Americana Night with Yola Carter and Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

When: Saturday 14 October
Cost: £12/£10
Where: Spiegeltent, County Square

Spiegeltent, County Square
Doors open 7pm

Tickets on sale from 9am on Wednesday 21 June

Bringing a bit of Americana to the Spree are Yola Carter (winner at the UK Americana Music Awards) and from Boston, Massachusetts, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards.

Hailing from Bristol, Yola Carter was raised on gospel has been a long-time fan of Dolly Parton, Otis Redding and Gillian Welch.

A force of nature and an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, Yola has been a producer and singer with artists such as Massive Attack, Duke Dumont and Chase & Status Phantom Limb. In 2016, Yola embraced a career with her first love, Americana music, and in September of the same year was chosen to represent the UK at the prestigious Americana Music Association showcase in Nashville in where she was selected by the massively influential broadcaster NPR as one of their top 10 artists. In February she crowned UK Artist Of The Year by The Americana Music Association UK.

Sporting an afro that’s almost as spectacular as her voice, Yola Carter explores that glorious territory between country and soul…the most pleasing of paradoxes: authentic Americana with a British soul” **** The Times

“Country gospel with the driving energy of old-fashioned soul music...Her songs brandished big hooks and she filled them with stirring vocals, shouts, and yes, yodeling.” The Guardian


Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards have been making waves in the US and play a rare UK appearance as part of the Spree. They have been described by Songlines magazine as ‘"A celebration of American string playing par excellence".

Laura grew up in San Francisco and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, immersing herself in the city's vibrant indie music scene and enjoying a busy touring-and-studio-sidekick career which included appearances with Band of Horses at Carnegie Hall and Pete Seeger at Newport Folk Festival.

But it’s been with her band, The Dance Cards, that she has made the biggest impact. Served up with panache and zing, it’s bold and elegant fare, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock ‘n’ roll swagger.

Voted in the top 10 acts of the year in Rock ‘n Reel Magazine, the band’s energetic blend of Americana is set to provide a special evening in the Spiegeltent.

"Technically brilliant, warm-hearted and with splashes off cool jazz and hot pop" – The Boston Globe


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