Art Garfunkel, New Theatre Oxford, review: Still struggling to escape Paul Simon’s shadow 

Art Garfunkel in concert in 2017
Art Garfunkel in concert in 2017

Last year, Paul Simon retired from touring, playing his final British show before an audience of 65,000 fans in Hyde Park. This year, his former musical partner, Art Garfunkel, is back on the road again, opening an 11-date British tour to around 1,300 fans in an Oxford theatre, with a few empty seats. 

You could tell the gap in their fortunes still bothers the old troubadour. “If Simon and Garfunkel played around England, wouldn’t we draw bigger crowds than U2?” he asked, wistfully.

It wasn’t Garfunkel’s only bittersweet reference to “my old buddy Paul”, who wrote their songs and went on to have the more stellar solo career. Garfunkel recalled “seeing Paul Simon a while ago” and then, lest we...

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