Laura Cortese and the Acoustic Project

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Concert in the Garden with Laura Cortese and the Acoustic Project
Thursday, August 16th at 7:00 pm in the RJD Gardens




Laura Cortese and the Acoustic Project, showcasing her NEW MUSIC PREVIEW on this New England mini-tour featuring Laura with Natalie Haas, Brittany Haas and Mariel Vandersteel.

Not-to-be-missed 7:00 PM show in the beautiful RJD Museum Gardens, 396 County St. New Bedford, MA. For tickets visit

Laura Cortese Presents Sneak Peek of Newest Songs, Accompanied by Super-group of Female String Players

“Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music without watering down its distinctiveness.” John Wenzel, Denver Post

On the heels of four collaborative releases since 2010, the increasingly prolific Laura Cortese (Cor-TAY-Zee) debuts a batch of dark yet hopeful folk songs on her New England tour this August. Known for her velvety vocals, endless creative energy, and highly visible work as a supporting musician, the San Francisco-born, Boston-based performer has embraced the constant travel of the modern troubadour. In fact, she maintains, it is the people she meets who are her greatest inspiration, including her newest songs. Written in an almost confessional style, Cortese’s latest work explores the timeless vulnerability and hope of people in adverse situations. Her own lyrics may say it best: “In the dark I would sing a song whispered low…singing for the people in the shadows.”

Due out in spring 2013, Cortese’s current arrangements echo the vivid emotion of her songs in a cinematic blend of British Isles folk, bluegrass, vintage R&B, and fresh Americana on fiddles and cello. Her band (featured on both 2010’s “Acoustic Project” and the forthcoming album) is a four-piece collection of folk music’s brightest young string musicians featuring Natalie Haas (cello), Brittany Haas of Crooked Still (5 string fiddle) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle and Hardanger fiddle).

At home in any number of styles, Laura Cortese has traveled the world as a solo artist and as a supporting musician (on fiddle, vocals, and bass) including appearances with Rose Cousins, Jocie Adams (of The Low Anthem), Uncle EarlTao Rodriguez SeegerBand of Horses, and – as part of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden – Patterson Hood and Michael Franti.

Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Julliard School, is one of the most sought-after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for over 12 years. Natalie has also toured and recorded with Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish stars Solas and many more.

Brittany Haas (sister of Natalie Haas) began touring with Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings at the age of 14.  She simultaneously studied evolutionary biology at Princeton University and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, and Abigail Washburn. She played fiddle on Steve Martin’s Grammy Award-winning CD, “The Crow,” and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL.

Somewhere between the fjords of Norway and the mountains of the Blue Ridge, the fiddle playing of Mariel Vandersteel intones the strains of elevation, clarity and tremendous feeling on both traditional violin and the Norweigan Hardingfele (or Hardanger fiddle). Along with her solo project, Mariel tours nationally and internationally with Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Putnam Smith, Annalivia, and as a duo with Emma Beaton.

For more information, please visit Laura’s website at

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