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 seem 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 Tour Schedule

2017 Holiday "Christmastide" Tour

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

In response to overwhelming demand we have added three matinee shows for those of you that don't enjoy driving around in the dark.
This is one of our busiest tour seasons ever!

Nov 17: Paramount Theatre – Austin, MN 7:30pm
Nov 24: JX Event Venue - Stillwater, MN 2:00pm
Nov 24: JX Event Venue - Stillwater, MN 7:30pm
Nov 25: Delano United Methodist Church – Delano, MN 7:30pm
Nov 29: Le Musique - St. Michael, MN 2:00pm
Nov 29: Le Musique - St. Michael, MN 7:30pm
Dec 1: Lakeville Area Arts Center – Lakeville, MN 7:30pm
Dec 2: Crossings at Carnegie – Zumbrota, MN 7:30pm
Dec 3: Southwest Middle School – Albert Lea, MN 7:00pm
Dec 8: St. Stephen Lutheran – Bloomington, MN 7:30pm
Dec 9: St. Stephen Lutheran – Bloomington, MN 7:30pm
Dec 15: Mount Olivet Lutheran Church – Plymouth, MN 7:30pm
Dec 16: Christ Presbyterian Church – Edina, MN 7:30pm
Dec 17: St. Michael Lutheran Church – Roseville, MN 7:00pm
Dec 19: MN Masonic Heritage Center – Bloomington, MN 1:00
Dec 19: MN Masonic Heritage Center – Bloomington, 7:00pm
Dec 20: Town Hall – Marine-On-St-Croix MN 7:30pm
Dec 21: Town Hall – Marine-On-St-Croix MN 7:30pm
Dec 22: Town Hall – Marine-On-St-Croix MN 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Dec 23: Town Hall – Marine-On-St-Croix MN 7:30pm SOLD OUT


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BIG NEWS!!!
Heather is Back for 2017 Holiday Tour!!!

Many people have been emailing and wondering, but now IT'S OFFICIAL!!!
Heather Moen (vocals, violin, piano, Norwegian) will be performing on all of SimpleGifts 2017 Holiday Tour dates - much to our great honor and pleasure!

Heather Moen"I missed everyone last season but am so grateful to have a second healthy baby girl. So excited to be back singing and playing with my SimpleGifts family again!
- Heather Moen"


So, this year we will celebrate Heather's great contributions to our most recent CD, Christmastide, and can't wait to share LIVE the original studio recording/CD cover artists line-up in 2017. Yay Heather!!!




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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