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Mu­sic with Ed­die Row­ley

Irish Independent - Farming - - RURAL LIFE - ROCKIN’ ROW­LEY

Peo­ple Who Shape Our World’.

The 76-year-old star cited the re­cent death of his lead gui­tarist and want­ing to spend time with his fam­ily as rea­sons for his re­tire­ment from tour­ing.

“I’ve of­ten won­dered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d con­sider bring­ing my per­form­ing ca­reer to a nat­u­ral end,” Paul says of this farewell tour.

“Now I know: it feels a lit­tle un­set­tling, a touch ex­hil­a­rat­ing and some­thing of a re­lief. I love mak­ing mu­sic, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, ex­tra­or­di­nary group of gifted mu­si­cians.”

Si­mon has been on the go since the 1960s, and says he’s still ob­sessed with mu­sic.

“I think about mu­sic con­stantly,” he re­veals. “I am very grate­ful for a ful­fill­ing ca­reer and, of course, most of all to the au­di­ences who heard some­thing in my mu­sic that touched their hearts.”

His farewell show will also fea­ture le­gends James Tay­lor and Bon­nie Raitt, who prom­ise “an his­toric evening of time­less clas­sics”.

Tick­ets for the July 13 show at the RDS are on sale now from all the usual out­lets.

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