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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What they are saying...
"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
"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!"
"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."
"Billy and the girls are awesome!!! Really puts you in the holiday mood!!!!"
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 • Map
Phone: (507) 373-3144 • Email
Cost: $25 in advance / $30 at the door
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!
Come celebrate the longest days of summer with SimpleGifts, Billy McLaughlin and Laura MacKenzie at the Parkway Theater. Featuring Billy's original music but don't be surprised if a little Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Rickie Lee Jones, The Civil Wars and some awesome Celtic classics sneak in! We are excited to share the new summer sound of SimpleGifts!
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The Parkway Theater
Friday June 19 - Adult $25
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November 14, Saturday 8:00pm — Chanhassen, MN
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!
Wheelchair/Accessible Seating available. Group tickets also available. More details here.
- Dinner Seating at 6:00 PM
- Show starts at 8:00 PM