The Rockport Folk Summit makes its grand return with a dynamic concert featuring two fantastic, progressive-minded singer-songwriters both making their Rockport debut. Fiddler/singer Laura Cortese and her all-female, guitar-less string band, the Dance Cards, and the dulcet-voiced songwriter Ana Egge will each play a set before joining together for a rollicking collaborative finale.
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
Laura Cortese wears many hats: fiddler, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, community builder, and creativity instigator. Her band Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards is a quartet of singing string players (fiddler Jenna Moynihan, cellist Valerie Thompson and bassist Natalie Bohrn) whose original music draws from diverse traditions and experiences to create a broad-minded yet clear-eyed sonic vision. It’s based in the lyrical rituals of folk music while exploring new territories, moving seamlessly from gauzy, ethereal vocal harmonies to rowdy indie-rock percussion to propulsive fiddle melodies directly from Appalachia or Scotland. It’s a new kind of pop music: born from the folk tradition, traveling the roads of 70s California, and delivered with power and heart. The Dance Cards are not a string-band, not a string quartet, not an a cappella group or indie band, but somehow all of those at once, all while staying firmly rooted in an identity as folk instrumentalists. Before forming the Dance Cards, Laura Cortese’s career included stints as an instrumentalist with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Rose Cousins, and Uncle Earl. The collective credits among the Dance Cards exist on a broad continuum from Darol Anger to Amanda Palmer, from the symphony to prog rock, and even into protest music like Pete Seeger and Michael Franti. Their new album, California Calling, has been called “stunning” by Acoustic magazine.
“ their close and complex harmonies and imaginative arrangements signify the best of folk right now.”- The Bluegrass Situation