The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel / Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
THE SOUNDS OF SIMON &
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.
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.
|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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