SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic whistle and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three part female vocals to create a "modern Old-World" sound. There is nothing ordinary about the arrangements this team delivers both in the studio and in concert. Seen by over 20,000 live audience members last season, this group continues to grow in popularity throughout the Upper Midwest and has successfully transitioned from their early days in coffeehouses and small listening rooms to prestigious performing art centers and larger churches.

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"My first and definitely not my last visit to the Marine on St Croix Town Hall to spend time with SimpleGifts... what a fantastic night of wonderful music, angelic voices, extraordinary talent and humor... and the ambiance of that old 1875 hall....what an experience... thank you! "
-K. Zaspel

"As 'newbies' we thoroughly enjoyed your performance last night in Zumbrota. We are looking to make this an annual tradition"
-B. Meinhardt

"Thank you for making the pilgrimage to perform in Albert Lea this morning! As always, a most enjoyable set... again, Thank You!"
-G. Robinson

"This was one of the BEST concerts I've seen. Great Christmas music. I highly recommend it for all."
-H. Stone

"I have seen simple gifts perform nearly every Christmas for several years now and they never cease to amaze with their amazing talent and sheer musical inspiration."
-J. Beckman

SimpleGifts Summer Tour 2018

For years, fans have been asking SimpleGifts to play year round in additional to their critically acclaimed Christmas Tour... Your wish, is our command!

SimpleGifts invites you to our new year-round show titled: The Young and The Rest... an acoustic tribute to Neil Young and the rest of your favorite artists who defined an era and whose popularity endures - Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, America and more.

SimpleGifts Music The Young & The Rest is: Billy McLaughlin, Laura MacKenzie, Heather Joy Moen, Amy Courts, Karen Paurus, Billy Oehrlein & Enrique Toussaint.

-SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin


Young and the Rest Sampler Video




Young and the Rest August Tour at:
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center

11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

August 1, Wednesday - Canceled by venue
August 2, Thursday - Canceled by venue
August 3, Friday 7:00pm - Bloomington, MN Evening Show $30-34
August 8, Wednesday - Canceled by venue
August 9, Thursday - Canceled by venue

Tickets Available Here!





2018 Holiday "Christmastide" Tour

That's right! We have 2018 Christmas Tour Dates ready to be saved in your calendar!!! Tickets for dates italicized below go on sale July 16th!

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Nov 29 - Lakeville Performing Arts Center
Nov 30 - Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie
Dec 1 - St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Bloomington, MN
Dec 2 - Wildwood Performing Arts, Mahtomedi, MN
Dec 6 - Shattuck-St. Mary's, Fairibault, MN
Dec 7 - Mt. Olivet Lutheran, Plymouth, MN
Dec 8 - Waconia Performing Arts Center, Waconia, MN
Dec 9 - St. Michael's Lutheran, Roseville, MN
Dec 11 - Christ Presbyterian Church. Edina, MN
Dec 13 - New York Mills Performing Arts Center, New York Mills, MN
Dec 14 - Historic Holmes Theatre, Detroit Lakes, MN
Dec 15 - Hardy Performing Arts Center, Cambridge, MN
Dec 16 - Paramount Theater, Austin, MN
Dec 18 - Masonic Heritage Theater, Bloomington, MN
Dec 19 - Marine-on-St-Croix Town Hall, Marine-on-St-Croix, MN
Dec 20 - Marine-on-St-Croix Town Hall, Marine-on-St-Croix, MN
Dec 21 - Marine-on-St-Croix Town Hall, Marine-on-St-Croix, MN
Dec 22 - Marine-on-St-Croix Town Hall, Marine-on-St-Croix, MN
Dec 23 - Marine-on-St-Croix Town Hall, Marine-on-St-Croix, MN

* Times and dates subject to change; more details coming soon!


SimpleGifts Holiday Tour Sampler Video





About SimpleGifts

As long-time fans will tell you, SimpleGifts makes musical magic by bringing a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns. Staying close to the heart of Christmas by avoiding commercial and pop holiday repertoire has become the trademark of this award winning six-piece ensemble.

SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic whistle and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three part female vocals to create a "modern Old-World" sound. There is nothing ordinary about the arrangements this team delivers both in the studio and in concert. Seen by over 20,000 live audience members last season, this group continues to grow in popularity throughout the Upper Midwest and has successfully transitioned from their early days in coffeehouses and small listening rooms to prestigious performing art centers and larger churches.


Billy McLaughlin

With little media attention, SimpleGifts is arguably the most successful MN holiday-themed project celebrating exclusively traditional hymns and carols interpreted in modern arrangements. Fueled by grassroots fans since 2001, the 16th Annual SimpleGifts 2017 Holiday "Christmastide" Tour includes close to 20 concerts between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve in the Twin Cities metro or close proximity. Music from the group's most recent CD  "This Christmastide" and previous five critically acclaimed releases will be featured. The ensemble's previous CD, Wintergrace, is characterized by local music critic, Jim Walsh:

"…one of the most elegant and listenable Christmas collections of this or any year — "WinterGrace" from the Billy McLaughlin-led local collective SimpleGifts" - MinnPost

With exceptional set and lighting design and an impeccable sound-system, SimpleGifts puts community celebration ahead of commercialization - pulling the audience into the sublime side of traditional repertoire in a truly meaningful Christmas event. Expect modern arrangements with an "Old-world" feel highlighting Billy's signature acoustic-guitar, angelic three-part harmony vocals, bagpipes, Celtic whistles, violin, piano and tasty atmospheric percussion.

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