THEIR music must be lying somewhere in every household – or if not then you will know one of their hits. For the story of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel is one that has spanned generations.

A recent visit to my in-laws’ house to check on it while they were on holiday resulted in my husband ‘borrowing’ a Simon and Garfunkel CD from their collection. It is still in our car at the moment.

Their music is, without doubt, a feature of life very much now as it was back in the sixties.

And so The Simon and Garfunkel Story, which will be at the Wycombe Swan on Saturday, would be a tale most would want to hear.

It is now 50 years since the most successful folk/rock duo of all time recorded their first no1 hit single ‘The Sound of Silence’.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is a theatre show featuring seasoned West End, award-winning leading man Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly in ‘Buddy – The Musical’) and a full cast of talented actor-musicians.

It takes you back through the ‘groovy’ times of the 1960s and tells the story of both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel from their humble beginnings as rock’n’roll duo ‘Tom and Jerry’, right through their massive success, dramatic break-up and finishing with a stunning recreation of the 1981 Central Park reformation concert.

Using a huge projection screen, the show features both original photos and film footage, while a full live band performs all their hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Sound of Silence’ and many more.

The Guide caught up with Dean on the road – literally...driving around Berkshire – and asked him what it was about Paul and Art or Simon and Garfunkel that seemed to appeal to so many people.

“Paul Simon is one of the best songwriters of all time. People can often remember where they were when they first heard Bridge Over Troubled Water or Mrs Robinson.”

This is the first time a theatre group has played the duo’s music in a theatrical way, says Dean. “The show is quite a multi-media experience, with the use of a projection screen, narration and music. It takes the audience on a chronological journey.”

The Simon And Garfunkel Story is at Wycombe Swan on Saturday at 7.30pm. Call 01494 512 000 or visit

Rebecca Curley