The Kaje Sessions: Laura Cortese

The Kaje Sessions presents Laura Cortese. Acclaimed fiddler Laura Cortese has in the past worked alongside Band of Horses, Uncle Earl and Pete Seeger as well as being an essential member of both Halali and The Anarchist Orchestra. On top of all this, she is co-founded the Boston Celtic Music Festival, so it shows dedication and a lot of planning to also balance a succesful solo career. As a singer/songwriter, Cortese delivers perfect pop compositions based around the fiddle. With her latest album “Acoustic Project” now in stores, The Kaje were very lucky to be sent this stunning rendition of “Women Of The Ages”.

Where did you record The Kaje Session?

Back stage at the Lizard Lounge before the first night of “Everyone’s Crazy  ‘Bout Laura Cortese,” my October residency that comes complete with a theme song of the same title.

What made you choose to use this location?

The back stage at the Lizard aka “the dude oven” is TINY (4’10’). We happened to have filled the room with only women who were playing that night. It was spontaneous and when I looked through my camera at the walls I saw vibrant color and strange Lizard creatures which seemed to be an interesting setting.

What is the most unusual live date you have ever played?

I played in an old mill building in Denmark. The building was round and had an old-fashioned cash register. There were some high school aged music students in the front row who kept clapping poly rhythms to all the songs while the other Danes clapped only on the 1 & 3.

What made you choose “Women Of The Ages” for the session?

“Women of The Ages” was originally a poem written by scottish/canadian poet John Beaton.  I asked John a few years back if I could set a few of his poems to music. The next day I received a 25 page word doc titled “Laura Songs”. “Women of the Ages” was the first one I set to music and is still one of my favorites.


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