Our show Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years began in 2010 with just Dan and myself doing one-off irregular performances in village halls and small theatres. This was for two reasons, firstly, because that’s how Simon & Garfunkel toured for much of the 60’s, but also because we couldn’t afford any other musicians. As we progressed and began to tour more regularly, we were tempted by the possibility of being able to experiment with different musician lineups.
This was a scary thing for us, we were very precious over how true we wanted to stay to the music of Simon & Garfunkel. From the start we’ve always tried to sound as close as possible to them, something which we believe is vital for a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel. We were also worried that bringing in a band would detract from what we were doing vocally and would overshadow Dan’s delicate and precise guitar work. We knew the search was on to not only find the right lineup, but also find the right musicians.
The first thing we did was to really study the music of Simon & Garfunkel, both album tracks and live. All the the performances they did after Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel always used a band. During their famous Concert in Central Park, New York, in 1981, which featured them singing many of Paul’s solo songs together, the full band sound for songs like Kodachrome and Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard was necessary. For us however, only performing mainly Simon Garfunkel songs during our show, and aware that we were becoming known for the pin drop silence and electric atmosphere of our gigs, a band felt too full-on for us at that point. So we went back to the album tracks and picked out some of the beautiful string sections in songs like America, Old Friends, The Dangling Conversation and Song For The Asking and realised this was something we could introduce to the live show without detracting from what we did.