Paul Simon Project

An Irish tribute to a great songwriter & musician
Going Live on YouTube Thursday 14th February 2019

Ailie Blunnie // Paj // Josh Johnston //
Carol Keogh // SJ McArdle // Sive
with Marco Francescangeli & Rob Molumby

1. America (uploaded 14th February 2019) – Carol Keogh

The brainchild of Dublin pianist and songwriter Josh Johnston, the Paul Simon Project was born of a desire to toast the man and the music he has created.

In January 2019, five of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters and two musician friends were invited to Josh’s house in Dublin on a cold winter’s day. It was an afternoon of intense social and musical activity where, after a light lunch, the eight musicians set about arranging, rehearsing and performing six Paul Simon classics from across his career. At 6pm, they were joined by director of photography Alan Rogers who videoed each song in turn.

This meeting of musical minds, while also being fantastic fun, primarily pays homage to a songwriter who has provided musical company to three generations of families growing up. Paul Simon has recently retired from live performance with sixty-five years in the music industry to his credit. On that basis, we feel it is timely to tip the hat and thank him for the gift of his music.

His songs have formed the soundtrack to many lives and continue to be performed and re-interpreted by himself on stage and on his recent album In The Blue Light, as well as in cover versions in increasing quantities.

Over the course of 2019, the Paul Simon Project will add six covers to this oeuvre, with each of the singer-songwriters personally selecting a favourite tune and arranging it with the rest of the group. Creative decisions have been made in the choices and the arrangements while always staying true and sensitive to the spirit of the songs. The selections cover a wide span of songs from 1964 to 1992 and the videos will be uploaded gradually to YouTube via Josh Johnston’s channel.

To get the ball rolling, we are pleased to present the first video this Thursday 14th February. Dublin singer Carol Keogh (The Plague
Monkeys, The Tycho Brahe, Autamata, The Natural History Museum, The Wicc) sings America from the Simon & Garfunkel 1968 LP Bookends.

Videos will be uploaded roughly every two months throughout 2019.

Musicians (and where to find out more about them)

Carol Keogh – Vocal
Paj – Acoustic Guitar, Vocal
Josh Johnston – Piano
SJ McArdle – Electric Guitar, Vocal
Rob Molumby – Bass, Vocal
Sive – Vocal
Ailie Blunnie – Vocal
Marco Francescangeli – Soprano Sax