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 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.
Recently, on hearing Vanderveen’s 2017 album ‘Worlds Within‘ none other than Van Morrison personally invited him as his opening act, while another one of AV’s long-time favorites, John Gorka,joins in a duet on the 2018 album ‘Denver Nevada‘.
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 FROM PRESS AND PEERS:
“AD VANDERVEEN; What an excellent singer and songwriter! His songs and his singing carve their own niche in the canon of American song. Maybe you have to stand a little way outside it to see it so clearly”. Record producer and writer Joe Boyd
“Vanderveen’s reflective musings… give his songs a weary charm that’s all but irresistible, and while he sometimes takes his cues from others – John Stewart, Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot, and Neil Young all occasionally come to mind – his body of work could easily garner the envy of any acoustic bard armed with a guitar, a melodious voice, and a sizable stash of songs.” ~ Lee Zimmerman, No Depression
“ 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
“ Ad Vanderveen; How did a Dutch guy inherit the soul of Americana? He is the real thing, a musical adventurer with the true gift of total musicianship. It’s not just that he can write, sing and play his instrument with total versatility and command of his craft…it’s that he draws from the deepest water in the well, the music that speaks of the spirit and the quest for self understanding”. Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson
“ 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
“ Ad Vanderveen’s melodic and heartfelt songs slip into your mind like a brand new friend you feel like you’ve already known for years”. Singer/songwriter/novelist Richard Dobson
AD VANDERVEEN-“What beautiful songs this man writes. Hailed as one of new folk and roots finest singer-songwriters, Dutch-born, Canadian-raised Ad Vanderveen utterly captivates with this expressive, yet steady guitar-led number (“Rest In Peace”); the swells of harmonica and undercurrent of female harmony underline the song’s poetic potency.” Maverick Magazine, UK
“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”. writer/journalist Jan Donkers
“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 songs have evolved their own voice”. Michael Tearson, Sing Out! Magazine