Worlds Within recensie Rootstime.be

Hoewel hij net zestig jaar is geworden, kunnen we de Nederlandse singer-songwriter Ad Vanderveen zeker niet verwijten dat hij zich rustig op zijn pensioen aan het voorbereiden is. De folk- en Americana-liedjes zingende troubadour heeft namelijk pas zijn 30e album uit zijn meer dan 40 jaar durende muzikale carrière voorgesteld.
Het tien tracks tellende album “Worlds Within’” volgt iets meer dan één jaartje op zijn laatste prachtige dubbelalbum “Presents Of The Past / Requests Revisited” waarin hij een overzicht van de beste songs uit zijn lange loopbaan presenteerde. Op deze nieuwe cd verlengt hij opnieuw zijn langjarige muzikale samenwerking met levenspartner en zangeres Kersten de Ligny (wat passen die twee harmonieus samen zingende stemmen toch schitterend bij elkaar!).
Producer van “Worlds Within’” is bassist Pete Fisher, terwijl René Kaaij de zwart-witte klavieren van piano, Hammondorgel en accordeon bespeelt, Frans Cornelissen op trombone en bastuba blaast, Bianca de Vrind op fluit excelleert en Timon van Heerdt op contrabas en Nico de Gooijer en Rogier van der Erve op drums voor de ritmische begeleiding bij de tien songs zorgen. Ad Vanderveen zingt al deze zelf gecomponeerde nummers en speelt daarbij op gitaren, banjo en mondharmonica.
Dat dit weer een zeer professioneel klinkende plaat is geworden hoeven we eigenlijk al niet meer te vertellen. De verhalende gedichten op muziek die Ad Vanderveen componeert getuigen ook nu weer van zijn uitzonderlijke talent en klasse, zowel als zanger en als songschrijver van tijdloze liedjes. Het mooiste aan de muziek van deze Nederlander vinden wij de soberheid in de instrumentatie, die altijd wel duidelijk en voldoende aanwezig is, maar vooral subtiel en vaak akoestisch blijft en nooit echt nadrukkelijk op het voorplan treedt.
Daarmee geeft Ad Vanderveen aan dat hij de woorden bij deze liedjes toch nog altijd het belangrijkste deel van zijn creatief werk vindt. Tekstueel sterke songs op deze plaat zijn o.a. titeltrack “Worlds Within’”, “Sinking In Doubt” (zie live vertolking op bijgaande video), “Changing Like The Wind”, “Affirmation Blues” en “Rise Up”. Maar is er ook plaats voor mooie liefdesliedjes dankzij o.a. “Mystery”, “Impossible Love” en het naar Neil Young’s akoestische jaren ’70-werk lonkende “All The Waiting’.
Moet het nog gezegd worden dat deze 30e plaat van Ad Vanderveen alweer zal getuigen van zijn vakmanschap en professionalisme en zeker ook als een mooie aanvulling van uw platenverzameling kan gelden. Hij is nog lang niet uitgezongen en iets in ons doet vermoeden dat we al snel weer nieuw werk van deze sympathieke en hardwerkende singer-songwriter zullen mogen tegemoet zien.

New album Worlds Within

Fresh from our publicist:

AD VANDERVEEN – ‘Worlds Within’
*poetry and music in motion*

How do you promote a discrete and introspective piece of work? You don’t, really. You can only make an announcement and hopefully notify those who might be interested. Here goes:

At age 60 singer-songwriter Ad Vanderveen realizes more than ever that writing is primarily a personal necessity; it’s between him and the universe and a small but devoted fan-base is welcome to listen in.

Vanderveen has been a musical adventurer for well over 4 decades, exploring and following his muse wherever it takes him. This time this path led to acoustic improvisational songs with a contemplative mood and atmosphere.

‘Worlds Within’ is an album of poetry and music in motion, in the sense that it consists of poems set to music with an improvisational approach. Some of the songs turned out like compact folk tunes, while others seem to lose track of time  and venture way beyond the usual 3 to 4 minute time span.

The lyrics have a personal and philosophical character and the music breathes a contemplative and mystical atmosphere, rooted in an earthy acoustic folk style.
These songs started out private and personal, as songs do, and together with some great musicians we made what you could call a record of contemporary folk with some jazz and classical overtones.”

