Drew Velting is an American singer-songwriter and accomplished roots-oriented musician. Performing with banjo and acoustic guitar (6- and 12-string), he is widely regarded for his rich, baritone voice and genuinely soulful interpretation of music that incorporates early blues, country, folk, rhythm and blues, and rock influences.
Drew's long-standing concert program, "A Patchwork of American Folk Songs" highlights the richness and diversity of the American roots tradition and includes a range of African-American spirituals, Southern Mountain ballads and more contemporary songs that inspired and represent the folk music revival of the 50's and 60's.
Performing throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Ohio, Drew has recently shared the stage with Tom Chapin, James Maddock, the Guthrie Brothers, Dave Sear, Stu Markus and Gathering Time, Songwriters By the Sea featuring Joe Rapolla, Joe D’Urso, Nicole Atkins, and Mike Peters, and Willow, the acclaimed all-female acapella choir.
“Drew Velting writes moving, beautiful songs that address contemporary social issues. He is a gifted storyteller and musician, carrying forward the legacy of songwriters like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton." - Dave Sear, host of WNYC's Folk Music Almanac
"Amazingly relevant and strong lyrics...a Dylan for the New Age...folk is back!" - B. Keating
"...reminds me of Tom Lehrer, who wrote great parody and original songs in the '60s." - Lady Liberals
"Very Woody Guthrie..." - Resistance
"Hopefully, he will continue to write songs...of resistance, songs of healing, songs of equity, using his talent for social justice" - Susan Bro, Mother of Heather Heyer