Quartet of singing string players at the Bazz

Oct 17, 2019
Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards

Belfast — Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards performs Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at The Bazz (Basil Burwell Community Theater), 17 Court St. The group's original music is based in the lyrical rituals of folk while exploring new territories of rhythm and sonics. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 day of show; available at eventbrite.com.

Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards are an indie-folk band made up of four singing string players. The Dance Cards’ sound moves seamlessly from gauzy, ethereal vocal harmonies (“The Low Hum”) to rowdy indie-rock percussion (“Stockholm”) to propulsive fiddle melodies directly from Appalachia or Scotland (“Swing & Turn”). At first glance, the band may resemble a string quartet – there are no guitars to be found. But from the moment the band kicks off the title track of its most recent album, "California Calling," with angular, percussive strumming and powerfully sultry vocals, it’s clear that this is something else. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. The group plans a new release in 2020.

The band draws inspiration from diverse experiences, communities, and musical traditions, melding them into a refined sound that’s broad-minded but clear-eyed. It’s not a stringband, not a string quartet, not an indie band, but somehow all of those at once, all while staying firmly rooted in an identity as folk instrumentalists. It’s adventurous and complex music delivered with power and heart.

For more information about the band, visit thisislauracortese.com.

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