ABOVE: American songwriter and producer Paul Simon performs during the Timbre Rock and Roots concert on Friday March 22, 2013 in Singapore.
ABOVE: American songwriter and producer Paul Simon performs during the Timbre Rock and Roots concert on Friday March 22, 2013 in Singapore. AP

Paul Simon set for rousing final act at Bluesfest tonight

PAUL Simon fans at the Byron Bay Blues Festival tonight look set to be treated to an eclectic mix of hits from his celebrated partnership with Art Garfunkel to the groundbreaking Graceland album and his critically acclaimed latest release So Beautiful or So What.

Reports from Simon's side-shows in Australia has the 12 times Grammy Award winner and festival headliner in fine form with a huge band that includes African musicians.

The 71-year-old has been incorporating folk classics like Sounds of Silence and The Boxer into his set alongside African grooves like You Can Call Me Al and Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.

He's also been throwing in a cover of George Harrison's Here Comes The Sun, all of which are sure to have the masses in the Mojo tent on their feet.

And Canberra sisters Shanti, 19, and Lani Shea-an, 18, are determined not to miss a second of it.

The pair plan to repeat their strategy which saw them witness Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant from second row on Saturday night.

They staked their position at the front of the barricade as soon as the tent opened and didn't move from it all day.

And they say Plant's performance was absolutely worth it.

"He was burning incense on stage and we were breathing in the same air as Robert Plant," said Shanti.

The pair were introduced to Simon, who they regard as one of the world's greatest songwriters, by their parents and say his music holds a real sense of nostalgia for them despite their youth.

Simon's performance will be one of the last of the festival.



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