Master folk duo plays library

Apr 04, 2014
Simons and Goodwin

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will host the musical duo Simons and Goodwin Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the Friends Community Room. Admission is free.

Simons and Goodwin got their beginning back in the 1960s when they met while performing in the Boston and Cambridge coffeehouses. Bob Simons was a single act while Renee Boghosian (later Goodwin) was performing with the now well-known folk artist Bill Staines. Boston's folk music scene in the ‘60s was, along with New York's Greenwich Village, teeming with folk performers who became major names in the industry. Their 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 consisting of intricate arrangements, tight expression and beautiful harmonies. They have an eclectic repertoire with performances tailored to the audience. While primarily a folk duo, they can treat country, old rock,  jazz and blues standards with similar musical skill. In addition, they do a number of original songs including the extremely popular song "The Portland," which is about the foundering of the steamer Portland 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

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