California Calling


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As a band we work to encourage meaningful connections, stronger community, and promote well-being in society. Did you know that Bicycles played an essential role in women's liberation, and that they continue to be a tool for self-empowerment today. That's exactly the goal of the Women's Earn-a-Bike program at CommonWheels Bicycle Collective based in Allston, MA. Through this program, women of all ages and income levels learn how to repair and maintain a bike by fixing up a donated bicycle that becomes their own at the end of the six-week class series.

To shine a light on this incredible program we made this rolling music video on a sunny fall day in Allston, MA in collaboration with CommonWheels Bicycle Collective and Buca Boot, with bicycles made by UpCycles.

***If you enjoyed this video click here ( to put more wrenches in the hands of more women and keep us all pedaling toward a more feminist future.

If You Can Hear Me

The final song on California Calling. Recorded live by Kameleon Klips in Erpe-Mere Belgium for Studio Trad Sessions.

"If You Can Hear Me" from their album 'California Calling' is performed by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, written by Taylor Ashton.

Pace Myself

"Pace Myself" was co-written by Laura and Ana Egge. Thank you to all these incredible humans for participating in our #PaceMyself video. Every one of them has unique perspective and artistry to share. For more info on each artist in this video click here:

California Calling

The title track off our Compass Records debut. A love letter to California. I hope the song can serve as an anthem of hope and resilience that always characterized my home state.

The Low Hum

The first track off of our new album "California Calling"out October 6 on Compass Records. We co-wrote this one as a band in Montreal and Iceland while on tour.


Filmed in Gamla Stan, Stockholm by Petter Berndalen on a sunny afternoon in July. From our new album "California Calling" out October 6, 2017 on Compass Records

Women of the Ages (Folk Fights Back) Folk Fights Back for Women is proud to release an exclusive video in partnership with Boston organization Rosie's Place! The first women's shelter in the country, Rosie's Place provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. If you enjoyed this video and wish to support the Folk Fights Back cause, please consider making a donation to Rosie's Place at

Folk Fights Back is a musician led organization that seeks to raise money and awareness for critical issues. Our third event (May 2017), Folk Fights Back for Women, will raise money for local organizations that are doing litigation or other support work for women. These shows also seek to raise awareness about these critical issues, and will feature representation and information from the non-profits being supported.

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Women of the Ages by Laura Cortese & John Beaton
Laura Cortese - vocals & fiddle
Jeni Magana - bass
Jenna Moynihan - fiddle
Valerie Thompson - cello

guest accordion by Elise Leavy
video by Sean Trischka
mural by Caleb Neelon

A Nine Athens Music Production

Turn the Beat Around - Cover

The winning submission from our #DanceCardConfessions contest. Read the full story here:

Into the Dark - Official Video

Music video for "Into The Dark" by Laura Cortese from the album "Into The Dark". (c) 2013 Laura Cortese

Directed by Ballard C. Boyd (
Featuring Kelsey Fox Bennett, Valerie Thompson, & Mariel Vandersteel

I Am The House - Official Video

Music video for "I Am The House" by Laura Cortese & John Beaton from the album "Into The Dark". (c) 2013 Laura Cortese

Directed by Ballard C. Boyd (
Featuring Rory Fraser.
Filmed on-location in College Grove, TN.
Words by John Beaton
Music by Laura Cortese

Kids (MGMT Cover)

Sometimes a dance sensation is the only way to keep your driver awake. We got hooked again on this old gem on a late night drive from Dublin to Clare. Thanks to Gordie & Catriona and Trevor & Thea for hosting this video in their respective sitting rooms. Thanks to Rose Polenzani for inspiring us to make more videos.

Perfect Tuesday's

On a 90 degree Tuesday in June, Laura Cortese, Mariel Vandersteel, Rose Polenzani and Valerie Thompson sing Laura's song "Perfect Tuesdays" from her upcoming "Acoustic Project". Laura and Mariel play fiddles, Rose plays toy piano, and Valerie plays cello. Then they have a backyard barbecue with their friend and cameraman Bill Wiegandt.

"Say Say Say"

(with Rose Cousins, Laura Cortese, Anne Heaton, and Rose Polenzani) Rose Cousins (mandola), Laura Cortese (fiddle), Anne Heaton, and Rose Polenzani hangin' out in Rose Cousins' halifax home, singing the famous Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson duet. July 11, 2009 - in the middle of the night after seeing Paul McCartney live in Halifax...

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