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What people are saying about Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards are pushing the envelope as a band, subtly, skillfully and beautifully playing their own wild cards. fRoots Magazine

There's so much depth in this songwriting, and the songs fall into my most favorite category of songwriting: using traditional forms to subvert the tradition.No Depression

a true work of great inspiration.Lonesome Highway

. . .vocally superb . . . amazing talent with the fiddleMaverick

she's turned the humblest sounds and ideas from American roots music into a gloriously ambitious musical project. . .Hearth Music

. . . their close and complex harmonies and imaginative arrangements signified the best of folk right now.The Bluegrass Situation

folk luminary, Laura CorteseBoston Globe

an unlikely heaven-sent artistic collision between Jackie Oates, Scott Skinner and ELO.R2 Magazine

You know it's been a great gig when time flashes by and the mesmerised audience sits glued to their seats, even after two encores.The Nottingham Post

powerful, gutsy and almost certainly going to make musical waves.fRoots

a celebration of American string playing par excellenceSonglines Magazine

...a fantastic fiddle player and vivacious vocalist.FATEA (UK)

Her string-centric, ambient-minded, fiddle pop has a darkness, an edge, and a passion...David Yockel Jr. - City Newspaper (Rochester)

"Into The Dark," a fiddle-drenched, Americana gemEvan Schlansky - American Songwriter

grounded in the lush, joyous, gleeful sound of the collaborative at work and play, and built around Cortese's full-bodied, percussive, lusty fiddlework, her hearty yet oh-so-feminine vocals, and her playful, surprisingly deep songwriting.Joshua Farber - Cover Lay Down

Cortese's mix of modern and traditional styles creates an explosive sound that favors melody and rhythm over overtly technical performances. The momentum in songs like "Blow the Candle Out" propels the listener to a giddy plane where dancing is mandatory.John Wenzel~The Denver Post

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