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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"The performance by SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin at Shattuck-St. Mary's School was simply sublime! The angelic vocals and wonderful musical accompaniment are a breathtaking combination. Experiencing this concert makes one pause and reflect on what the season is all about. This is the real music of Christmas."
Richard Kettering, Acoustic Roots Music Series
Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Faribault, MN


"There was no "Frosty the Snowman", or "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" in the performance of SimpleGifts. Rather, Billy and his incredible group covered the arc of the Christmas narrative in a beautiful and profound way that touched the audience very deeply.
Brian Jose, Executive Director
College of St. Benedict Fine Arts Series St. Joseph, MN


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"Can't wait for the show tomorrow! Best part of the Christmas season!"
- Lynn L.

"What a great show... thank you!"
- Mary J.

"Beautiful show! We are your new biggest fans!"
- Lysa P.

"Just bought WinterGrace! Very excited to listen to it! Thank you!"
- John W.

"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! "
-Kathryn Z.

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

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

"Billy, Billy and the girls are awesome!!! Really puts you in the holiday mood!!!!"
- Joel P.

"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."
-Janet B.

"Beautiful concert in Marine on St. Croix last night. The start of a new tradition for me-thank you and Merry Christmas Simple Gifts!!"
- Dawn E.

"Just bought tickets....bringing lots of friends with us!"
- Jean E.

""Thank you So Much for a Wonderful Concert in Madison last night. I have been getting text and calls all day telling me how amazing the show was..."
- Bill B.

"What a wonderful show! Thanks for coming to Worthington MN."
- Tory.

"Awesome show in Council Bluffs! Thanks for starting my Christmas season off with a blessing!"
- Penny R.

"Listened to my SimpleGifts cd while I decorated my Christmas tree. Loved the concert last winter in Marine."
- Karen A.

"Again, thanks for your wonderful performance, it truly was the highlight of my day."
- Cindy M.

"Great show this afternoon! My girls and I are such big fans! Thanks for starting out our holiday season perfectly!"
- Mary A.

"Your CDs make heavy rotations every Christmas season..in fact we're already playing your music! Have a blessed Christmas to all of you."
-Chad and Tabitha A.

"Thank-you for sharing your talents and joyful spirits with us last night in Marine on St. Croix! We've enjoyed attending a variety of wonderful SimpleGifts and Billy M. concerts over the years.....always beautiful music!"
- Steven H.

"Thank you for a great show last night in Omaha! This MN-girl transplant is thankful for a taste of home down here in NE."
- Janna A.

"We thoroughly enjoyed your concert at Elmbrook Church! Beautiful, inspirational and you are all SO talented! Thank you very much for letting us enjoy your musical gifts! Please make this an annual event!"
- Jeff K.

"Just listening to the new CD. It is beautiful! Wonderful job to all of you. Looking forward to seeing the show at St. Stephen!!"
- Jennifer V.


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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

501 West 78th Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317• Map

Phone: 952-934-1525 • Email

Cost: $40.00 - $55.00 - Purchase tickets here!

A night of astounding solo acoustic guitar and a heart-stopping personal story of overcoming unbeatable odds that led to his recent Emmy Award. Joined for portions of the show by members of his ensemble (SimpleGifts) on violin, Celtic whistle, percussion and three-part vocals. Featuring Billy's original music but don't be surprised if a little Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Rickie Lee Jones and a preview of the holidays sneak in!
  • Dinner Seating at 6:00 PM
  • Show starts at 8:00 PM
Wheelchair/Accessible Seating available. Group tickets also available. More details here.



The RealStory Christmas Tour

SimpleGifts is proud to announce their 2015 Holiday Season!

Bethel Lutheran Church

Bethel Lutheran Church
Highlands Campus - 504 Frontage Road, Hudson, WI 54016 Map

Phone: (715) 386-8821
Bethel Lutheran Website Email

Tickets: $21 Adult in advance, $25 at the door; $11 Students (18yrs & under) in advance, $15 at the door.
Tickets available for purchase online or M-F 8:30am-4:30pm at Bethel's Downtown campus located at 920 Third Street, Hudson, WI 54016. When purchasing tickets online, you will receive a bar coded receipt that you will need to print out. Please present this receipt on the night of the concert.
General admission. Doors open at 6:15pm.
Tickets go on sale Fall 2015.

Lakeville Area Arts Center

20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044 Map

Phone: (952) 985-4640
Lakeville Area Arts Center Website

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.
Available for purchase online here or by calling (952) 985-4640
Tickets on sale now!

