Violet blooms

By Julian Wise - October 25, 2007

Nina Violet's second solo album would have been completed by now if international touring hadn't gotten in the way. In the past year she has played to crowds across Europe as a touring musician with Willy Mason. The early buzz from demos of her upcoming album is that it surpasses her debut in depth and musicianship.

The album was recorded in upstate New York and features a guest appearance from Garth Hudson (The Band) on organ. Colin Ruel and Sam Mason, fellow tour-mates with Willy Mason, join her on the disc. She is joining Milo Jones and Ora Cogan for several dates on a Northeast tour, with stops at Boston College and Hampshire College. Tourmate Milo Jones, a Boston musician who graduated from Berklee College of Music, has carved a reputation in the independent music press as an offbeat, innovative musician who plays on a 3/4 scale guitar and delivers unpredictably quirky songs in a raspy southern drawl.

Ora Cogan is a Vancouver, BC-based musician whose 2006 debut "Tatter" made ripples in the music press over the world and garnered airplay in Canada's college and community radio markets. Her insightful lyrics and bluesy voice create powerful folk portraits in her music. Cameron Reed of Only Magazine was moved by the songs on "Tatter" to write, "This album is gorgeous, bitter sweet, and incredibly powerful."

Nina Violet, Milo Jones, and Ora Cogan, Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 pm. Aboveground Records, Beach Rd., Edgartown. $5 suggested donation.

Julian Wise is a contributing writer to The Times.