Hello Diss, my old friend
PUBLISHED: 11:12 29 January 2019
The music of two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become the world's most successful music duo of all time will be celebrated in a show coming to Diss.
Now in its 12th year of touring, The Sounds of Simon has become a favourite with audiences up and down the UK with its note-perfect reproduction of the award-winning harmonies of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, as well as the much-publicised friction between the two singers.
Their new show From the Sounds of Silence to The Rhythm of the Saints, which they bring to Diss Corn Hall, features covers of over 25 hits from four decades, including Mrs Robinson, Homeward Bound, The Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Paul Simon’s later solo career is also represented by songs such as You Can Call Me Al and Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.
Ben Bowden and Adam Ellis, who play the duo on stage, will be accompanied by their full band show. The pair recently released their new live album, Hints and Allegations.
Ben was recently featured on BBC’s The One Show, performing as Paul Simon and talking about Paul’s visit to England in 1965. It was on this trip that Paul reputedly wrote his hit, Homeward Bound. This hit, along with many others, will feature in the show.
“It’s great to come back to old friends,” says Ben of the pair’s return to Diss. “We were last here in 2012 and we’re really looking forward to coming back. This is a musical feast for anyone who loves the songs of Paul Simon.”
Adam enjoys the challenge of playing these songs. “It’s great to take a songwriter as brilliant as Paul Simon and then track his development over 30 years. The evening will show how a songwriter practises and develops his craft.”
The show is accompanied by archive footage of Simon and Garfunkel, allowing the stars to tell their own story.
• The Sounds of Simon are at Diss Corn Hall on February 2, 7.30pm, £15, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk