Mariel Vandersteel is a musician, educator, and graphic designer currently living in Boston, Massachusetts. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Mariel has established herself as a folk musician of multiple styles. After living in Norway while studying the hardingfele, she recorded her first solo album, Hickory.
As a member of Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards from 2009-2015, she toured the UK and North America extensively. In 2014 and 2016, the band was selected by the U.S. State Department and American Voices to act as cultural ambassadors in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Montenegro, Greece and Estonia. Mariel has performed and taught nationally and internationally with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, The Three Irish Tenors, Emma Beaton, Annalivia, Putnam Smith and has been a guest lecturer and performer on the hardingfele at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Musical Instrument Collection. In 2014, she participated in the Savannah Music Festival’s first Acoustic Music Seminar working with artists Zakir Hussein, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka, and Chris Thile. Mariel is currently pursuing a masters degree in Arts Administration at Boston University and manages the School of Music at Club Passim.