Simon Kempston

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Simon Kempston
Kempston in Nis, Serbia, 2018
Kempston in Nis, Serbia, 2018
Background information
BornEdinburgh, Scotland
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • guitarist
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, slide guitar
Years active2008–present

Simon Kempston is a Scottish singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Dundee, Scotland.


Simon Kempston is now based in Edinburgh. The Herald has referred to him as 'one of Scotland's very best singer-songwriters'.[1][2][3]

He has released fifteen albums and one EP,[4] ten of which have been engineered and co-produced by Scottish folk musician Ian McCalman of The McCalmans.[5] This discography consists of nine song-based albums, one song-based EP, four instrumental acoustic guitar albums and two alt-blues albums under the pseudonym Man Gone Missing.[6]

Simon Kempston has performed in 35 countries across the world, and in 2019 performed more than 120 concerts across four continents,[1][7] whilst in the past has performed at many major music venues and festivals including Celtic Connections, Sligo Live, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Cropredy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[8][9]


Simon Kempston

  • Our Land, Their Freedom EP (2008)
  • Carefree Prisoner (2009)[10]
  • Impasse (2011)[11]
  • How We Once Were (2012)[12]
  • A Fine Line (2013)[13]
  • The Last Car (2015)[14]
  • Vanishing Act (2016)[15]
  • Broken Before (2018)[1]
  • Hand On My Heart (2020)[16][17]
  • You Can't Win Every Time (2022)

Simon Kempston (Instrumental Acoustic Guitar)

  • The Loss of an Unknown (2009)
  • Estranged (2014)
  • Onwards She Travels (2017)[18]
  • In Gratitude of Solitude (2020)[19]

Man Gone Missing

  • Beyond Desolate (2009)[6]
  • Burn You (2010)[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Suitcase and guitar in hand: Simon Kempston on how his travels inspire him". The Herald. Glasgow.
  2. ^ "2012 REVIEW: TOP 50 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR". The Herald. Glasgow.
  3. ^ Chai, Daniel (20 September 2018). "7 things to do in Vancouver today: Thursday, September 20". Daily Hive.
  4. ^ "Music – Simon Kempston".
  5. ^ "Kevock Digital".
  6. ^ a b "Man Gone Missing – Beyond Desolate | The Skinny".
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Simon Kempston, The Royal Oak, Review | Edinburgh Guide".
  9. ^ "Simon Kempston (Simon Kempston) | ThreeWeeks Edinburgh".
  10. ^ "Carefree Prisoner". 1 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Impasse". 1 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Simon Kempston: How We Once Were (Self-Portrait Records)". The Herald. Glasgow.
  13. ^ "FolkWorld #54: CD Reviews".
  14. ^ "Simon Kempston: The Last Car (Self-Portrait Records)". The Herald. Glasgow.
  15. ^ "Album review: Simon Kempston, Vanishing Act (Self-Portrait)". The Herald. Glasgow.
  16. ^ "Album Review: Hand On My Heart By Simon Kempston". The Herald. Glasgow.}
  17. ^ "Album review: Simon Kempston: Hand On My Heart". The Scotsman.
  18. ^ "Album Review: Hand On My Heart By Simon Kempston". The Herald. Glasgow.}
  19. ^ "Album Review: Hand On My Heart By Simon Kempston". The Herald. Glasgow.}
  20. ^ "Album review: Man gone missing: Burn you". The Scotsman.

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