Accordion, Autoharps, Piano, Guitar, Voice
and Feet (Le Pied - seated clogging!)
For 30 years, Win Grace
toured throughout North America and performed American roots and
contemporary folk music. She performed with her husband, with other
musicians and sometimes with her daughters
Leela and Ellie Grace.
She began a sabbatical from performing in 2007. Her
goal was to reclaim the joy that once was music and to give
attention to enriching the relationship with her husband.
She also hoped to deal with relationship problems that had
been neglected as she worked tirelessly 60-80 hours/week to
make a go of the music business. Unfortunately, the
end result of these efforts was a divorce (Jan. 2009) after 32 1/2 years
out any notions you've had that folk music is dull. These folks will
infect you with their joy and wear you out with the
-- Ed Gunsalus, Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse,
& Clark CD:
joined forces with nationally-known musicians Cathy Barton,
Paul Fotsch, Dave
Para, and Bob Dyer to record a CD of original, traditional and
period music interpreting this epic journey of Lewis and
Clark and the Corps of Discovery. The CD
Perfect Harmony" Lewis and Clark: A Musical Journey
has been critically acclaimed
and was designated a notable recording by the American
Win has continued her sabbatical from performing and is
pursuing healing and recovery with every fiber of her being.
Starting over at 60 is not easy, but it is a comfort to be
able to play music through this time.
During this time of healing and starting over, she is
listening to hear what she is directed to do with her
musical skills. She continues to play and to await
inspiration in that department. She thinks
occasionally of presenting a local concert of all the songs
she has learned and played during this time of
Meanwhile, the CD's that she poured her
heart and soul into are still available in the Grace Family
These high-energy, versatile vocalists and
multi-instrumentalists delighted audiences of all ages with their
close harmonies, warm stage presence, and skill on fiddle, mandolin,
guitar, harmonica, autoharp, piano, accordion and feet (le pied
by Win-- seated clogging!). As one fan
commented, "They make a lot of music
for only two people!"
Their music included a large repertoire of American roots music (including
old time string band and traditional folk) and selections from the wide body of
contemporary folk songs
(including several originals by daughters Leela and Ellie Grace). Gospel and old country
music were also incorporated into their shows.
Their high energy performances included songs that range from silly to romantic to exciting.
Vocals were an integral part of their music; they loved to make
their voices blend in close country duet harmony. This is not to diminish the
importance of their instruments. They liked to try out all possible combinations
of their many instruments, from the old time string band sound of the fiddle and
accordion or fiddle and piano to the romantic tones of the guitar, mandolin and autoharp.