Rockport Folk Summit: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards and Ana Egge with Cables & Lines

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Name: Rockport Folk Summit: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards and Ana Egge with Cables & Lines
Date: November 10, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Event Description:

The Rockport Folk Summit makes its grand return with a dynamic concert featuring two fantastic, progressive-minded singer-songwriters both making their Rockport debut as well as a rising star chamber folk trio from the North Shore. Fiddler/singer Laura Cortese and her all-female, guitar-less string band, the Dance Cards, the dulcet-voiced songwriter Ana Egge, and the harmony-blissed trio of Cables and Lines will each play a set before joining together for a rollicking collaborative finale.

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Laura  Cortese  wears  many  hats:  fiddler,  singer,  songwriter,  multi-instrumentalist,  bandleader,  community  builder,  and  creativity  instigator.  Her  band  Laura  Cortese  &  the  Dance  Cards  is  a  quartet  of  singing  string  players (fiddler Jenna Moynihan, cellist Valerie Thompson and bassist Natalie Bohrn) whose  original  music  draws  from  diverse  traditions  and  experiences  to  create  a  broad-minded  yet  clear-eyed  sonic  vision.  It’s  based  in  the  lyrical  rituals  of  folk  music  while  exploring  new  territories,  moving  seamlessly  from  gauzy,  ethereal  vocal  harmonies  to  rowdy  indie-rock  percussion  to  propulsive  fiddle  melodies  directly  from  Appalachia  or  Scotland.   It’s  a  new  kind  of  pop  music:  born  from  the  folk  tradition,  traveling  the  roads  of  70s  California,  and  delivered  with  power  and  heart. The Dance Cards are not  a  string-band,  not  a  string  quartet,  not  an  a  cappella  group  or  indie  band,  but  somehow  all  of  those  at  once,  all  while  staying  firmly  rooted  in  an  identity  as  folk  instrumentalists.  Before  forming  the  Dance  Cards,  Laura  Cortese’s  career  included  stints  as  an  instrumentalist  with  Band  of  Horses,  Pete  Seeger,  Rose  Cousins, and  Uncle  Earl.  The  collective  credits  among  the  Dance  Cards  exist  on  a  broad  continuum  from  Darol  Anger  to  Amanda  Palmer,  from  the  symphony  to  prog  rock,  and  even  into  protest  music  like  Pete  Seeger  and  Michael  Franti.  Their new album, California Calling, has been called “stunning” by Acoustic magazine.

Ana Egge

A songwriter of immense emotional depth with a pure, sweet alto and an uncanny knack for pop melodies, Ana Egge has steadily built a career on her own terms. Through the years, she has built a devoted audience and a legion of admirers that include musical legends like Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin. With the release of her newest record, the critically-adored White Tiger, that list of admirers is bound to grow exponentially.

Egge’s childhood shaped her free-spirited, yet emotionally grounded songwriting, the Saskatchewan born singer living on farms in North Dakota and New Mexico with her latter day hippie parents. When Egge got bit by the music bug as a teenager, she took matters into her own hands, building her own guitar, and moving to Austin, TX to observe, absorb and take musical risks. The striking depth and unusual maturity of her singing, playing, and songwriting got her noticed, and she recorded her first album, River Under the Road (1997) with the legendary western swing band, Asleep At The Wheel. The Austin Music Awards named her “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Folk Artist.” Over the ensuing years and 8 subsequent records, Ana has made good on that promising debut. She has worked with producers Martin Terefe, Jason Mercer, Joel Plaskett, Steve Earle, and Stewart Lerman, and recorded full albums with The Stray Birds and The Sentimentals. White Tioger is her tenth record and includes includes producer/reed maestro Alec Spiegelman, singer Anais Mitchell, guitarist Buck Meek (Big Thief), drummer Robin MacMillan (Aoife O’Donovan), bassist Jacob Silver (Amy Helm), and violist Adam Moss (The Brother Brothers) among others.

Cables and Lines

A chamber folk trio from Gloucester, Cables and Lines is made up of three remarkably talented songwriters; Erin Dooley (vocals, guitar), Calvin Joss (vocals, banjo, guitar), and Andrew Luman (guitars, vocals). Longtime veterans of the North Shore and Boston music scenes (Joss is a founding member of the beloved post rock juggernaut Caspian), Cables and Lines has just released their debut EP Meadow, a recording featuring the band’s intricately delicate arrangements and gorgeous three part harmonies.

Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street 

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Saturday, November 10, 8 PM

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Tickets: $26, $20 
(Fees may apply)

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