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Tony Chapman: Press

(Ro’s response to me singing my song: “Carnage”)
Yeah, that song is really special. Washes away any hatred I had left in me, so that's good :) London is tragic, and we need songs like yours right now.

Ro, organizer of mailto:amsterdamsongwritersguild.com
Ro, organizer - Amsterdam songwriter's guild
(Emailed response from musicians in the audience, at a Sunday afternoon open mike, I played at):

“Hi Toni! Your music is truly wonderful! Thanx for cd! You should also make a new record! Gr Otto 'lucky' Fonz!”
6/21/05
Otto 'lucky' Fonz!”
Friday October 28th, Treehouse Open Mike Night in Amsterdam, (poets, storytellers, standup comedians) doing their stuff. Mostly in English.
Some good singers and other poets followed, with one of the highpoints of
the evening: closing-act singer-songwriter Tony Chapman who performed some
originals and standards at the piano.
His song "Go To Sleep" is a knock-out! Gets more interesting and deeper with
each verse!
A warm, radiant performance. Good planning of the ABC-people to let Tony finish, so we could all go home
on a positive note.
Go hear him, if you have a chance!

Best of luck, Tony,
from Gerrit Vennema (poet/ songwriter)
Gerrit Vennema (poet/ songwriter) - Treehouse open mike night, Amsterdam (Nov 23, 2005)
Lucky Fonz III aka Otto
22 November 2005
Hey Tony, lovely website!
I hope to catch you live soon again. Last time, when you played with the violinplayer, me and my friend Harmen just stood there mesmerized...simply amazing songs you have!
Lucky Fonz III aka Otto - open mike, Cafe Sapho (Nov 25, 2005)
"When Tony starts to sing, the words and melodies just come out naturally
and draw you into his lyrics and notes. His lyrics are about everyday life
and contemporary realities, sung in a warm and stirring voice..."
- Mashid Mohadjerin (freelance photographer, www.mashid.com) (Dec 9, 2005)
Then, from out of the blue, Tony Chapman appeared on the stage of the
bartent at the landjuweel festival 2005. With guitar and voice and his own
compositions he manages to catch the attention. He sings his doubts, loves
and fears in lyrical, original english. In spite of a
freaking soundtechnician he gives a splendid 30 minutes solo performance.
Valentijn Steenhuis (artistiek leider) - Theater de Cameleon, Amsterdam www.decameleon.nl (Dec 10, 2005)
hoi tony,
I heard you and your partner sing at the buurtboerderij in A'dam-westerpark: I really, really liked
it: finally I heard real music with
a real melody. All of me relaxed and I felt at ease.
Your songs tell good stories, I'd
like to hear them again.......

Thanks for the wonderful music and
I hope to hear more of you
groetjes Marijke
maijke paternotte - buurtboerderij in A'dam-westerpark (Dec 22, 2005)
Hi Tony
Thanx for your performance, we enjoyed it very much.
... your style reminds me of Dylan, though your voice is slightly different. It is more the folky style, together with the way you use lyrics.
Visualy you remind me more of Townes Van Zandt, but also here you sound different. You have a style of your own, even though you remind of people like these.
Then there is another part.. you seem to have not only qualities as a musician, but also as an entertainer.
That is my impression...you make people cheerful by your
presentation...
... we would be more than happy to receive
you and your friends again.
See you soon? Serge
Serge Zwergje - Buurtboerderij, music cafe. www.buurtboerderij.nl (Dec 22, 2005)
Tony Chapman sings from the heart because he writes from the heart. He braids his music, his voice, and his lyrics into a tapestry rich with feeling and insight. If you hear it, you'll feel it. His frailty, (openess, vulnerability), is his
strength and in this hectic and often cruel world Tony is willing to share that strength with all who take a moment to slow down and listen.

- Thorne Anderson - Photographer
Thorne Anderson, Photographer and Author (Feb 16, 2006)
Chapman: "chap-stick" for the soul

Amidst the plethora of performing artists, one man stands out. His name is Tony Chapman, singer songwriter. As the first keystrokes on the small piano merge into a dreamy melody, the works of Neil Young come to mind. This man belongs on stage. Well constructed compositions back up smoothly rasp delivered lyrics, songs of melancholy without any bitterness. A rare feat.
His sound is almost solemn and yet he conveys a deep lust for life.
Afterwards both the onlookers and Chapman himself seem to radiate a little more cheerfulness.
Vincent Moritz, free lance film critic (VPRO Gids, Amsterdam Weekly) - Open mike, Friday October 28th ABC Tree House Amsterdam (Feb 16, 2006)

,Hello there tony!! thanks for your amazing CD, "No More U-turns". When i came to hear the song 'Just Passing Through' i was very glad, (apart from the other songs and i never heard the beat-hipster sixties club sound reproduced so well, i guess it's only possible to be done by someone who has it all running in his veins) but when i heard 'marathon of life', with marielle singing 'living, living!' oh man, you should have seen me, dancing, screaming in the room. Really, i'm not joking, it made the start of my day so powerful and pretty. And you know, to me it all fits, because i went out, on my bike for 15 minutes or so, and i saw only details you know, someone's shoes when i was standing by a traffic light, of course only having the chorus of your song in my head (living, living!), a girl singing on her bike and i looked very well but she really had no earphones or whatever, just singing and slowly moving her head and i remembered your saying: 'i like to tell people when they're beautiful', and it all fitted in my new wave feeling, i am absolutely sure there is a new wave coming, the second hippie wave. And everybody contributes, everyone is a drop in the wave. You are a drop, (and you must be sensitive, already feeling it coming in 1999 when you recorded your songs, and probably earlier already) and me, i am a drop, by being me, and quoting your fifth element theory in one of my rush poems.

Review by MJo (May 11, 2015)