“Singer-songwriter Michael Veitch is probably not so well known to the general public. This American musician ended up after several wanderings through America and Canada in the German city of Munich where he lived and worked for two years. He was discovered in the early 1990s by the American folk singer Shawn Colvin and also became interested when the American social activist, folk singer and songwriter Judy Collins recorded his song “Veteran’s Day” in 2013 for her album “Judy Collins With Friends”.
At the beginning of this year, Michael Veitch released the record “Box Of Letters” with old recordings of live performances during tours and for all kinds of radio shows in the period from 2000 to 2016. Now there follows a five-song EP that under the title “Wake Up Call “will appear. The five songs are all socially and politically inspired songs with the just mentioned “Veteran’s Day” at the very front of the track list. On the video accompanying this review, you can view and listen to his acoustic live rendition of that song.
In “Pleding Allegiance” he presents economic equality and social justice for every citizen in the world. In “Voices Of The Old Days” he reminds the younger generations of the horror of the past World Wars. That song came about after he had visited the first Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Bavaria, something that had left a lasting impression on him.
Song number four on this mini-disc is “White Rose”, a song that should be regarded as a tribute to the “white rose” students from Munich who protested against Hitler’s fascism and had to pay for their lives. Slotsong “Happy Fourth Of July” reminds the listeners what the American ‘Independence Day’ holiday actually means, namely the historic date on which America declared its independence 241 years ago on 4 July 1776.
The beautiful tenor voice of Michael Veitch sounds convincing and soothing in these songs and the lyrics to the songs are a kind of history lesson for the listener. They are songs with mostly optimistic messages that will make you think about life and about all the mechanisms that can affect our well-being and our happiness. Michael, I would like to hear more about this good soon.”
The folk singer / songwriter has long been the voice of and for the people. They encourage. They remind. They warn. Their music is a cape that shelters, protects and encloses. This is a mantle that Michael Veitch wears eloquently
CKOL, Campbellford, Ontario, Canada
New Quote from Judy Collins RE: “Veteran’s Day” by Michael Veitch
There’s a song called “Veteran’s Day” which I’ve been singing in my concerts, and it’s Veteran’s weekend, and I sang it in Calgary and I sang it over here. Anyway, that song that I found when I was one of the judges in Noel Paul Stookey’s song contest he holds every year. It’s called Music to Life, I think it’s called, and when I heard that song a few years ago, it just stayed with me and stayed with me and wouldn’t go out of my mind and I decided I had to do it.
New Times/Broward Palm Beach Match 13, 2014
From New Review for Postcards From Vermont Vol. 1
“Michael Veitch will work it’s magic on days you want a delicate, melancholy, honest and pure acoustic sound to fill your atmosphere. Its strong suit is its overall consistency, lyrical wisdom and bold passion and straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; it took raw courage and honesty to write and perform these songs. What I like most about Veitch is there is no attempt to hide how he feels, or sugarcoat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that has the courage to show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Michael Veitch is one of those artists. ”
Cyrus Rhodes, Muse’s Muse August 1, 2013
From a recent review for Judy Collin’s CD “Bohemian”
Jerry Marotta, Drummer, Producer: A giant.
Artie Traum, singer songwriter: Michael Veitch is a songwriter of uncommon talent and ability. Painted Heart is a collection of moving, smart and well-crafted songs. The excellent production by Julie Last (and great backup musicians) puts this effort in world-class territory. Goodbye Never Sounded So Sweet should become the anthem of the growing anti-Bush movement. It’s a contemporary hit just waiting to be discovered.
Shawn Colvin became a true believer in Michael Veitch, giving him her solid endorsement saying: “In addition to being a topical songwriter, Michael Veitch also has to his credit the gift of writing some really great personal songs like “One Night an Angel”. “Time Wins Again”, and “TRU-LUV”. For me, Michael passes the ultimate test of any performer-he moves me.”
Susan Werner, singer songwriter: “Michael writes songs that are like good architecture, beautiful structure, well built, and wonderful to be inside. and oh yeah, they matter.”
Charlie Hunter, New England music presenter: “Michael Veitch has a romantic’s eye, a poet’s voice and the brave heart of a fighter. Veitch’s music does what the great 19th century columnist Finley Peter Dunne directed journalists everywhere to do: “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
Emily Kaitz, singer songwriter: “Michael Veitch is an intensely haunting songwriter and a riveting performer. His New York Journal album so captivated me that I listened to it over and over at least 25 times consecutively, and went on to book a 2 week tour of Texas with him. I have yet to hear a song of his that didn’t move me.”
Dirty Linen hails Michael’s singing voice “…a terrific tenor that is openly expressive and beautifully nuanced.”
Performing Songwriter chose Michael’s first CD as one of their Top 12 D.Y.I. picks of the month.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says “Veitch is riveting…a vivid illustration of the miles of difference between a master songwriter and the guys who’ll be standing in line at this week’s open mic nights.”
Michael Gasser, Swiss Journalist says “If you like Richard Shindell, then I think you will really like Michael Veitch…he plays with a rare intensity.”
Greg Johnson, The Blue Door, Oklahoma City says: “Veitch is a master songwriter and singer. Few artists working the singer/songwriter circuit even come close.”
David Pyles, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, said “Michael is the best ‘not yet famous’ singer songwriter out there.”