photo credit Melissa Buss
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.
"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
"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! "
"As 'newbies' we thoroughly enjoyed your performance last night in Zumbrota. We are looking to make this an annual tradition"
"Thank you for making the pilgrimage to perform in Albert Lea this morning! As always, a most enjoyable set... again, Thank You!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.
photo credit Melissa Buss