Ad Vanderveen has built up an impressive catalog of CDs over the past decades. In 2017 this will be augmented by ‘Worlds Within’, his 30th record release of new originals.

Having just come from inside of this new music it’s tempting to go into superlatives. Of course it feels like the best I’ve ever done, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it.
But the truth is I don’t have any perspective, I traded that in for unconditional love and care in crafting it. All I know is that it comes from a very deep place”.
AV October 2016.

‘The Barn Basics’ limited edition CD

Especially for those interested in acoustic music, an independent limited-edition CD with an acoustic version of the 2016 ‘The Stellar Cellar Band CD will be made available. This high-quality recording was made in an old barn with acoustics and an atmosphere very well suited to the music.

Alongside Vanderveen on vocals/guitars/harmonica is his partner and long-time musical companion Kersten de Ligny on harmony vocals, autoharp and percussion.
Where ‘The Stellar Cellar can be said to have more of an urban rock’n’roll vibe, The Barn Basics, as is to be expected, emphasises the folk and country aspects of the music.
This sparse setting makes for a very up close and personal listening experience, with the focus on the lyrics, chords and emotional content at the heart of the songs.
The Barn Basics will be available in a limited run parallel to the release of The Stellar Cellar Band  CD on March 11 2016.

Pre orders now on our store page.




The adventures on and off the road with my band The O’Neils are coming to an end.
After 16 years, playing together and keeping up the old garage spirit has reached its limits, outlasting my expectations by far.
We will play our scheduled shows until end of october 2014 so come out to see this soon to be legendary band while you can…
Thanks to all our friends and fans, it has been a joyful ride!

Acoustic shows either solo or Duo, or as a Trio will continue and also a new band line up seems to be developing.
New plans on the horizon;
New songs, as well as a project of revisiting older ones are in the making.
Stay tuned and see you down the road!

Beat The Record – Liner notes 2

Whenever I buy a new record I hope to learn about other people’s lives, truths, philosophies, skills and craft.
This is what I single out and any productional efforts to be “impressive” are usually not very interesting to me.
It seems nowadays that most of the attention people pay to music goes to style and form, the outside packaging.
To me this is out of proportion to the essence of it and it often feels like the song and its contents are overlooked.

As prove many folk records, a good song, instrument, microphone, room and, of course, heart-felt performance can make for a great recording.
Differences in sound quality between demos and studio recordings like in the old days can be pretty minimal these days.
In my case, when a batch of songs is finished I first have to tell old Mr. Neumann about it.
Mr. Adolph Neumann is a U47 microphone dating back to the 1940s and he faithfully reproduces any sounds entrusted to him.
Listening back these recordings sound like an introduction to my own songs, that in some cases have been in progress for years.

Next I am struck by the notion that this is basically all I need to hear from the songs.
A few quick and minimal dubs take it home and make it presentable to my ears.
I could go on and add and re-record stuff but the question is how much better will it be for the song?
This is my ongoing dilemma more or less… is less more, is more less….?
Weighing all the choices, options and cues available I decided to put this out as is.
I hope you’re with me and will enjoy this.

AV on soundcarriers

“I love soundcarriers.
Physical hands-on documents.
I count my life in soundcarriers, my own as well as others’.
They are a diary, they keep a score and order.
They are a culmination of life in music and poetry,
a journal, materializing in groups of songs from period to period.
Great love, care and energy goes into crafting them and bringing them home.
Home to myself and to a select audience around the world.
All my soundcarriers are exclusive limited edition issues,
published by dedicated independents.
I am fortunate and thankful to always have had the right people
and circumstances around to make them happen.”
AV, May 2013

A quote from Neil Young

A quote from Neil Young, addressing a convention of recording industry folk:

“That’s only one way of making records. A lot of you out here are craftsmen: just beautiful records, and take great care with every note. And I know I’m not one of them. I like to capture the moment. I like to record the moment. I like to get the first time that I sung the song. I like to get the first time the band plays the song. So there’s a lot of compromises you make to get that feeling, but in the long run, that’s where the pictures are when I hear my words and when I see the pictures while I’m listening. So that’s what we try to record.”

Speaking of  ‘Beat the Record’ ; could have said it better myself but he beat me to it…