Sir Charles Atkins "Bill & Eli are very soft-spoken, humble people. Musically the stuff they do is quite polished. It's about as close as anyone, here, comes to recalling, in our time, the authentic sound of traditional American Music."
Stetson Kennedy "Thank-you for your deliberate contribution to better society."
Amy Carol Webb "Good going, Bill & Eli! Keep on changing the world one song at a time."
Tony Thomas "Frankly it was pleasant to have a real group of what I consider folk music hosted by the folk club and I feel honored to have hosted you. Too many of the people who the club has are people whose real credentials and music is rock and roll and have as little to do with traditional music or social concern as anything you hear on a top 40 radio station."
"Berkeley" Bob Keefe "Bill & Eli Perras are coming up from Florida to perform. Don't miss this, its one of the most unusual folk blues acts you will ever see, really good stuff. Bill plays a mean guitar, Eli sings the blues in a very animated style. American style folk music at it's best."
Jim Strickland "Bill & Eli Perras were wonderful! Great blues guitar fingerpicking from Bill as they warmed hearts and touched our souls with their unique original songs. One song in particular that chronicled Eli's search for herself, from being an "unadoptable" foster child to finding her roots as a full blood Arawak Indian brought us goose bumps and misty eyes."
John Casey "We hosted a house concert featuring Bill & Eli. There was such warmth to their performance, you can imagine them playing to hundreds or thousands at a folk festival, but to be in a room with less than 20 people is just amazing. It is hard to look away from Eli, as she does not just sing, she literally performs and Bill's fingerpicking is second to none"!
John Brown "Many thanks to Val Cara for bringing Eli & Bill Perras to JohnMartin's Pub to perform on our stage last Sunday night. Bill has long white hair and was a champion finger-style picker 20 years ago. He's still got it! Eli, is a tiny little woman with a quiet demeanor until she gets on stage, and she then becomes a vibrant, animated performer in a pretty dress. The audience gave them attention and extended applause. It was a memorable evening of live music by fine performers."
Fred Mortensen "Bill & Eli Perras were a great new experience for me. Thanks to Susan Moss and the Labyrinth Cafe for bringing us artists who are often new experiences for many of us. There are so many and diverse musicians out there making music that shouts out loud and longs to be heard. The chance to hear someone new last night is one of the blessings and benefits of coming to the Labyrinth Cafe and other venues that bring live music our way. Bill's got quite a finger-picking style himself - just lots of fun to watch him play. And Eli, with her long flowing dress, dancing on the stage, singing with her voice and with her hands (and a killer smile), added flesh and soul to the heart-felt songs they brought with them."
SOME VENUES THAT BILL & ELI HAVE SHARED THEIR MUSIC:
The many inspired lyrics given to and interpreted by Eli, combined with Bill's bluesy finger-style guitar playing create a very uniquely modern take on true Americana music in its purest form. Receiving much recognition for their tightly woven musical creativity, they humbly remain true to their personal values. They speak out with strong heartfelt lyrics accompanied by soulful genuine pentatonic rhythms against social injustices, corporate greed, and daily follies in everyday life. They can grip your heart, search your soul, change a mindset, or softly strike a funny bone, all the while leaving the audience with a sentiment for the common good we desire in all mankind.
Bill & Eli have opened or shared the stage with Bill Staines, Michael Smith, John Gorka, Jack Williams, Emma's Revolution, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Paul Geremia, Anne Feeney, Michael Johnathon, Rod MacDonald, Scott Ainslie, Small Potatoes, Panama Red, Gove Scrivenor, John William Davis and many more nationally recognized entertainers. They are regulars at many Florida folk music venues and festivals and frequently travel beyond the Sunshine State sharing their music.
Bill & Eli Perras
Performers of Original, Inspired, Acoustic Folk & Blues
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Barberville Pioneer Days - Barberville, FL / Central Florid Earth Day - Orlando, FL / Ella Music Fest - Orlando, FL
Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice Pick-In - Hampton, FL / Florida Folk Festival - White Springs, FL
Gamble Rogers Folk Festival - St. Augustine, FL / Great Hudson Sloop Revival - Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX / Lake County Folk Festival - Eustis, FL / Mississippi John Hurt Festival - Avalon, MS
North Florida Folk Festival - Palm Coast, FL / Rally for the Rivers - Palatka, FL / Riverfest - Ormond Beach, FL
Sarasota Folk Festival - Sarasota, FL / South Florida Folk Festival - Fort Lauderdale, FL / Sunshine State Music Camp - St. Pete, FL
Will McLean Music Festival - Dade City, FL / Woody Guthrie Folk Festival - Okemah, OK / And many more...
Bluesboro Studios House Concerts - Rockledge, FL / Fodor's Grove - Orlando, FL / Glades Edge Concert Series - Sunrise, FL
GarageMahal - San Antonio, FL / IndyWest House Concerts - Indianapolis, IN / Peg's House Concerts - Sudbury, MA
Sarasota House Concerts - Sarasota, FL / Timucua White House - Orlando, FL / And many more...
And All That Jazz Cafe - Cocoa, FL / Barking Spider Tavern - Cleveland, OH / Barrington Coffee House - Barrington, NJ
Berkeley Bob's Coffeehouse - Cullman, AL / Bluebird Cafe - Nashville, TN / Cantab Lounge - Cambridge, MA
European Street Cafe - Jacksonville, FL / FairGrinds Coffeehouse - New Orleans, LA / Folk Alliance Conference (2002 & 2008)
Folk's Cafe - Wilmington, NC / Friend's of Joe Prine Concert Series - Lakeland, FL / Gram's Place Hostel & Music - Tampa, FL
Inquiring Minds - Saugerties, NY / JavaMonkey Coffeehouse - Decatur, GA / J Hops House, Houston, TX