Willy Mason & Nina Violet
Willy Mason is an easy character to romanticize. The direct descendent of philosopher William James (the brother of Henry James) and the son of two folk singers, Mason was only 19 when he released his first album, 2004s Where the Humans Eat. His single Oxygen, an unpretentious anti-materialism ode to the forgotten America, announced him as a fresh face of folk and peaked at Number 23 on the UK charts. Three years later, he released If the Ocean Gets Rough. Then, after years of touring, Mason took a break and returned to his hometown, Marthas Vineyard. Mason continues to record and release new music and has toured with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros among others.
Nina Violet is a singer/songwriter/arranger/multi-instrumentalist from Massachusetts, where there are all four seasons. She has toured extensively since she was quite young and continues to adventure, being the kind of person to travel with automotive tools, gowns, guitars, boots, heels, a viola and probably some foul-weather gear.
Playing solo or building bands and ensembles with everything from classical instrumentation to the classic power trio, she'll tell you stories, sing from her heart, and look you in the eye. Ms. Violet has self-released three albums and has just released a limited-run cassette entitled "Untitled" which was sold on her recent tour with old friend Willy Mason. Now that she has made it home for a moment she is recording a fourth LP in her living room instead of owning a couch.
Her songs, like the contents of her traveling vehicles, are hard to categorize - from brutally bare and restrained to a certain punk abandon, the tunes and harmonies are so intoxicating that it's hard at first to latch onto the lyrics, which deserve to be admired for their economy and sheer surprise.
Originally a classical violist before she went rogue, she has learned every crack and burr in her wide vocal range and plays each imperfection like an instrument. It's a joy to hear these clear, seasoned vocals that glow with the beauty of a life-weathered scar.
ATWOOD'S IS A MIX OF SEATING AND STANDING ROOM. PURCHASING A TICKET DOES NOT GUARANTEE SEATING.
21+ / POS. I.D. REQ.
FINAL SALE, NO REFUNDS/EXCHANGES
Atwood's Tavern (View)
877 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|