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.

SimpleGifts Holiday Christmastide Tour 2017
Tickets NOW ON SALE!

Paramount Theatre

125 4th Ave NE, Austin, MN 55912 Map

Phone: (507) 434-0934
Austin Area Commission for the Arts Website

All seats are reserved.
Doors open at 7:00pm

JX Event Venue •  Matinée

123 2nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 Map

Phone: (651) 342-0176
JX Event Venue WebsiteEmail

Experience the elegant JX Venue, with first-class amenities and historic charm. JX was recently voted one of the 25 most stunning venues in Minnesota!

In every way, JX fits the "historic" quality that SimpleGifts musically strives for! And unlike any of our other shows, there is a high-quality restaurant in the building (with many others within walking distance), a luxury hotel and parking ramp ($3/day) right across the street, and a full bar in the lobby of the concert area.

We suggest if you want to shop on Black Friday that Stillwater is the place! Most importantly, drop those shopping bags at some point (there's a matinee and evening show), gather with your relatives who came to town for Thanksgiving, and join SimpleGifts in kickin-off the Holiday Season with the real music and spirit of Christmas!


Tickets: Adult $30 at the door; Student $20 at the door.
General admission.
Doors open at 1:30pm.

JX Event Venue

123 2nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 Map

Phone: (651) 342-0176
JX Event Venue WebsiteEmail

Experience the elegant JX Venue, with first-class amenities and historic charm. JX was recently voted one of the 25 most stunning venues in Minnesota!

In every way, JX fits the "historic" quality that SimpleGifts musically strives for! And unlike any of our other shows, there is a high-quality restaurant in the building (with many others within walking distance), a luxury hotel and parking ramp ($3/day) right across the street, and a full bar in the lobby of the concert area.

We suggest if you want to shop on Black Friday that Stillwater is the place! Most importantly, drop those shopping bags at some point (there's a matinee and evening show), gather with your relatives who came to town for Thanksgiving, and join SimpleGifts in kickin-off the Holiday Season with the real music and spirit of Christmas!


Tickets: Adult $30 at the door; Student $20 at the door.
Doors open at 7:00pm.

Delano United Methodist Church

3310 County Line Rd SE, Delano, MN 55328 Map

Phone: (763) 972-3492
Delano United Website

Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture
Mission: Empower people to think, work and live creatively through arts and cultural experiences.

Purpose: Promote collaboration and provide support to other community arts and cultural organizations. Provide art and culture events for all ages.

Visit Delano online at Facebook, Instagram or their website!


Tickets: Adult $30 at the door; Student $20 at the door.
General admission. Doors open at 7:00pm

Le Musique • Matinée

Inside the St. Michael Cinema - Theatre #15
4300 O'Day Ave NE, St. Michael, MN 55376 Map

Phone: 612-314-9199
Le Musique WebsiteEmail

All seats reserved.
Doors open at 1:30pm.

Le Musique

Inside the St. Michael Cinema - Theatre #15
4300 O'Day Ave NE, St. Michael, MN 55376 Map

Phone: 612-314-9199
Le Musique WebsiteEmail

All seats reserved.
Doors open at 7:00pm.

Lakeville Area Arts Center

20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044 Map

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

Tickets: $35 at the door.
All seats reserved.
Doors open at 6:30pm.

Crossings at Carnegie

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

Crossings at Carnegie websiteEmail

Tickets: $29 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.
General Admission.
Doors open at 6:30pm.

Southwest Middle School - Little Theatre

1601 W Front St, Albert Lea, MN 56007 Map

Phone: (507) 373-3144
Lighthouse Theater WebsiteEmail

Tickets at the door:
$30 Adults
$20 Students (18yrs & under) & Seniors (65+)
All seats general admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

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

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

Tickets: Adult $30 at the door; Student $20 at the door.
General Admission. Doors open at 7:00pm.

St. Stephen Lutheran Church

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

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

Tickets: Adult $30 at the door; Student $20 at the door.
General Admission. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Mount Olivet Lutheran Church

12235 Old Rockford Road, Plymouth MN 55441 Map

Phone: (763) 559-2775
Mount Olivet Lutheran WebsiteEmail

General admission.
Doors open at 7:00pm.

Christ Presbyterian Church

6901 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55435 Map

Phone: (952) 920-8515
Christ Presbyterian Church WebsiteEmail

Tickets: Adult $30 at the door
$15 Students (18yrs & under) & Seniors $20 at the door.
General admission.
Doors open at 7:00pm.

St. Michael's Lutheran Church

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

Phone: (651) 631-1510

St. Michael Lutheran Church websiteEmail

Tickets:
Adult $30 at the door
Student $20 at the door
General admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
Matinée

Co-Bill Double Headliner!!!
Christmastide Seasonal Classics
featuring Romantic Pianist, Phil Thompson

11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437 Map

Phone: (952) 948-6502
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center Website

Doors open at 12:30pm.

Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center

Co-Bill Double Headliner!!!
Christmastide Seasonal Classics
featuring Romantic Pianist, Phil Thompson

11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437 Map

Phone: (952) 948-6502
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center Website

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall

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

Tickets:
Adult $35 at the door
Student $25 at the door.
General admission. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall SOLD OUT

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

General admission. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall SOLD OUT

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

General admission. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Marine-on-St. Croix Town Hall SOLD OUT

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

General admission. Doors open at 6:45pm.