"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
and Simon at the Civic Theatre
of our best-respected tribute artists – already a hit here with his
Real Diamond back in March – John Hylton brought us his Paul Simon
at the height of last week's heatwave.
a red baseball cap obscuring his Diamond hair and most of his face,
he brought with him to the Civic a four-piece backing band and, of
course, his Art Garfunkel, aka Allen, his son.
was some half-hearted banter, but it was the music the fans had come
for, and they were not short-changed, starting with A Hazy Shade of
Winter and ending in party mood with Cecilia.
between, most of the favourites – 59th Street Bridge
Song, The Boxer, a nice Mrs Robinson, a rather muddy Scarborough
Fair, an excellently realised Sound of Silence and Bridge Over
Troubled Water, with the long intro from impressive keyboard man J
Black - upright piano and primitive Korg Triton.
unexpected treats, too: the Everlys' Bye Bye Love, Bert Jansch's hit
Anji, and Father and Daughter, with a great guitar intro from Gary
Millen. But, alas, not So Long Frank Lloyd Wright, which the lady in
the front row would dearly have loved to hear ...
me, these "proper songs, with real lyrics" might have been
better appreciated without the stadium-strength sound system that
seems to come as standard these days; but there was no doubting the
excellent musicianship of father and son, not to mention their even
more laid-back band, and the enthusiasm of the audience for what is
probably the nearest we'll ever get now to this legendary duo live in