian (Blues Brothers, All Stars).

The brainchild of front man Bill Lennon, who plays the role of Paul Simon, the band
has grown immeasurably in stature and reputation since its humble beginnings as an "unplugged duo" over a decade ago.

Garfunkel's shoes are now filled by the ridiculously talented and versatile writer/producer/musician Marc Rapson who also supplies keyboards, percussion and, by prior arrangement only, hoovering up after the show. Drummer John Prynn (Counterfeit Stones, Ozric Tentacles, Donovan), often jokingly introduced as "Steve's Dad" in homage to the legendary Steve Gadd, is a towering presence behind the drumkit and mimics his hero's chops on songs like Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover to perfection.
Lead guitarist Dave Birnie (Counterfeit Stones) recreates some intricate and memorable guitar parts with amazing skill and attention to detail, completing what is a formidable line up.

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THE FREEWHEELIN BOB DYLAN

Formed just two years ago, initially as a natural and worthy support act for The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, the band has swiftly grown wings of its own, and were delighted to be invited to perform mainstage at last year's famous Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool, where a packed audience sung along to nearly every word of their classics-laden show.

The band's set is firmly rooted in the 1960s, drawing on Dylan's prolific output from protest songs like Blowin In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin, through the "Judas" period with songs of the calibre of Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Just Like A Woman etc and crowd pleasers like All Along The Watchtower and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight.
 

Fans will be delighted to hear that frontman Bill Lennon pulls out all the stops to recreate that famous Dylan drawl (leading one reviewer to note "...it was at once apparent that Lennon had the trademark Dylan voice spot on ..."), and the band's contribution is immense, recreating the songs exactly as they were recorded all those years ago, making this a genuine and fascinating trip down memory lane.

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