Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Propelled by inspired fiddle and cello playing, warm vocals, and arresting original songs, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have emerged as one of the most intriguing, versatile, and refreshing groups in the bountiful New England post-folk scene, with a sound that is both bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music whilst backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger.

Boston-based Californian Laura Cortese's heartfelt, powerful singing is paired with sophisticated string arrangements and rich, vocal harmonies from cellist Valerie Thompson, fiddler Jenna Moynihan, and bassist Natalie Bohrn. At times reminiscent of an old-time string band, and at others a chamber string quartet, female a-cappella group or indie band, the group’s sound defies categorisation, yet remains true to the group’s collective and individual identities as folk instrumentalists and vocalists. Their four voices are as core as the instruments they wield, and as much instruments as they are providers of both lyric and harmony. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

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