Church to host one of coun­try’s lead­ing young song­writ­ers

Acous­tic night at Stonelaw Parish Church

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Stonelaw Parish Church’s lat­est acous­tic night will wel­come one of Scot­land’s best young song­writ­ers at its next gig.

Simon Kemp­ston will place at the Meet­ing Place on May 29.

He is one of the coun­try’s lead­ing fin­ger­style gui­tarists, whose orig­i­nal, dis­tinc­tive gui­tar play­ing is founded upon a com­plex, fin­ger-pick­ing style which tech­ni­cally re­veals his clas­si­cal train­ing yet is steeped in the his­tory of the folk, blues and Celtic tra­di­tions.

Th­ese are com­ple­mented by Simon’s rich, pow­er­ful and com­pelling clipped vo­cal style.

An award-win­ning song­writer and an inspiring, po­etic lyri­cist, Simon’s songs are thought-pro­vok­ing, of­ten sidestep­ping the usual themes of love and at­trac­tion in favour of of­fer­ing so­cial com­men­tary and an in­sight into the ev­ery­day lives of peo­ple. His love of Celtic land­scape cou­pled with his trav­els abroad, par­tic­u­larly in Eastern Europe, have also in­flu­enced many of his lyrics.

Fas­ci­na­tions with ar­chi­tec­ture and English lit­er­a­ture from a young age have fur­ther helped in the devel­op­ment of his unique lyri­cal style.

Simon is a pow­er­ful and in­tense live per­former, and his true pas­sion for mu­sic and song shines through in his ac­claimed shows. Hav­ing per­formed at scores of es­teemed venues and fes­ti­vals all over Europe, in­clud­ing the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe (sell-out shows in 2010, 2011 and 2013), the Maryport Blues Fes­ti­val, the Glas­gow Jazz Fes­ti­val, Ron­nie Scott’s, Celtic Con­nec­tions, Sligo Live and Fair­port Con­ven­tion’s Cro­predy Fes­ti­val amongst many oth­ers.

In ad­di­tion to his many and var­ied head­line shows across Europe, Simon has also ap­peared on bills with many of the lead­ing artists work­ing to­day in roots mu­sic, in­clud­ing Robert Cray, Hay­seed Dixie, Martin Simp­son, Dave Swar­brick, Dervish, Phil Cun­ning­ham and Archie Fisher to again name just a few. Simon has also per­formed live on BBC ra­dio sta­tions across the UK, as well as other lo­cal and spe­cial­ist mu­sic ra­dio sta­tions.

Simon’s first ful­l­length al­bum Care­free Prisoner was re­leased in Novem­ber 2009 to rave re­views na­tion­wide by ra­dio sta­tions and the mu­sic press alike. His much an­tic­i­pated fol­lowup, the stripped back Im­passe was re­leased in sum­mer 2011, to sim­i­lar ac­claim.

Sum­mer 2012 brought the third al­bum How We Once Were, re­unit­ing the suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship from his de­but with strings ar­ranger Adam Nash and pro­ducer Ian Mc Ca lm a n . Simon’s sheer tal­ent for song­writ­ing of the high­est or­der shines through on all three records, which have jus­ti­fi­ably seen Simon fre­quently com­pared with amongst oth­ers John Mar­tyn, Nick Drake and Bert Jan­sch.

Simon’s fourth al­bum, which sees him reignite his re­la­tion­ship with Ian McCal­man as pro­ducer The al­bum is en­ti­tled A Fine Line and was re­leased in win­ter 2013.

Simon wi l l b e sup­ported by The Mairs Fam­ily band and oth­ers, for what prom­ises to be an­other great night.

The gig starts at 7.30pm, in Stonelaw Church. Tea and cof­fee with home bak­ing are in­cluded in the en­try fee of a £5 do­na­tion, and chil­dren go free.

Tuned in Simon Kemp­ston is com­ing to Stonelaw Parish Church

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