There was a packed auditorium for tonight’s opening performance of “Simon & Garfunkel – Through the Years”.
Singer Pete Richards and singer/guitarist Dan Haynes together perform as “Bookends”, and give a beautiful and at times moving tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel.
The whole concept of this show is very simple, yet very effective. There are no gimmicks, no fancy costumes or stage sets, just two singers, one acoustic guitar, and a backdrop film showing some photos and film clips of Simon & Garfunkel, and information about their albums.
Dan and Pete perform a selection of songs, running from “Hey Schoolgirl” which Simon & Garfunkel released in their teens when playing as “Tom and Jerry”, through a selection of such classic numbers as Homeward Bound, The Sound of Silence, Scarborough Fair, and of course Bridge over Troubled Water. Both Pete and Dan have lovely voices, and their harmonies are just perfect. In fact, if you close your eyes and just listen, you could easily be listening to the real Simon & Garfunkel.
Dan admitted they were both very nervous as this was their opening night, but there was absolutely no need to be – the audience loved them, and it was simply one hour of sheer nostalgic enjoyment.
As a bonus, this venue has what are probably the most comfortable seats in the Fringe!
Simon & Garfunkel – Through the Years continues until 16th August, and then from 23rd to 29th August.
For more information see www.simonandgarfunkelbybookends.com