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Wednesday, April 27, 2011


(Johan and Aaron Nel)

Come along to the Stirling Theatre in May and catch The Brothers Nel – Johan and Aaron – who grew up with the music of Simon & Garfunkel constantly playing in their childhood home, in the small town of Marble Hall in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is only fitting that their first professional collaboration should be Memoirs: the Music of Simon & Garfunkel. Both play guitar and sing, blending into unique harmony, achieved only by two musicians who have the same level of appreciation for the sheer brilliance, yet simplicity that is Simon & Garfunkel.

Memoirs: the Music of Simon & Garfunkel features hit songs Bridge over Troubled Water, The Boxer, Sound Of Silence, America, and many other foot-stomping, hand clapping, sing-along hits, as well as some of the more dramatic and poetic offerings from this duo, and is sure to entertain all who attend.

Simon & Garfunkel emerged in the early 1960’s as a young, typically harmony-enthralled folk duo. They’d cut their teeth on The Everly Brothers and knew the Great Traditional Songbook as well as the next folk group of their era. Driven by the same strivings of their American contemporaries – to get into a good college, to please their parents, to be admired by their peers – they were determined to have some fun along the way! As it turned out though, they were far from your average folkies. The two natives from Forest Hills, Queens, were musical sponges, and broke onto the Billboard Top50, at the age of 15 as Tom & Jerry – as they called themselves then – with The Everly Brothers knock off Hey Schoolgirl – their first song ever written together.

Their debut studio album was Wednesday Morning, 3am in 1964, their last Bridge over Troubled Water, which remained the number one album on the Billboard charts for six weeks after its release date.

Performances take place on May 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 20h00 and on May 22 at 15h00. Tickets R80. For an extra R80 on May 22, patrons can enjoy a two-course Italian Club Lunch before the show at 15h00.

The Stirling Theatre is situated in the Italian Club along Fairway near the Beachwood Golf Course. Take your own picnic or snacks but the venue offers The Italian Club’s optional a la carte menu for patrons wishing to eat, and a fully stocked bar at affordable club prices. There is plenty of secure parking. Bookings 076 786 1127 or email (Regret no Credit Card Facilities) More information at