Simultaneously rowdy and delicate, cinematic fiddle-based indie-folk. Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards break new ground with a bold new album on Compass Records, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics on two fiddles, cello and upright bass.

Laura Cortese

7:00PM

Cutting her teeth as a sideman in Boston’s roots music scene, Laura Cortese forged a unique path through a pool rich in talent (due to a large population of Berklee School of Music graduates like herself) including stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of the Low Anthem), and Uncle Earl. Her Compass Records debut, CALIFORNIA CALLING, is the next step in her career as a frontwoman and bandleader – she & the Dance Cards – Valerie Thompson (cello), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle), and Zoe Guigueno (bass) break new ground with bold and elegant material, based in the lyrical rituals of folk music but exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. With the support of Sam Kassirer, album producer of folk-pop favorites like Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, they’ve created something that’s simultaneously rowdy, delicate and cinematic.

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