Vera van Heeringen
Gifted multi instrumentalist combines soulful contemporary Americana-roots flavoured songwriting with tasty playing.
Vera’s live performances are always intimate, full of feel, groove and diversity. It’s unusual to find someone who’s as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist, who brings the guitar to life in way that is entirely her own. She’s subsequently been compared to people like John Martyn and Richard Thompson.
Vera has an open, charming onstage presence that belies her outstanding flat-picking, and the ability to tug at your dancing shoes with a well-chosen rollicking fiddle tune or reduce you to tears with a poignant lyric, making for a great gig that will linger long in the memory.
Currently Vera tours with a solid acoustic trio compromising harmony king Dave Luke on guitar, vocals and mandolin. Dave has been the backbone of many hard working country bands and toured extensively with Nashville singer songwriter Gail Davies, playing the likes of the Grand Ole Opry. On double bass she’s got record producer extraordinaire Andy Seward. Andy was part of folk superstar Kate Rusby’s band as well as working with Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson and Andy Cutting. He currently plays with Martin Simpson and Brooks Williams.
“This lady oozes class…” John Atkins, fRoots
“She can play the acoustic guitar better than most...” Alan Harrison, NoDepression
"Acoustic music wrapped in gentle wistful melodies that aim for and hit the heart..." Maurice Hope, Flying Shoes blog
"She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too. Go see her play live..." Tim O'Brien