It would be all to easy to be cruel about Art Garfunkel. For a start, he’s got ridiculous hair and looks like he wears a wig.
During his concert at Symphony Hall - pompously titled “An Evening with Art Garfunkel - he reads out bits of his own poetry. He wears a ridiculously loose tie and when he dances it’s like watching your English teacher at a disco.
But this is to miss the point.
This is the man who was one half of sixties sensation Simon & Garfunkel and who has one of the most distinctive voices in the music industry. And now well into his sixties, it’s still intact.
Accompanied by a four-piece band, Garfunkel shuffled on to stage, hands in pockets, and opened with El Condor Pasa, his distinctive high-pitched vocals immediately familiar.
“What a strange time it is for all of us,” said the old hippy at the end of the song. “Who knows where we are going now.”
As it turned out it was Paul Simon’s American Tune, followed by an enthusiastically-received rendition of The Boxer and a whole load more classic hits from the enduring duo including Scarborough Fair, Mrs Robinson and Kathy’s Song.
But the biggest applause of all was reserved for the massively successful Watership Down number Bright Eyes, Sound of Silence and, of course, Bridge Over Troubled Water.
The latter has had a new lease of life showing off the skills of popstar wannabes on the X-Factor, but there’s nothing to compare to the spine-tingling brilliance of Garfunkel’s soaring version.