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Review: Art Garfunkel at Waterfront Hall, Belfast

By Andrew Johnston

After nearly 60 years in showbusiness, you can forgive Art Garfunkel for wanting to mix things up a bit.

Last night's Belfast Waterfront concert began conventionally enough with nostalgic renditions of Simon and Garfunkel oldies April Come She Will and The Boxer.

But for the remainder of the evening, the 73-year-old vocalist alternated songs with stories and self-penned poems. Garfunkel seemed rather more pleased with the clunky, autobiographical wordplay of the latter than the audience did, though the atmosphere was generally supportive.

After losing his voice four years ago, it was a relief to hear Garfunkel hit most of the notes in his venerable songbook.

"The songs sing themselves," he gushed.

The set wound down with Bright Eyes, The Sound of Silence and Kathy's Song, before Garfunkel attempted a "workshop" version of Bridge over Troubled Water with just guitar and voice, which, even in this makeshift form, brought the crowd to their feet.

Three stars

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