June 19, Friday 8:00pm — Minneapolis, MN
SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin – 1st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration featuring Laura MacKenzie
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Our longest day of the year is something to celebrate and has been honored throughout the ages. Minnesotans just might have an extra special place in their heart for extended daylight! So come out and celebrate it! As longtime fans know, SimpleGifts has been hard to find in concert except the short and dark days during Christmas. Well, it's time to change that!
We have prepared a Summer Solstice program to share with fans of SimpleGifts, Billy McLaughlin and Laura MacKenzie at the Parkway Theater. Following up our first ever Parkway packed-house concert last Christmas, the entire metro-area SG community and especially the Washburn neighborhood are encouraged to enjoy a night of pristine vocals, violin, bagpipes, Celtic whistle, piano and Billy's signature acoustic guitar sound that have become synonymous with the holidays. However, this time we will share non-Christmas music that we believe will give you the same spirit-lifting effect as our holiday shows.
Be ready for the new summer-sound of SimpleGifts in a new setting as the Parkway Theater welcomes a celebration of the 2015 summer solstice! Don't miss our solstice inaugural annual event!!!
SimpleGifts 2015 Holiday concert dates coming soon!
With little or no media attention, SimpleGifts has become arguably the most successful holiday project celebrating modern arrangements of traditional hymns and carols in MN. Fueled by passionate grassroots fans since 2001, the 2014 Holiday Tour includes 20 appearances between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve including a four-night return to the historic Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall that have been sell-outs for the past 6 years. Most exciting is the opportunity to be the first-ever Christmas concert at the Historic Parkway Theater in Billy's childhood neighborhood of south Minneapolis. Music from all five of the groups critically acclaimed CD releases will be featured including the most recent, Wintergrace, 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 by 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.