With little or no media attention, SimpleGifts is arguably the most successful MN holiday-themed project celebrating exclusively traditional hymns and carols interpreted in modern arrangements. Fueled by passionate grassroots fans since 2001, the 2015 RealStory Christmas Tour includes over a dozen appearances between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve in the Twin Cities metro or within close proximity. The run includes two nights at the Historic Parkway Theater in Billy's childhood neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Music from the group's five critically acclaimed CD releases will be featured. The ensemble's most recent 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"
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.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Nov 14, Sat - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - Chanhassen, MN
Nov 28, Sat - Bethel Lutheran Church - Hudson, WI
Dec 4, Fri - Lakeville Area Arts Center - Lakeville, MN
Dec 5, Sat - Crossings at Carnegie - Zumbrota, MN
Dec 11, Fri - The Parkway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
Dec 12, Sat - The Parkway Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
Dec 13, Sun - St. Michael Lutheran Church - Roseville, MN
Dec 18, Fri - St. Stephen Lutheran Church - Bloomington, MN
Dec 19, Sat - St. Stephen Lutheran Church - Bloomington, MN
Dec 20, Sun - Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall - Marine St. Croix, MN
Dec 21, Mon - Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall - Marine St. Croix, MN
Full details and tickets here.