Tatter

by Ora Cogan

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    Aquarius Records
    Album: Tatter

    “While on the road Canadian indie songstress Ms Ora Cogan came strolling into our shop with these cd-rs charmingly hand-packaged in cut up old flea market record sleeves. On first glance of the varied decontextualized artworks, you might expect her music to be along the earthy experimental lines of the Bay Area's Jewelled Antler and Jyrk Collectives, but she's definitely coming from a different place -- Salt Spring Island, BC, haha! Seriously though, she's been making good ol' down home, twilight porch swing tunes for the past seven years. Her vocal delivery bears more than a passing resemblance to Ms Jolie Holland's. It possesses that haunting, soulful quality that seems like its source is coming from deep deep within or beyond. Like a mysterious transplant from decades past, it's as though she opens her mouth and a lilting voice from the '20s comes drifting out. It's beautiful in its simplicity, just her and her guitar and a few banjo and back-up vocal additions. Cogan is part of a close knit Canadian folksy sisterhood which includes the Begood Tanyas and Carolyn Mark. If you've a fondness for those ladies (and Ms Holland too), don't wait another second. This is totally for you!”

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The Vancouver Sun
Performance

For those who dropped by early (to The Be Good Tanyas show at The Commodore), local folk singer Ora Cogan also delivered a stunning, if brief set. Looking to get on board with the next hometown-girl-made-good? Cogan may just be your woman.”

Only Magazine
Album: Tatter
by Cameron Reed

“Most folk artists face the difficult task of distinguishing themselves from the dime-a-dozen singer-songwriters and the bedroom floor recording-types. The former may not want to distinguish themselves at all, however. Folk is, after all, a tradition of reworking and reinterpreting existing songs. The latter is generally more precious, fragile and complete disposable bullshit. Ora plays true folk, the kind that is strong and tells stories with a sense of urgency, be it heartbreak or revolution. This album is gorgeous, bitter sweet, and incredibly powerful.”

Rough Trade U.K.
Album: sparrow

“A stunning mini-album from American singer Ora Cogan. Wonderously accomplished, Miss Cogan is blessed with a beautiful sultry, jazzy and bluesy voice and wraps her songs with simple but highly effective arrangements; her own guitar plus brushed drums, irish flute and upright bass. It’s a lovely little 7 tracker that brings to mind Rickie Lee Jones, Joanna Newsom and Jolie Holland.”

Aquarius Records
Album: Tatter

“While on the road Canadian indie songstress Ms Ora Cogan came strolling into our shop with these cd-rs charmingly hand-packaged in cut up old flea market record sleeves. On first glance of the varied decontextualized artworks, you might expect her music to be along the earthy experimental lines of the Bay Area's Jewelled Antler and Jyrk Collectives, but she's definitely coming from a different place -- Salt Spring Island, BC, haha! Seriously though, she's been making good ol' down home, twilight porch swing tunes for the past seven years. Her vocal delivery bears more than a passing resemblance to Ms Jolie Holland's. It possesses that haunting, soulful quality that seems like its source is coming from deep deep within or beyond. Like a mysterious transplant from decades past, it's as though she opens her mouth and a lilting voice from the '20s comes drifting out. It's beautiful in its simplicity, just her and her guitar and a few banjo and back-up vocal additions. Cogan is part of a close knit Canadian folksy sisterhood which includes the Begood Tanyas and Carolyn Mark. If you've a fondness for those ladies (and Ms Holland too), don't wait another second. This is totally for you!”

Songs: Illinois
Album: Tatter
Craig Bonnell

“Folk and jazz mixed together in odd allotments is just about one of my favorite things. As you know doubt may have guessed if it sounds like it's been recorded in a speakeasy in Chicago in 1929 then it'll be featured on Songs:Illinois. Ora Cogan has a record that's ready to go called Tatter but is without a label at the moment. This Canadian artist/singer-songwriter has travelled all over the world performing her music, dance or creating art.
All of these experiences have no doubt affected this new album, Tatter, which contains songs that are as world weary as they are wise.”

Americana, UK
Album: Tatter

“Delicate guitar and a voice that could melt butter combine to give an album that sounds like it was recorded in the middle of a cornfield.”

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released January 2, 2007

Vox - Ora Cogan
Guitar - Ora Cogan
Back up vocals on "Take Me Home" and "Daisy" by Frazey Ford
Back up vocals on "My Sweetie Went Away" and bango on "Take Me Home" by Trish Klein and Back up vocals on "Motherless Child" by Trish Klein, Frazey Ford, John Raham and Mark Beaty.

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