Acoustic folk mastery in Reading Room

Mar 07, 2019
Simons and Goodwin

Rockland — Folk duo Simons and Goodwin will perform in a Reading Room concert Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Admission is free.

The duo first met in the 1960s while performing in the Boston and Cambridge coffeehouses. Bob Simons was a single act, while Renee — pronounced “Renny” — Boghosian (later Goodwin) was performing with folk artist Bill Staines. Boston's folk music scene in the ‘60s was, along with New York's Greenwich Village, teeming with folk performers such as Staines who became major names in the industry.

These two individual talents did not come together, however, until 2006, when their long friendship turned into Simons and Goodwin. After years of performing alone, or with other people, joining forces was suggested and the combination clicked.

Simons and Goodwin have a smooth sound, thanks to intricate arrangements, tight expression and beautiful harmonies. While primarily a folk duo, they treat country, old rock, jazz and blues standards with similar musical skill. In addition, they do a number of Simons’ original songs including the popular "The Portland," about the foundering of said steamer in the great Portland Gale of 1898.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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