Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Laura CorteseWelding the propulsive grace of fiddle styles to disarmingly open-hearted original pop songs, Laura Cortese has emerged among the most intriguing and versatile, musicians in the bountiful New England post-folk scene. At home in any number of traditional styles, her highly-visible work as a supporting musician (on fiddle, vocals, and bass) includes appearances with Jocie Adams (Low Anthem), Uncle Earl, Tao Seeger, Band of Horses, and – as part of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden – Patterson Hood and Michael Franti. The past two years have found Cortese in creative overdrive, balancing sideman duties, solo tours, and recording sessions with an increased devotion to her own music: a kaleidoscopic hybrid that is enriched by roots music undertones and yet remains defiantly contemporary. In 2010 Cortese released an EP trilogy including her all female Acoustic Project. Tireless and always looking to the future, Laura Cortese is gearing up to put the finishing touches on a second Acoustic Project record, what she feels is her most vivid statement yet.

Friday, November 1st, 10:15pm-11:30pm
Heartland Gallery
Wristband or cover

Dance Try-Its

Yes, you CAN have it all! Spend a delightful hour-and-a-half learning three different dance traditions.

Irish dancing


Irish (with Daniel Flora)

English and Scandinavian (with Jon and Sue Hanson)

International Folk Dance (with the Illini Folk Dance Society)




Saturday, November 2nd, 2:15pm-3:45pm
Landmark Hotel Ballroom

Fiddling from Far to Near, with Kate Fritz

Kate FritzJoin Kate Fritz for an exploration of the western fiddle music diaspora. How did the migration of people: Irish, Scottish, West African, French, Caribbean, and Roma, affect the sounds of distinctive regional North American fiddle styles we hear today? What factors influenced the rhythms and melodies that we now identify as Appalachian, Quebecois, Cajun, and Cape Breton fiddling?  In the first half of this workshop we will listen to source recordings and discuss. In the second half, we will learn a couple of tunes that have jumped traditions and break apart bowing and ornamentation for a deeper understanding of the context and richness of this music.

Saturday, November 2nd, 11:00am-12:00pm

Red Sea Pedestrians

Red Sea PedestriansThe Red Sea Pedestrians are a one-of-a-kind, full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here- and-now. We’re talkin’ high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder: a warped and beautiful blend of Klezmer, Greek, Gypsy, Celtic, Jazz and American Roots, all filtered through the band’s original vision.

RSP are a melting pot of six distinct multi-instrumentalists and singer/songwriters, almost a self-contained variety show. Their sound is first defined by the sweet interplay between clarinet and violin and is colored by three fine singers and multi-instrumentalists, as well as masterful percussion. The band members are also students of the great records of the sixties (notably late Beatles) and hence they have created a realm that is both comforting and challenging to the listener. Multi-layered lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful playing complete the story.

Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00pm-10:15pm
Independent Media Center
Wristband or cover