BRAND new seven-piece musical ensemble featuring Neil Thompson and Roger Gilson will pay tribute to the world’s most beloved song-writing duo, Simon and Garfunkel, at Port Elizabeth’s Old Grey next week.
Feeling Groovy – The Simon and Garfunkel Songbook introduces the acoustic guitar talents of Hugo Kleinhans, along with John Dickin on percussion, Devon van Rooyen on drums, Andre Strydom on bass and Khanya Matomela on keyboards.
The show, presented by Centrestage, promises to be a meticulous musical treat as the much-loved songs are recreated with authenticity and given a sympathetic treatment by this group of consummate players.
A total of 32 songs are included in the line-up, including Simon and Garfunkel favourites such as The Sound of Silence, Homeward Bound, Mrs Robinson, Slip Sliding Away, Bridge over Troubled Water, Hazy Shade of Winter, 50 Ways to Leave your Lover and American Tune.
Selections from Paul Simon’s solo career such as You Can Call Me Al, Late in the Evening, Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes, Take me to the Mardis Gras and Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard are also included, as is the searing Garfunkel solo hit Bright Eyes.
One of PE’s long-time favourite musicians, Grey High School teacher Neil Thomson, was coaxed out of retirement by the prospect of paying tribute to his own musical heroes, as he joins fellow stalwart Roger Gilson up front for their third Centrestage collaboration together since The Folk Lords and Striking a Chord.
Tickets for Feeling Groovy, which runs at Old Grey from Thursday to Saturday, can be bought through Computicket at R120, with blocks of eight or more costing R100 each. The Thursday performance sees tickets costing only R100 and R80 respectively.