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May 8, 2012:
Dear Citizens of The Internets,
Leela and Ellie Grace, the co-mayors of Graceland (Elvis totally stole the name), are introducing an initiative to connect real human beings through real music in the real world. As a kickoff for this radical project, they are hitting the road for the month of May. With their excessive number of stringed instruments in tow, they will be driving a poorly-planned path in search of real people to accost with music. The itinerary of the Leela and Ellie Grace Get Real Campaign is below. If you are a real person or happen to know some real people who live in the areas mentioned below, please come find Leela and Ellie or help spread the word. Join us in the month of May and let's get real. . . Scroll down or visit our "Tour" page for details!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012: Asheville, NC. The Magnetic Field. 8PM. $8. Ellie will debut an array of original songs and host a number of very special guest musicians (including a cameo appearance by the one and only Leela Grace!). Info/Tickets:

Friday, May 11, 2012: Zanesfield, OH. Leela and Ellie Grace in Concert at the Mad River Theater Works. 7PM. 2790 Sandusky Street, Zanesfield OH 43360. Suggested donation: $15. Info: or 937-465-6751

Saturday, May 12, 2012: Bellefontaine, OH. Farmer's Market. 9AM-11AM

Saturday, May 12, 2012: Pittsburgh, PA. House Concert! 6:30PM potluck supper followed by concert at 8PM. $15 Donation. RSVP to Cindy at if you wish to attend.

Sunday, May 13, 2012: Marietta, OH. Mother's Day Afternoon Concert at Washington State Community College. 3PM. Free and open to the public. Main Campus - Arts & Sciences Center, Graham Auditorium. More info: 740.374.8716 or

Wednesday, May 16, 2012: Asheville, NC. The Magnetic Field. 8PM. $8. Located at 372 Depot St. Asheville, NC (in the River Arts District). Leela and Ellie will share a magical night of music! Info/Tickets:

Thursday, May 17, 2012: Floyd, VA. Concert at the Floyd Country Store. 6PM-8PM. Free admission. Part of the Hotel Floyd Concert Series! At the Floyd Country Store 206 S. Locust St. Floyd, VA 24091. Info:

Saturday, May 19, 2012: Takoma Park, MD. Two daytime workshops with Leela and Ellie Grace: Cape Breton Step Dancing and By-Ear Harmony Singing. Details TBA! More Info:

Saturday, May 19, 2012: Takoma Park, MD. Institute of Musical Traditions Next-To-The-House Concert. 8PM. Takoma Park Community Center, 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 door. Students with ID: $12 advance, $15 door. More Info:

Sunday, May 20, 2012: Bryn Athyn (Philadelphia), PA. Private House Concert. Limited spots may be available - Email: for more info.

May 25-28, 2012: Socorro, NM (75 miles south of Albuquerque). FolkMADness 2012 Music and Dance Camp. More info:

We have many other concerts, festivals, and camps throughout 2012. Visit our Tour Page for the full schedule and for updates as we continue to add dates! Stay tuned for more details about our exciting appearance at the National Women's Music Festival (Middleton, WI) at the end of June!


Ellie and Leela

January 4, 2012: We are welcoming this new year with open arms and open suitcases. . . already packing for the first of many musical jaunts in 2012. After a fall and early winter spent immersed in songwriting, teaching, performing across our respective regions, and saving three-legged orphan kittens (not kidding here, people), we are ready to take to the road and sky.


We met up in Oregon several times this fall to plot our slow rise to international stardom. It is so slow, it cannot actually be perceived by the human eye. So while that top-secret operation continues, we are happy to report that our actual goal of sharing the music we love with all of you wonderful people is rolling right along!  Our 2012 calendar is quickly filling up with festivals, concerts, and camps in Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Oregon, Massachusetts, and more to come. It has only just begun, but this already promises to be an extraordinary musical year for us! You can go directly to our "Tour" page if you just can’t wait to see the details, or you can keep on reading and get there eventually.


We don’t want to make the other states jealous, but Ohio is gonna get a lot of love in 2012. Our first tour of the year will take us there, as well as to neighboring Indiana, in a little over a week! We hope you will check out the full details below (or here) if you or anyone you know is within striking distance of Lafayette, IN, Columbus, OH, or Salem, OH. Even if you can’t make it to our show in Columbus, you should take a gander at the incredible lineup Six String Concerts is featuring this year. Then come May, we will start another tour with shows in Ohio. From there you can find us playing in Pittsburgh, PA, Asheville, NC, Takoma Park, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and other locations to be added soon! Dates and details can be found by scrolling down or visiting our website.


