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Hit show celebrates life story and work of music legend Paul Simon

11 February 2020

A fantastic stage show celebrating the life and music of American singer songwriter Paul Simon is coming to Lochgelly Centre on Saturday, 29 February.

Something About Simon – The Paul Simon Story, which has won five-star reviews and critical acclaim, has been a labour of love for Liverpool singer songwriter Gary Edward Jones, who created the show along with Bill Elms and Jon Fellowes.

Paul Simon is a name that has cemented itself into the hearts of audiences all over the world, resulting in a phenomenal career that has spanned more than seven decades. And now this new show is shining the spotlight on the illustrious career of a musical icon

Gary spent countless hours researching the musical legend and studying his lyrics, music and life to gain a real insight into the man behind the music.

A natural storyteller, Gary tells the unique story of one of his idols, combining visuals, stage design, storytelling and, of course, that iconic music and incredible songs.

Weaving together songs and stories that cross the Atlantic from New Jersey to the North West of England, Gary traces the sometimes-poignant moments in Paul Simon’s life and career that occasionally mirror his own.

Something About Simon is not a tribute show but is one musician authentically honouring the music of another – all delivered perfectly with Gary’s warm Liverpudlian charm and charisma.

Music highlights include classic ballads like The Sound of Silence, America, Kathy’s Song and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, to the more upbeat Me And Julio, 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover and Wristband.

With a Maltese and Liverpudlian heritage, Gary’s musical journey began at just 11 when he picked up his brother’s guitar and he’s never looked back, developing his own style inspired by early Motown, blues and folk.

After a successful premiere in Liverpool, the show was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, where it was hand-picked as one of the best shows in the Fringe and invited to play in a New York showcase.

Last November the production headed to New York for the Fringe Encore Series at SoHo Playhouse, where it played six sell-out performances. This opportunity gave the show and its creative team the opportunity to perform on an international platform alongside the very best festival acts from across the world.

Gary said: “After a sell-out run at the SoHo Playhouse in New York, we’re excited to be back on home soil to tour the full stage version of Something About Simon.

“The show has been given such a warm welcome that it’s such a joy to step onto stage and tell Paul Simon’s story through dialogue and song. It’s a real honour, privilege and honour to have the opportunity to do so.”

Something About Simon is brought to audiences by producers Bill Elms, Jon Fellowes and Gary Edward Jones of Something About Productions, with artistic direction by Gareth Tudor Price. More details and tickets at www.onfife.com or any ONFife box offices.

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For further information please contact: Sheona Small, Press Officer, 07809 727 989 or 03451 555 555 ext 445046, or email sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors:

· Fife Cultural Trust (ONFife) manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information about Fife Cultural Trust can be found online at www.onfife.com