Boston-Based American Folk Music Trio to Perform in Kyiv and Kharkiv with U.S. Embassy Support

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, an American folk music band based in Boston, Massachusetts, will tour Ukraine March 1-6, with concerts in Kharkiv and Kyiv.  In addition to holding free concerts, the group will also offer workshops, masterclasses, and presentations on folk music. 

Admission to all events is free and open to the public.  Please find the group’s schedule below:

March 2, Kharkiv

  • 13:00: Open press conference at Kharkiv National University of Art (11/13 Constitution St, 2ndfloor, Big Hall)
  • 14:00:  Master Class at Kharkiv National University of Art (11/13 Constitution St, 2nd floor, Big Hall)
  • 19:00:  Free Concert at “Fabrika” (1 Blahovishchenska St.)  Doors open at 18:30.

March 4-6, Kyiv

  • March 4, 19:00:  Free Concert at “Atlas” (37-41 Sichovykh Strilstiv St.).  Doors open at 18:30.
  • March 5, 14:00:  Discussion, “Women Rock:  Women in the American Music Industry,” followed by public “Jam Session.” Bring your instrument! (America House, 6 Pymonenka St.)
  • March 6, 19:00:  Ukrainian American Music Evening (Ivan Honchar Museum, 19 Lavrska St.)

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards is an all-female string group brought together by the love of traditional American music.  With their feet solidly grounded in traditional fiddle styles, they reach for the sky with original compositions, arrangements and interpretations of Old-Time, Bluegrass, Country, and Celtic music.  The Dance Cards have toured the US and Europe, performing in every imaginable setting from farmers’ markets to music festivals, and house concerts to concert halls, while hosting workshops on fiddling, grooving, dancing and singing in between. All members of the Dance Cards went through rigorous training at the Berklee College of Music and bring not only a reverence to tradition but an innovative creativity to the music that they make.

In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Embassy sponsored performances by two other American traditional music acts, Old Grey Goose and The Tumbling Bones.  The U.S. Embassy is proud to bring more music of this essentially American style to Ukrainian audiences.