Updated July 13, 3:40 pm
On Tuesday night, local musician Nina Violet performed at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury in an event sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation. Nina has been a fixture on the local music scene for years; she was joined by Adam Lipsky on piano and synth and Annie Howell on the harp. Mr. Lipsky, a native Vineyarder now living in California, flew in two days before the concert to accompany Ms. Violet, and they played together seamlessly. Ms. Violet and Ms. Howell, a resident of Chilmark, have been playing together for about a month in preparation for the show.
The set opened with two instrumental compositions which showcased Ms. Violet on violin. The presence of Ms. Howell’s harp added an ethereal and sometimes dramatic texture to the songs. Ms. Violet then traded her violin for her acoustic guitar, and sang songs from her three albums, as well as some that have yet to be released. Ms. Violet is a versatile musician whose work spans several genres, but Tuesday’s concert featured her mellow side. She has developed into a mature songwriter, and her multioctave voice at times reminded one of singer/songwriter Dar Williams.