Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards are returning to the islands following a hugely
successful stint at Shetland Folk Festival in 2016. The group have recorded their first
album with producer Sam Kassirer, who has worked with acts such as Lake Street Dive
and Josh Ritter, and will be showcasing new material at Mareel on the back of a
weekend at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival.
Laura’s vision for the band’s sound is bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of
folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and
rock’n’roll hip swagger.
The quartet is currently completed by cellist Valerie Thompson, fiddler Jenna Moynihan
and bassist Jeni Magana, pairing sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal
harmonies to Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing. Watching them on the main stage
at a summer folk festival, 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