Laura Cortese: When one of the most highly-respected music writers presents you with the biggest compliment he can, it’s a sign that you have make a pretty significant impression.

When contributors to the UK’s R2 magazine, submitted their Best of The Year lists for publication, reviewer David Innes declared that Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards had been his “most memorable gig” of the past twelve months, saying they “swung and rocked with constraint-free exuberance, tugging at and capturing the hearts of everyone.”

Last time they toured here from their base in Boston, Songlines magazine drooled: “This was a celebration of American string playing par excellence.”

They took Shetland Folk Festival by storm last year, creating such a buzz that they won an invite to appear as one of the headline acts at this year’s Orkney Folk Festival.

There’s a brand new album coming any day now and Laura, of course, was one of the main visiting overseas attractions at Celtic Connections Festival in January.

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