Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards
Saturday, 20th May 2017
Doors Open: 7.30pm Show Starts at: 8.00pm
Prices: In Advance £13.00 On the door £15.00
Led by distinguished Bostonian songwriter and fiddle player Laura Cortese, the Dance Cards’ bold and elegant sound is schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock ‘n’ roll hip swagger.
Bandmates Valerie Thompson (fiddle), Jenna Moynihan (cello) and Natalie Bohrn (upright bass) bring their own multi-genre credentials to embellish the stylish mix, providing fabulous four part harmonies to Laura’s poignant and powerful lead vocals.
The Berklee College of Music and Brandon University Music School graduates create a sound that can start as an old time string band before morphing into a string quartet, female acappella group or indie band, all while staying honest and true to their identity as folk instrumentalists. Watching the Dance Cards on a summer festival main stage or tearing it up late-night at a club, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum - this is post-folk that seriously rocks.
Laura is one of the American roots scene’s most in demand collaborators, playing and recording with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, The Low Anthem’s Jocie Adams and on Rose Cousin’s Juno award winning album We Have Made a Spark, amongst many others. With The Dance Cards she has created a widely praised band whose unusual instrumentation, sophisticated string arrangements and rich harmonies can be delicate or full throttle, powerful and cinematic.