Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Modern Art

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Meet the Modern Art

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Veteran performer Art Garfunkel is at Newcastle City Hall next week

Art Garfunkel is contented. He's at a point in his life where he has achieved a lot musically, is blissfully married and is father to two children.

"My life is about my two children," the curly-haired singer, who is at Newcastle City Hall on March 9, says.

"James is 16 and he's such a rich individual, I'm crazy about him. It's such a dodgy age. He's a young man who is ready to step on the gas pedal of his career ( he's going through what I went through at that age.

"And now I have a new year-old son called Beau, who's a beautiful new arrival on Planet Earth. I'm just lost without my kids."

Art adds: "But my career is very alive. I've been at this lucky point for 30 years, where I can pick and choose what I do, after Simon and Garfunkel had their hits.

"The legacy of that is you can approach the rest of your life with a philosopher's eye. The money's been made, the glory's been achieved, and it really is a case of following your values. Life has been philosophical ever since."

As one half of successful music duo Simon and Garfunkel, Art has had plenty to smile about. With childhood friend Paul Simon, he created a lasting legacy with hits like Bridge Over Troubled Water and Mrs Robinson, and the 65-year-old insists he isn't bothered when people remember him more for those songs than his solo music.

"Of course they're interested in those hits. My whole life is charmed by having done those five albums with Mr Simon."

The duo are famous for their tumultuous working partnership, and have reunited numerous times since their split in 1970, only to publicly and acrimoniously fall out on nearly every occasion, vowing never to perform together again.

"We played the game. When Paul and I were buddies in junior high school at age 13, we had a mock splitting up ( just to create gossip at school. That's very telling."

Their last reunion tour happened in 2004, and for the moment, Art admits they won't work together any time soon.

"Do I have a plan to work with Mr Simon again? No. Is there a possibility of more recorded music with Simon and Garfunkel? …

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