There are many artists and musicians around the world, but not all of them can leave a mark in history. Out of the hundreds of thousands, only some are still remembered and celebrated by multiple generations.
One such pair of musicians is Simon and Garfunkel. The American duo were one of the best selling music groups during the 1960s. One of their most loved songs is “The Sound of Silence,” and when another duo performed their own rendition of the song, it gave the audience chills.
Celtic Thunder is a group hailing from Dublin, Ireland. It’s now more than a decade old and was first started in 2007. It was a performance that aimed to feature a group of male singers, all from Ireland and Scotland. Celtic Thunder was created to preserve and enrich the Celtic culture and heritage.
During their 2014 tour, two members, Colm Keegan and Keith Harkin, performed Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” The audience was quiet, because as soon as the two started singing, it was like listening to a version of the original duo.
Blue-eyed Colm has a steady voice that harmonizes well with Keith’s vocals. These two were the perfect partners for this song, and even the viewers couldn’t help comparing them to the original duo. In most cases, nothing can beat the original, but the audience were in unison: These two could give Simon and Garfunkel a run for their money.
Colm and Keith’s performance, though, symbolized how much of an impact Simon and Garfunkel’s music had on the industry. It was ironic in the sense that the album that the song was a part of was a commercial failure. It was the pair’s debut album, titled “Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.”
Because it was a flop, the duo actually broke up. But after a year, the song began to draw attention when it was aired on radio stations. The song’s producer then remixed it, adding drums and electric music. After another year, Simon and Garfunkel reunited, led by the unexpected fame of their song. Surprisingly, the song was originally called “The Sounds of Silence.”
The video of Celtic Thunder’s members, Colm and Keith, performing the iconic song has garnered more than five million views. Many of the people who watched it on YouTube were convinced this cover was the best they’ve heard. Some people who don’t usually like covers praised the singers for keeping the essence and heart of the song.
It was a chilling performance that reminded all those in attendance of the power of music.