Sunday 17 December 2017

An intimate evening with a true legend

Review: Folk Art Garfunkel Vicar St, Dublin

Art Garfunkel
Art Garfunkel
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Art Garfunkel may be multiple Grammy-winning rock royalty but it's endearing to learn that he's only human after all.

"I can't believe stage nerves never go away," he confesses. Thankfully, his performance shows no signs of shakiness.

Alongside Paul Simon, Garfunkel was half of the iconic American folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. Their 1966 album Sounds of Silence remains a true blue-chip classic.

Both Simon and Garfunkel have been regular visitors to this country, performing together with their idols the Everly Brothers at the RDS in 2004.

Simon was last seen in action performing his classic solo album Graceland in the 3Arena. Now his erstwhile sidekick is back in town presenting an intimate evening of story and song.

Despite some lengthy introductions and frequent preambles, Garfunkel manages to shoehorn about 25 hits into a 90-minute set including 'The Sounds of Silence', 'Homeward Bound', 'Bright Eyes' and, of course, the evergreen classic 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

'Scarborough Fair' is a tender highlight, which Garfunkel prefaces by talking about how he and Simon wrote it.

This two-man show with guitarist Tab Laven sees Garfunkel in very fine voice, which is especially heartening considering an acute case of vocal cord paresis threatened to cut short his singing career.

The 73-year-old legend makes plenty of wisecracks about his lack of trademark hair and advancing years, but he appears fit and healthy. Garfunkel has successfully weathered plenty of personal and physical storms over the years, virtually disappearing for a lot of the 1980s following the premature death of his actress and photographer girlfriend Laurie Bird.

This intimate evening of spoken word and song further cements his legendary status.

Irish Independent

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