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SIMON KEMPTSON with Special Guest ARI LANTELA
June 17, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Internationally recognized, Simon Kempston is ‘one of Scotland’s very best songwriters’ (The Sunday Herald), a composer and leading finger-style guitarist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
There are very few artists who manage to create a sound on an acoustic guitar which is distinctive, instantly recognizable. Simon’s complex finger-picking style, which draws from the disparate genres of classical, celtic and blues (amongst others) confirms he is certainly one such artist, his subtle style providing the perfect accompaniment for his rich, powerful and compelling tenor vocals.
Live performances are well-known for their intensity, Simon’s true passion for music and songs shine through in his critically acclaimed shows. With more than a decade of international touring behind him in 31 European countries, Siberian Russia, Uzbekistan (the first Scottish artist to do so), Canada (6 tours) and New Zealand, he has performed at a countless number of esteemed venues, festivals, and on a plethora of international radio and television stations.
“One of Scotland’s very best singer-songwriters” – Alan Morrison, The Sunday Herald
“Highly recommended, very fine album from a very fine young Scottish musician” – Iain Anderson, BBC Radio Scotland
“Intelligent, passionate and highly original” – fROOTS magazine
Special guest artist from the Shuswap, ARI LANTELA will open the show and carries a brief bio that sums it up beautifully: “A guitar, a suitcase and some original country blues. Ain’t nothin too fancy”.