Missouri, never fear. . . we are coming home to play at one of our long-time favorite festivals, The Big Muddy Folk Festival in April! There is nothing sweeter than this weekend of music in the beautiful midwestern springtime. We suggest that you get your tickets now! In other festival news, we are beyond thrilled to be performing at the 2012 National Women’s Music Festival! What an honor to be joining many of the greats in women’s music at this incredible event. If you decide to attend this festival (and find any free time between watching our sets and talking to us and carrying our instruments around for us) you just might want to check out Holly Near, Toshi Reagan, Emma’s Revolution, and many other equally amazing musicians.


It is the time of year where many of us think about our goals and hopes for this new trip around the sun. We have a lot of musical dreams in the works in 2012! But this is about you. We just know that if we managed to sneak a glimpse of your list of New Year’s resolutions, we would most likely find at least one of these items: become a clogging prodigy, cry tears of joy while singing harmony, and/or learn to rock the old-time mandolin or banjo! The good news is that we are going to be teaching at four amazing camps this summer where you can have the time of your life, immerse yourself in the joy of music and dance, and conveniently check off all of those pesky resolutions. One or both of us will be on staff at FolkMADness Music and Dance Camp in New Mexico, Wallowa Fiddle Tunes Workshop in Oregon, Pinewoods English and American Week in Massachusetts, and The Swannanoa Gathering Old-Time Week in North Carolina.


2011 marked a milestone for us. . . we officially sold out of the original Leela and Ellie Grace CD! Before you begin to panic, we want to reassure you that you can still buy yourself that special gift to make up for some of those awkward presents you received at your office holiday party...we have re-ordered the CD and it is, along with our second CD, Where the Waters Run, once again available on our website. We are truly honored and grateful for the support we have received over many years of making music. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.



Ellie and Leela

April 22, 2011: Plant seeds and sing songs.
In the spring, you watch for the grass to start turning green and growing. You wait for the leaves to unfurl. You anxiously search for those first blooms to gently open to the world. Well, this spring, you will need to keep an extra eye out for Leela and Ellie Grace because they are gonna be sprouting up all over!

As of Tuesday night, the 2600-mile distance between the sisters has shrunk to approximately 5 feet! Leela arrived in Asheville to spend a week working up new music and performing several shows in beautiful Western North Carolina. If you are near Asheville, NC, don’t miss their concert on Monday, April 25!! In May, Leela and Ellie will pack their bags and their new songs and hit the road for a tour across the Midwest. Find out what they’ve been up to since the last time you heard from them…

Spring Tour Dates (Go to Tour page for details):
* April 23-24: Asheville, NC. Biltmore Estate.
* Monday, April 25: Asheville, NC. Concert at The Magnetic Field
* Saturday, May 7 (Leela): Portland, OR. w/Chris Kokesh at Artichoke Music
* Monday, May 9 (Ellie): Asheville, NC. Contra Dance W/Blue Eyed Girl at The Grey Eagle
Leela and Ellie Grace Midwest Tour:
* Friday, May 13: Kansas City, MO. Concert presented by KC Folk Music
* Saturday, May 14: St. Louis, MO. Concert at The Focal Point
* Sunday, May 15: St. Louis, MO. Afternoon Workshops at The Folk School of St. Louis
* Tuesday, May 17: Alton, IL. Concert at the Hayner Library
* Wednesday, May 18: Fairfield, IA. Concert at Cafe Paradiso
* Thursday, May 19: Warrenville, IL (Chicago area). Concert with Fox Valley Folklore Society
* Saturday, May 21: Columbia, MO. Hometown Concert with Open Borders Music Series

Since last joining musical forces to teach at a wonderful bluegrass camp outside of Edmonton, Alberta last October, they have been rocking the music and dance scenes in their respective hometowns. Ellie spent the fall performing across the Southeast with her beautiful old-time band, Blue Eyed Girl, and touring more widely with other dance companies and bands. Meanwhile, back in the mountains, she was busy directing and creating innovative choreography for her Cape Breton step-dancing troupe, Twistycuffs. This winter she fulfilled a long-term dream by appearing in the musical “Rent.” All the way across the country, in Portland, Oregon, Leela was performing solo shows and collaborating with singer-songwriter and fiddler, Chris Kokesh. She also was featured in a successful percussive dance show presented by sean-nos Irish dancer, Maldon Meehan. In February of this year, Leela made a splash as a solo artist at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN. She has also continued to ruin many of the good residents of Portland by teaching them the joys of the banjo, harmony singing, and clogging.

Best of the Spring to you!
Ellie and Leela

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