Crossings at Carnegie

88 E. 4th Street, Zumbrota, MN 55992 Map
Phone: (507) 732-7616

Crossings at Carnegie website Email

Tickets: $25 advance; $28 at the door.
Available for purchase at the Crossing's website, by contacting the Box Office or at the door.
Crossings at Carnegie will be hosting SimpleGifts, however please note that the concert will be held at the State Theatre next door. Address as shown. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Tickets go on sale Fall 2015.

The Parkway Theatre

4814 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-1009 Map

Phone: (612) 822-3030
The Parkway Theater WebsiteEmail

Tickets: $25 Adult in advance, $30 at the door; $15 Student in advance, $20 at the door. Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details. Advanced purchases highly recommended. Tickets available for purchase only here *online or at the door. General Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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The Parkway Theatre - Friday Dec 11 - Adult $25

The Parkway Theatre - Friday Dec 11 - Student $15

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
Non-paypal users: look for 'Checkout' and 'Don't have Paypal accout?' link

The Parkway Theatre

4814 Chicago Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-1009 Map

Phone: (612) 822-3030
The Parkway Theater WebsiteEmail

Tickets: $25 Adult in advance, $30 at the door; $15 Student in advance, $20 at the door. Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details. Advanced purchases highly recommended. Tickets available for purchase only here *online or at the door. General Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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The Parkway Theatre - Saturday Dec 12 - Adult $25

The Parkway Theatre - Saturday Dec 12 - Student $15

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
Non-paypal users: look for 'Checkout' and 'Don't have Paypal accout?' link

St. Michael Lutheran Church

1660 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113-4033 Map

Phone: (651) 631-1510

St. Michael Lutheran Church websiteEmail

Tickets: $25 Adult, $30 at the door; $15 Student, $20 at the door.
Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details.
Limited ticket availability at the door.
Advanced purchases highly recommended.
Tickets available here *online or at church office M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
General admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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St. Michael Lutheran, Sunday Dec 13 - Adult $25

St. Michael Lutheran, Sunday Dec 13 - Student $15

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
Non-paypal users: look for 'Checkout' and 'Don't have Paypal accout?' link

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

8400 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431-1519 Map

Phone: (952) 831-4746
St. Stephen Website Email

Tickets: $25 Adult, $30 at the door; $15 Student, $20 at the door.
Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details. Limited ticket availability at the door.
Advanced purchases highly recommended.
Purchase tickets here online or in person at the church office, M-F 8:30am-4:30pm.
General Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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St. Stephens - Friday Dec 18 - Adult $25

St. Stephens - Friday Dec 18 - Student $15

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
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St. Stephen Lutheran Church

8400 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431-1519 Map

Phone: (952) 831-4746
St. Stephen Website Email

Tickets: $25 Adult, $30 at the door; $15 Student, $20 at the door.
Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details. Limited ticket availability at the door.
Advanced purchases highly recommended.
Purchase tickets here online or in person at the church office, M-F 8:30am-4:30pm.
General Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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St. Stephens - Saturday Dec 19 - Adult $25

St. Stephens - Saturday Dec 19 - Student $15

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
Non-paypal users: look for 'Checkout' and 'Don't have Paypal accout?' link

Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall

121 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047-8662 Map
Marine on Saint Croix Website

Tickets: $30 Adult, $35 at the door; $20 Student, $25 at the door.
Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details.
Limited ticket availability at the door.
Advanced purchases highly recommended.
Purchase tickets here online or in person at the Marine General Store, 101 Judd St., Marine on St Croix MN 55047
General admission. Doors open at 6:45pm.

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Marine St. Croix - Sunday Dec 20 - Adult $30

Marine St. Croix - Sunday Dec 20 - Student $20

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
Non-paypal users: look for 'Checkout' and 'Don't have Paypal accout?' link

Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall

121 Judd St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047-8662 Map
Marine on Saint Croix Website

Tickets: $30 Adult, $35 at the door; $20 Student, $25 at the door.
Groups (20+) qualify for a discount. Please contact Hannah for details.
Limited ticket availability at the door.
Advanced purchases highly recommended.
Purchase tickets here online or in person at the Marine General Store, 101 Judd St., Marine on St Croix MN 55047
General admission. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Order Tickets Now!

Marine St. Croix - Monday Dec 21 - Adult $30

Marine St. Croix - Monday Dec 21 - Student $20

**Pay via Paypal or any major credit card.
Non-paypal users: look for 'Checkout' and 'Don't have Paypal accout?' link