The Watchman

The Watchman

 Eindhoven, North Brabant, NLD
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Ad van Meurs is deeply rooted in transatlantic folk & blues. Some people in The Netherlands call him Mr.Americana. Ad writes catchy songs and feels best when he is somewhere on a stage singing and playing ’fingerpicking’ and ‘slide’guitar.He plays by himself,or accompanied by of one of his groups as there are The Watchman, No Blues , The Folksurvivalclub.He co-created a beautiful roadmovie about the Heartlands : ‘Searchin’for the Heart of The Heartlands’.
Ad also organises a weekly mondayni

Biography

If you say The Watchman plays roots, you're right. If you say The Watchman plays American Folk, you're right. The Watchman is not easily categorised. The music of The Watchman is a search for originality along a road full of traditional elements, 'roots', improvisation and happy songwriting. If anything,his music is straight from the heart, a heart that knows more doubts than certainties and is always hopelessly in love with life. Last album High Acres:.Is High Acres The Watchman's most contemplative album to date? It may very well be, together with Carnival of Circumstance, his previous album, which was so well received. But in this case the rule is: soft = heavy !! There are no dull moments on this collection of songs which all feature The Watchman's trademark sound. Intriguing, almost hypnotic songs with a definite romantic feel, sung in a compelling way by Ad and his wife Ankie, who was also responsible for the more than agreeable production. She has a producer's style of her own . And it goes without saying that Ad van Meurs himself picks his guitar as fluently as ever,. There are songs about grandfatherhood (sic!), the bigger powers, jealousy, magpies in a tree, falling leaves in autumn, the search for God, youth, love, and puppy love and what have you. High Acres is transatlantic folk & blues from The Watchman: sincere, luxurious and addictive.

Discography

1990 The Watchman Ryko disc ( produced by Joe Boyd )
1992 Narcisse Van Records
1994 Peaceful Artillery Van Records ( produced by
'Cowboy'Jack Clement )
1996 Broken Lock and Rhyme Van Records
1998 Flight over Life Van Records
1999 Live at Anderson Fair Texas Van Records
( Houston)
2000 Melancholicus Realisticus Monkey Man Records
2001 Elsewhere Bound with The Very Girls
Continental Record Services
Recovery Houston
2002 Carnival of Circumstance Continental Record Services
2004 Weep on Willow Rounder Europe
2006 High Acres Rounder Europe
2008 Break of dawn ( + Folksurvibalclub ) Rounder Europe
2009 Movie : Searching for the Heart of the Heartlands
available on DVD , broadcasted on Dutch National Television

And four albums with the world folkgroup No BLues between 2005-2010

1 Farewell Shalabye
2 Ya Dunya
3 Lumen
4 Hela Hela