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TITLE: CARELESS INTERVENTIONIST
PERFORMED By: SIMON KEMPSTON
PRESENTED By: SUNNY A.
CAMERA: GEDIMINAS DAŠKEVIČIUS // SOUND: PAULIUS VELIULIS
PRODUCED By: SUNNY AGGARWAL
About : Simon
Simon Kempston is one of Scotland's best young songwriters and leading fingerstyle guitarists. Simon's 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 and is complemented by Simon's rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.
An award-winning songwriter and an inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon's songs are amongst the most thought-provoking you are likely to hear, 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), 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 headlne 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 full-length album 'Carefree Prisoner' was released in November 2009 to rave reviews nationwide by radio stations and the music press alike. His much anticipated follow-up, the stripped back 'Impasse' was released in summer 2011, his sheer talent for songwriting of the highest order shining through on both records, which have justifiably seen Simon frequently compared with John Martyn, Nick Drake and Richard Thompson.
Simon has also released one album of instrumental guitar pieces 'The Loss of an Unknown' and regularly tours as 'Man Gone Missing, an alternative blues act with which he has composed, recorded and released two critically acclaimed albums.
Simon's third album, which sees him reignite his relationship with Ian McCalman as producer is his best collection of songs yet. The album is entitled 'How We Once Were' and will be released in July 2012. Immerse yourself in the soundscape of this incredibly talented performer and allow his beautifully crafted folk-tinged songs to transport you on a uniquely Scottish journey.
Website : http://www.simonkempston.co.uk
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