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Feelin' groovy for a night of Simon and Garfunkel

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

Friendly folk: Guitarist Dan Haynes, right, and Pete Richards use modern technology to present the ultimate Simon and Garfunkel tribute show

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Video, audio and live music combine as Britain's best tribute show to the legends who are Simon and Garfunkel calls in at Gainsborough's Trinity Arts Centre.

Old friends Dan Haynes and Pete Richards can draw so many parallels with their musical heroes that their modern interpretation of a classic folk duo's story was almost inevitable.

And the talented pair call themselves Bookends – because of their symmetry as a partnership.

"We will be performing our Through the Years show at the Trinity Arts Centre on Saturday, November 3," said Dan.

"It takes a look back over the wonderful history of Simon and Garfunkel, from their early days as 'Tom and Jerry' right through to their subsequent break-ups and reunion tours.

"The story is told with the aid of video and audio clips of Simon and Garfunkel giving their personal accounts on their rise to fame interspersed with live performances of their songs.

"And we perform the songs of Simon and Garfunkel in much the same way as they did in the early years – with just a single guitar as the core for delicate harmonies.

"We've performed alongside each other for many years and our voices have become finely tuned, blending together perfectly in harmony to recreate the Simon and Garfunkel sound."

The friends began playing together in college, learning various covers of their favourite artists for their own personal enjoyment.

Then, with a mutual passion for the music of Paul Simon and a natural gift for singing close harmonies, they began to learn Simon and Garfunkel songs.

And they paid particular attention to the perfect harmony, timing and diction of the original and live recordings.

Encouraged by friends and family, the pair began to perform to wider audiences,

"With a show full of poetic lyrics, beautiful harmonies and melodic guitar, it reminds us why Simon and Garfunkel were and still are regarded as one of the greatest folk rock duos of all time," said Pete.

"And we're back on tour doing what we do best after a three-year break.

"This is a brand new show about the guys from Queens in New York, from their first release under a somewhat jovial name of Tom and Jerry, through to and a little beyond the publicised break-up following the Bridge Over Troubled Water album."

It includes classic hits like Mrs Robinson, The Boxer, The Sound of Silence, I Am A Rock and America, plus album tracks such as At The Zoo and 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy).

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets priced £12 and £10 concessions are available online at www.thebookendsshow.co.uk or from the Trinity Arts Centre box office on 01427 676655.

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