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    Traditional music interpreted in modern arrangements.

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  • 2019 Holiday Tour Dates Coming Soon!

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Minnesota’s Modern Old-World Sound

SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic flutes and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three part female vocals to create a “modern Old-World” sound.

Minnesota’s Modern Old-World Sound

SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic flutes and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three part female vocals to create a “modern Old-World” sound.

2019 Holiday Tour* Announced!

November 29 – Waconia Performing Arts Center, Waconia MN – on sale now!
December 6 – Lakeville Performing Arts Center, Lakeville MN – on sale now!
December 7 – Celtic Junction, St Paul MN
December 10 – Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina MN – on sale now!
December 12 – Private Event, Woodbury, MN
December 13 – Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Plymouth MN
December 14 – Memorial Auditorium, Worthington MN – on sale now!
December 15 – Paramount Theatre, Austin MN – on sale now!
December 17 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Matinee – on sale now!
December 17 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Evening – on sale now!
December 18 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Matinee – on sale now!
December 18 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington MN -Evening – on sale now!
December 19 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN – on sale now!
December 20 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN – on sale now!
December 21 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN – on sale now!
December 22 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN – on sale now!
December 23 – Marine City Hall, Marine-On-St-Croix MN – on sale now!

(*more shows to be confirmed soon!)

New Project Launched in 2019!

Do you know what we’re most looking forward to in 2019? That we don’t have to wait 11 months to see you!!!  We are thrilled to announce our year-round show, SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin presents The Young & 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.

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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 flutes 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.

In 2018 the group started to expand their shows to year-round with a new project entitled The Young & 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 on Stage © Melissa Busse

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 18th Annual SimpleGifts 2019 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 flutes, violin, piano and tasty atmospheric percussion.

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  • O Come All Ye Faithful by SimpleGifts
  • Hark the Herald by SimpleGifts
  • Angels We Have Heard by SimpleGifts
  • Carol of the Bells by SimpleGifts
  • Mary Did You Know by SimpleGifts
  • World is Old/Shepherds by SimpleGifts
  • Heart of Gold by SimpleGifts
  • Tell Me Why by SimpleGifts
  • Ventura Highway by SimpleGifts
  • Comes A Time by SimpleGifts
  • Helplessly Hoping by SimpleGifts

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