In 1960 Elizabeth was 21, living with Lucy Stewart along with her sisters and her mother. Her mother was a talented musician , leading a dance band on accordion, and Elizabeth began playing piano in the band. KG and Arthur Argo were very taken by the way she played and with her sister Jane sang both traditional Scots and currently popular songs in a bouncing syncopated style. When visiting Ewan MacColl heard them he took their exciting version of a song 'Up among the heather in the hills o Bennachie', and wrote a new lyric beginning 'Come aa yer fisher lassies, aye come along wi me'.
This new song was performed by the girls as part of the acclaimed award-winning Radio Ballad 'Singing The Fishing'.

In 1972 another US academic [name - John #] invited Elizabeth to go to perform in the USA. The invitation was as a pianist, but she pointed out she could sing some of the old ballads that Lucy and other Stewart had sung and that was incorporated in her performances. On the tour she visited the Goldstein family in Philadelphia, and he recorded her singing and telling stories to his university students.
Elizabeth became of of Scotland's best-known and most respected accompanied ballad singers, but she could still give it laldy on piano. Listen to her on Tobar an Dualchais laying into Tom Paxton's song 'The Last Thing on my Mind' in 1988 in the august confines of the School of Scottish Studies.