Elizabeth & Sandy

Sandy LaPrelle is Elizabeth’s mom! They love to sing together:

  • Close harmonies
  • Ballads
  • Southern Old-time songs, humorous and serious
  • Lullabies
  • Sing-alongs
  • A little Traditional Gospel
  • Flat-foot dance tunes (with Elizabeth on 5-string claw-hammer banjo–and either one of them showing off fancy feet!)
  • Lots more!


Sandy and Elizabeth perform together at venues of all sizes and types, from schools
to living rooms to international folk festivals.

Elizabeth and Sandy singing, photo by Michael Melnyk

Past performances Include:

  • Virginia Beach Friends School, Virginia Beach, VA, February 2012
  • Speedwell Elementary School, Speedwell, VA, February 2012
  • Great Lakes Folk Festival, East Lansing, MI, August 2008 and 2011
  • New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club House Concert, July 2011
  • Montague Book Mill, Amherst, MA, May 2011
  • Folklore Society of Greater Washington, House Concert Series, several shows over several years
  • Takoma Park Folk Festival, Takoma Park, MD, September 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006
  • 333 Coffee House, Annapolis, MD, February 2010
  • Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, Berkeley, CA, September 2009
  • American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME, August 2007
  • A Prairie Home Companion, April 30, 2005

Sandy LaPrelle grew up singing the traditional songs her mother and father sang to her at home. Her formal music training included 2 years of piano in elementary school and 6 years of viola during junior and senior high school, as well as high school chorus. As a counselor at summer camp she sang and taught others to sing folk songs around the campfire, and of course sang to her own kids at home. In the late 1980’s Sandy performed early music with the Solstice Assembly out of Chapel Hill, NC. Now that her daughter Elizabeth is performing regularly, Sandy provides harmony vocals for the family duets.

(top photo of Elizabeth and Sandy Singing by Mike Melnyk)

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