Simon Kempston

Music (acoustic)

  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+


Scottish singer-songwriter and leading acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Simon Kempston has toured the world performing his highly original, contemporary acoustic folk/blues songs and music, and is a unique talent. His beautifully crafted folk-tinged material showcases his incredible, distinctive and intricate finger style guitar work – an exciting blend of the folk-baroque, blues and classical styles, and his gently nuanced, compelling tenor vocals. An inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon’s live performances are intense and impassioned, the subject matter chiefly Scottish, yet with universal appeal. These intimate home town concerts are unmissable. ‘One of Scotland’s very best singer-songwriters’ (Herald). ‘Stunning talent’ (STV).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 14 steps up down into this venue. the toilets are also down on this level.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Emily McHale 38 days ago

Recommended by a friend and Simon did not disappoint. Lovely chilled evening. Simon welcomed us at the door. Great combination of songs, stories and laughs. One to see this Fringe

Aimee 38 days ago

I was recommend to see this show by a friend and would highly recommend myself. Fantastic acoustic guitar performance and singing. Love the stories behind the songs and had good banter with the audience. A must see.

Avril Sutherland 41 days ago

Simon is a warm and funny guy. He is very talented, a great musician and his performance is a must to see. You can see and hear his passion for music in every song. Had a very enjoyable evening. O e to keep an eye on for the future.

CAROL 47 days ago

Bought tickets for this show at the Royal Oak on Saturday evening. Was very impressed with the content of the show. Simon is a very talented exceptionally good musician, comedian and song writer. Would highly recommend a visit you wont be disappointed. A great show not to be missed.

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Clara 47 days ago

Glad I stumbled across this show tucked away in the basement of the Royal Oak. Good relaxed venue. Very entertaining, with a mix of upbeat, blues, and captivating acoustic guitar performance with compelling storytelling lyrics. Enjoyed the background stories to the lyrics as well as the banter with the audience and what brilliant guitar skills. What a talent! A must see, highly recommend, 5 stars. Thanks Simon for putting on a great show!

Soph 52 days ago

Came across this Show and thought I’d give it a try. Am I glad I did? Totally amazing songs and guitar playing and a nice bit of banter in between! Lovely venue at the Royal Oak downstairs. Highly recommended - 5 stars. Thankyou Simon, this is what the Fringe is all about. Great to come across gems such as this.

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