Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards promise to set Ropery Hall alight

American all-girl group Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards promises to set Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall alight when they play at the Maltkiln Road venue on October 5.

In previous tours of the country the group has delighted music writers and music enthusiasts alike with respected music reviewer David Innes declaring that Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards had been his “most memorable gig” of the past 12 months.

“We’re delighted they are playing at Ropery Hall just one day before the release of their latest album, California Calling,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

Propelled by inspired fiddle and cello playing, warm vocals, and arresting original songs, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards has 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 they are 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,” Liz continued.  “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.”

In previous visits to the UK, the   band has taken the Shetland Folk Festival by storm and created such a buzz that they won an invite to appear as one of the headline acts at this year’s  Orkney Folk Festival.

A fiddler/vocalist and song-writer who digs deep and aims high, Laura grew up in San Francisco and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, immersing herself in the city’s vibrant indie music scene and enjoying a busy touring-and-studio-sidekick career which included appearances with Band of Horses at Carnegie Hall and Pete Seeger at Newport Folk Festival.

But, it’s been with The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impression in recent times. Served up with panache and zing, the music is bold and elegant fare, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock ‘n’ roll swagger with bandmates bringing their own multi-genre credentials to embellish the stylish mix.

Tickets to see the group cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  Advance tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s  Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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