Art Garfunkel’s emotional 2021 performance of 'Scarborough Fair' proves he still has his stunning voice

1 November 2021, 14:18 | Updated: 11 October 2023, 13:36

The Voice Kids move audience to tears with astonishingly powerful Simon & Garfunkel song

By Mayer Nissim

Art Garfunkel gets ready to return to the live stage after lockdown.

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Simon & Garfunkel were one of the greatest duos in pop history, propelled by Paul Simon's masterful songwriting, song-spotting and arranging, and the melding of their two voices.

And it was the tender beauty of Art Garfunkel's voice that always stood out.

Paul Simon sadly retired from touring in 2018 after his Farewell Tour, meaning that we won't ever get another reunion, but Garfunkel continues on, and listening to him singing earlier this year you realise what a blessing that is.

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On the video, Garfunkel's voice is as soft and tuneful as always, with the extra frailty and depth that comes from being just shy of your 80th birthday.

"How I've missed performing," says Art after singing the opening verses of 'Scarborough Fair/Canticle'.

"It's been over a year now, so I wanna gather with my audiences this fall, and this is my calling card."

Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair (from The Concert in Central Park)

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Garfunkel and Simon jointly arranged 'Scarborough Fair/Canticle' from the traditional English ballad, and the song appeared on the duo's 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

It was released as a single a couple of years later, after it featured on the soundtrack to The Graduate.

Art returns to the live stage with a string of live shows in the US and Europe in 2022, having last performed at the Maxwell C King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida on March 10, 2020.

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