Linde Nijland has been performing for many years, first as part of well known harmony singing duo Ygdrassil till 2007 -, lately as a successful folk singer and songwriter. In recent years she has been working closely together with multi-instrumentalist Bert Ridderbos (guitars, banjo, cittern, accordion).
Linde has made 10 albums and 2 DVDs and tours all over Europe with her crystal clear voice and captivating performance. She has received high acclaim for her renditions of songs by the late Sandy Denny, her all time favuorite singer.
Joe Boyd (former producer of Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Pink Floyd) said about her album: ‘Linde Nijland has given Sandy Denny’s music the respect it deserves, and made a lovely and fresh record that shows off her beautiful voice as well as her good taste’. July 2009 he invited her to be part of an All Star Fairport Convention reunion concert in the Barbican Hall in London (with i.e. Richard Thompson). In 2014 Linde sang guest vocals during Fairport Convention’s Dutch tour. Linde was also part of the BBC Radio 2 documentary about Sandy Denny by Bob Harris in 2008.
Apart from her albums with Ygdrassil and “Linde Nijland sings Sandy Denny” Linde has made a Dutch album, the poetic ‘Visman’ and an album with winter songs. In 2011 a DVD / CD of Linde’s adventurous musical journey to Bhutan in 2008 was released (see Dutch article NRC Handelsblad below). It showed intriguing performances by Linde and Bert Ridderbos in Serbia, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India and Bhutan, partly together with local traditional musicians.
An animated music video for Linde’s song ‘Traveller’ made by Iranian artist Sam Chegini won awards at international film festivals in Canada and the US. In 2014 Linde’s intimate new album ‘I Am Here’ was released and accordingly pop magazine Heaven called her the “best folk singer of The Netherlands”. In 2015 Linde performed with artists like Iain Matthews and Fred Piek and successfully did 3 one-off reunion concerts with Ygdrassil. Autumn 2017 Linde’s new album The Jukebox Project has been released.