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Simon Kempston

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

A subtle display of true musical talent and accomplished song-writing, Simon Kempston and his cellist Tom Merritt-Smith make an unassuming pair – it soon becomes clear that any bravado would detract from the songs in which Simon’s passion is conveyed directly and absolutely through his contemplative lyrics and powerful guitar playing. Despite a clipped vocal style, meaning some lyrics are lost, the instrumental sections with Kempston’s intense finger-picking technique – reminiscent of Bert Jansch or Australia’s John Butler – more than impress. Simon’s masterful guitar playing and the diverse sounds from the cello combine to produce a series of inspired and soulful songs such as ‘Carefree Prisoner’. Dundee has undoubtedly produced one of Scotland’s most poetic and expressive musicians.

Acoustic Music Centre at St Brides, 14 Aug, 9.00pm (10.00pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp219.
tw rating 4/5