Americana at The Fringe

Americana at The Fringe

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Laura Cortese digs deep and aims high, 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 her band, The Dance Cards that she has made the biggest impact. It’s 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.

Writing in RnR magazine, David Innes awarded them his “Most Memorable Gig of The Year” vote saying they “swung with constraint-free exuberance, tugging at and capturing everyone’s hearts.”

Songlines magazine drooled: "This was a celebration of American string playing par excellence.”

Since then, the four-piece has taken both Shetland and Orkney Folk Festivals by storm, and are back in the UK for festival appearances and tour dates.

The band kicked off 2018 in style, flying in for two big shows at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, promoting their current album, California Calling, on Compass Records, which has been winning them rave reviews and much radio exposure. It was Album of The Week on the Radcliffe & Maconie show at BBC Radio 6.

Awarding the album a 5-star review (there were many) at Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper called it “stunning” and added: “If there was any justice, you’d see Laura on Later with Jools next week.”


Supported by Blue Genes

Blue GenesBlue Genes are a young family band from Wrexham in North Wales who formed at end of 2014 when their youngest member was just 11 years old. Parents Kay and Stephen have had a long career in the music industry and have raised their daughter Megan (now 14) close to the stage. It was no surprise to them that at the tender age of 10 Megan was playing guitar and writing songs.

Since forming Blue Genes the Band have gained notoriety on the U.K Country scene, their debut EP ‘Small town rumours’ reached the top 20 of the country iTunes Chart, their most recent release ‘Named & Shamed’ hitting the number 1 slot. The trio have been performing at events and festivals across the U.K and received a nomination for best band from U.K Country Radio.

Their Tennessean tastes and Celtic roots makes their musical style unique. Three-part vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship makes their live performances captivating. Expect a set of original music and Americana covers with a twist.

Event Details

Event Date 20-07-2018 7:30 pm
Individual Price £8.00
Location Town Hall
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