Mr Simon's Big Trip

In this programme, Radio 2 uncovers the real story of Paul Simon's British residency, and the part it played in his creative formation.

For years, fascination has surrounded the missing 13 months in the life and career of Paul Simon preceeding the rise to success in America of Simon and Garfunkel.

Simon spent what is probably one of the most famous 'gap' years in music history travelling around England, writing songs, playing tiny folk club venues and meeting future legends of the Folk scene such as Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy, Homeward Bound was famously penned on Widnes Station, and many of his most famous lyrics can be traced to British roots.

The programme includes interviews with Martin Carthy, Brian Protheroe, Al Stewart and many more and features a hitherto un-heard Paul Simon song, “The Northern Line”, recorded in an Exeter Folk club in 1965.

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20070605

An exploration of the missing 13 months in the life and career of Paul Simon, immediately before the explosion on the scene of Simon and Garfunkel.

He spent what is probably one of the most famous gap years in music history bumming around England, playing tiny folk club venues, meeting people such as Bert Jansch, Leon Redbone and Martin Carthy, and all the time writing songs. He arrived a completely unknown folk singer and left to cash in on the overnight success he was achieving in America with his partner Art Garfunkel. The song they had recorded together was called The Sounds of Silence, and Paul Simon always intended to return to his adopted homeland of England, but history had other plans.

Yet it was while he was here, getting eight pounds a night for playing in folk clubs in London, Exeter, Manchester and Liverpool that Paul Simon fashioned the songs which helped make him the most successful singer songwriter in the history of rock 'n' roll. Including contributions from Martin Carthy, Brian Protheroe and Al Stewart and featuring an unheard Paul Simon song The Northern Line, recorded in an Exeter Folk club in 1965.

20080726

An exploration of the missing 13 months in the life and career of Paul Simon, immediately before Simon and Garfunkel hit the big time.

He spent what is probably one of the most famous gap years in music history travelling around England, playing tiny folk club venues, meeting people such as Bert Jansch, Leon Redbone and Martin Carthy, and all the time writing songs.

Paul arrived a completely unknown folk singer and left to cash in on the overnight success he was achieving in America with his partner Art Garfunkel. The song they had recorded together was called The Sound of Silence, and Paul Simon always intended to return to his adopted homeland of England, but history had other plans.

Including contributions from Martin Carthy, Brian Protheroe and Al Stewart and featuring an unheard Paul Simon song The Northern Line, recorded in an Exeter Folk club in 1965.

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In this programme, Radio 2 uncovers the real story of Paul Simon's British residency, and the part it played in his creative formation.

For years, fascination has surrounded the missing 13 months in the life and career of Paul Simon preceeding the rise to success in America of Simon and Garfunkel.

Simon spent what is probably one of the most famous 'gap' years in music history travelling around England, writing songs, playing tiny folk club venues and meeting future legends of the Folk scene such as Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy, Homeward Bound was famously penned on Widnes Station, and many of his most famous lyrics can be traced to British roots.

The programme includes interviews with Martin Carthy, Brian Protheroe, Al Stewart and many more and features a hitherto un-heard Paul Simon song, “The Northern Line”, recorded in an Exeter Folk club in 1965.