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Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | INDIE

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands | INDIE
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"sing out! Magazine"

I first encounterded Dutchman Ad Vanderveen's songs on More Than A Song, a very nicely produced song pull with old friends Iain Matthews and Eliza Gilkyson. Fine as MTAS is it didn't quite prepare me for AV's solo work.

Ad Vanderveen stretches impressively as a songwriter and performer in several directions. Oddly the specter of Neil Young hovers over his music. Hey, if you want to borrow, borrow from the best! But don't take this NY tribute thing too far; Vanderveen is clearly his own man, an excellent musician on a variety of instruments and a songwriter to take note of. His voice (fortunately) has none of the quirkiness of Young's, it is actually a nice, reedy instrument. His songs have evolved their own voice"

Michael Tearson, Sing Out! Magazine.

- Michael Tearson


"Review"

Artist(s): AD VANDERVEEN Title: CLOUD OF UNKNOWING

You wouldn’t think that one of the best singer songwriters in the new folk and roots genre would hail from the great state of the Netherlands, but he does. This is easily Ad Vanderveen's best album yet. Thoughtful, gentle, but edgy songs that linger long after the disc is over. The songs reflect his thoughts on turning fifty and where he is in the big scheme of things. I’m the same age, but the best I can come up with is that I need some rest. This is the perfect disc for the season.
Village Records.


- Village Records


"review"

Ad Vanderveen is a gem. We have known this for a long time in the Netherlands and I'm happy to learn that the rest of the world has caught on some time ago. One need only listen to his huge and now internationally acclaimed repertoire to be convinced that he is not only a very accomplished guitar player, but also a superb singer/songwriter. Lyrics that stay with you and deserve another listening, and another one. After all the only reason we have not made Ad a national treasure yet is that we want to share him as much with the rest of the world as possible”. writer/journalist Jan Donkers - Jan Donkers


"live review"


“pure Americana. With his musical roots in Canada, Ad Vanderveen has a beautiful repertoire of songs that he sings well and a guitar style that is happy either flatpicking or finger style (clawhammer). The wonderful songs just kept flowing and you can hear “Life’s A River” and “Whose Blues?” on his myspace. “This Fleeting Life”, First Feeling” and “If My Eyes Were Blind” are just a few of the excellent entries in this man’s songbook. Ably accompanied by Kersten Deligny on backing vocals and Jim Morrison on violin, this was a truly enjoyable experience”. Peter Coulston, Last week in London - The Green Note - Last night in London


"review"

Ad Vanderveen is a gem. We have known this for a long time in the Netherlands and I'm happy to learn that the rest of the world has caught on some time ago. One need only listen to his huge and now internationally acclaimed repertoire to be convinced that he is not only a very accomplished guitar player, but also a superb singer/songwriter. Lyrics that stay with you and deserve another listening, and another one. After all the only reason we have not made Ad a national treasure yet is that we want to share him as much with the rest of the world as possible”. writer/journalist Jan Donkers - Jan Donkers


Discography

Solo : Travel Light (1993); Sooner Or Later (1994); Brand New Everytime (1995); Wonders Of The World (1997); The O'Neils (1998); Here Now (2000); One On One (2001); The Moment That Matters (2003); Late Bloomer (2004); DVD: Late Bloomer Adventures (2004); Fields Of Plenty (2005); Cloud Of Unknowing (2006). Soundcarrier (2007); Still Now (2008); Faithful To Love (2009).

With Personnel : On Strike (1983); Off The Record (1986); Personnel Only (1990); Continuing Stories (1992)

With Iain Matthews : The Iain Ad Venture (2000)

With More Than A Song : More Than A Song (2001 Europe/2003 USA); Witness (2003); DVD Witness (2003)

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Biographical notes

Ad Vanderveen has earned a reputation as one of the finest singer/songwriters in the new folk and roots genre. Although born a Dutchman (Hilversum, 1956), half his family are Canadian and it's this part of the world his musical roots can be traced to.
Since the days before it was called Americana Ad has been exploring his songwriting muse through a mixture of rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country, working in many bands before finding his own voice as a solo artist in the early 90s.

His music covers a wide range of styles, from intimate acoustic songs as a solo performer with singer and companion Kersten de Ligny to expressive and extensive electric improvisation with his garage band The O'Neils, as well as everything inbetween.

Over the years Ad has built up an impressive catalog of 16 solo CDs and numerous side projects, working with many great musicians all over the world such as: Al Kooper, Al Perkins, Leland Sklar, Herman Brood, Flaco Jimenez, Iain Matthews, Eliza Gilkyson, Eric Andersen, David Olney, to drop a few names.

Ad Vanderveen's live and record performances have garnered him high praise from critics as well as from a long list of renowned colleagues. His excellent reputation as a singer/songwriter and performer is spreading, both in the old world and the new.

Quotes:
"Ad Vanderveen sings with understated but real emotion. He is an inventive guitarist. He writes with true poetic sensibility. Yet he never sings or plays to merely show off. His music has an honesty and humility that is remarkable".
 
Singer/songwriter David Olney, Nashville 2003
 
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"Ad asks the big questions in his lyrics, and goes for the big love in his life and the large melodies in his music. He leaves out the extraneous notes on his guitar and avoids musical overstatement in his songs .... What remains is what counts: the essence of the music, the pure feel, the arrow to the heart".
 
Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, Austin 2002
 

"AV's songs are life itself. No hidden agendas and no punches pulled. He has both the love and adoration of his growing army of convertees and the unwavering respect of his peers".
 
Singer/songwriter Iain Matthews, Amsterdam 2001