Win Grace: Piano Accordion, Autoharps, Piano, Voice
With Help From:
Leela Grace: banjo, harmony vocals
Ellie Grace: mandolin, harmony vocals
Cathy Barton and Dave Para: harmony vocals
Paul & Win go back to whur they come from -- back to the beauty and simplicity of the duet sound that got them started in the music world and brought them together 27 years earlier.
Special Note! After a lifetime of finding themselves either on the backside of the wave of popular culture or too far ahead to get any kind of ride, with this album Paul & Win find themselves riding the crest of the wave of popularity of Tolkien's blockbuster BOOK The Fellowship of the Ring with the inclusion on their CD of Bilbo's song I Sit Beside the Fire.
About Love's Lasting Light:
"Much of the charm of Love's Lasting Light lies in the instrumentation. Paul plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and harmonica while Win offers autoharps, piano accordion and piano. Their daughters add mandolin and banjo and the whole clan sings. The generous 17 selections feature songs and tunes from such diverse sources as Bill Staines, Robin and Linda Williams, Patsy Montana, J.R.R. Tolkein and Stephen Foster. Toss in a half dozen or so traditional tunes and you have a varied program sure to please any listener."
-- Tom Druckenmiller, Sing Out!
". . .when a CD emanates love, kindness, sincerity, pure down home goodness, friendship and harmony, it becomes more than just a CD. Yours truly is a treasure."
-- James Mouser, Co-Producer, Pepper & Friends Show
"Wildwood Flower/High Atmosphere is the shining treasure of this recording. The Carter Family originated a unique style that Win, Paul and their daughter Ellie have captured with soulful harmonies. Win's lead vocal and skillful accompaniment on the autoharp add dimension in linking this updated folk song [High Atmosphere] with the echoes of the past."
-- Tina Louise Barr, The Autoharp Quarterly
Bio of Paul & Win:
Paul & Win Grace can be found performing in a variety of settings all over the United States and Canada--at music festivals, on radio and television, in schools and senior centers, for conferences and workshops, at historical re-enactments, and at old time country dances -- in short, wherever there are ears to hear, toes to tap and fun to be had!
Their music includes 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). Paul & Win also incorporate gospel singing and old country music into their shows. Their high energy performances include songs that range from silly (Paul's favorite!) to romantic (Win's favorite!) to exciting.
Vocals are an integral part of Paul & Win's music; they love to make their voices blend in close country duet harmony. This is not to diminish the importance of their instruments. They like 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. One fan was known to comment, "They make a lot of music for only two people!"
2002 marks Paul & Win's 27th year of playing music together along with their 26th year of marriage. During their years of courtship and the early years of marriage, their main entertainment was to make beautiful music together! The word began to get out in central Missouri about their music, and they began to be asked to perform--sometimes even getting paid!
In 1980 they went to Colorado on vacation (actually, to escape the heat wave!), and found themselves being asked to perform so often that they arrived home from vacation with more money than they had when they left! They were struck with the amazing realization that they might actually be able to able to make a living doing what they both loved doing more than anything else -- what a concept! They began to tour regionally, and by 1986, they were touring nationally and into Canada. The same year, they took the great leap: quit their part-time jobs and became full-time musicians.
They have performed at major festivals all over the U.S. and in Canada, including a 1995 appearance at the Roots of American Music Festival at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. To date, they have released six albums of their music along with appearing as guest artists on numerous other recordings.
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1. Roses of Prince Charlie
2. Nellie Bly
3. Child of Mine
5. Wildwood Flower/High Atmosphere
6. Chicken Song
7. Shady Grove
8. Ways of the World
9. I Sit Beside the Fire
10. Durang's Hornpipe/Little Dutch Girl
11. My Name is Morgan, But It Ain't J.P.
12. Cowboy's Sweetheart
13. Wait for the Wagon
14. Come Thou Fount
15. Wreck of the Number Nine
16. Ida Red
17. Farewell My Friends