Minnesota’s Modern Old-World Sound

SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic flutes and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three part female vocals to create a “modern Old-World” sound.

Minnesota’s Modern Old-World Sound

SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic flutes and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three part female vocals to create a “modern Old-World” sound.

February 23 – The Zephyr Theatre, Stillwater MN (matinée)
February 23 – The Zephyr Theatre, Stillwater MN (evening)
March 14 – Mable Tainter Center for the Arts, Menomonie, WI
March 29 – Lakeville Area Arts Center, Lakeville, MN
April 24 – Crooners, Minneapolis, MN
May 1 – 2nd Annual MayDay in Marine, Marine-on-St-Croix City Hall, MN
June 13 – Westonka Performing Arts Center, Westonka, MN
July 18 – Crooners, Minneapolis, MN
September 20 – Minnesota Masonic Heritage Society, Bloomington, MN (matinée)

Now Streaming!

For years fans have been asking if there is way to listen to our music online…well, we are happy to announce that ALL SimpleGifts albums are now available for streaming or purchase across several online platforms!!!

Stream or download at Amazon, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and more. Every album from aSimpleGift to the latest, This Christmastide, is available digitally. Stream us to your heart’s content and please take a moment to follow us to stay connected for new music and exclusive playlists!

SimpleGifts is also releasing our first-ever streaming single on Nov 29th! Recorded LIVE at last year’s show in Marine-On-St. Croix, keep an eye out and spread the news about our groundbreaking version on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on Spotify/Amazon/Apple Music!

The Young & The Rest Show Gaining Fans Fast in 2020

If you missed our exciting launch of SimpleGifts new project in 2019, it’s important to know that you don’t have to wait 11 months between holiday tours to see us!!!  We are thrilled momentum continues to sky-rocket for our year-round show, SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin presents The Young & the Rest…  An acoustic tribute to Neil Young and the rest of your favorite artists who defined an era and whose popularity endures – Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, America and more.

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About SimpleGifts

As long-time fans will tell you, SimpleGifts makes musical magic by bringing a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns. Staying close to the heart of Christmas by avoiding commercial and pop holiday repertoire has become the trademark of this award winning six-piece ensemble.

SimpleGifts combines violin, Celtic flutes 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.

In 2018 the group started to expand their shows to year-round with a new project entitled The Young & The Rest…  An acoustic tribute to Neil Young and the rest of your favorite artists who defined an era and whose popularity endures – Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, America and more.

SimpleGifts on Stage © Melissa Busse

With little media attention, SimpleGifts is arguably the most successful MN holiday-themed project celebrating exclusively traditional hymns and carols interpreted in modern arrangements. Fueled by grassroots fans since 2001, the 18th Annual SimpleGifts 2019 Holiday “Christmastide” Tour includes close to 20 concerts between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve in the Twin Cities metro or close proximity. Music from the group’s most recent CD  “This Christmastide” and previous five critically acclaimed releases will be featured. The ensemble’s previous CD, Wintergrace, is 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” – MinnPost

With exceptional set and lighting design and an impeccable sound-system, SimpleGifts puts community celebration ahead of commercialization – 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 flutes, violin, piano and tasty atmospheric percussion.

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  • Heart of Gold by SimpleGifts
  • Tell Me Why by SimpleGifts
  • Ventura Highway by SimpleGifts
  • Comes A Time by SimpleGifts
  • Helplessly Hoping by SimpleGifts
  • O Come All Ye Faithful by SimpleGifts
  • Hark the Herald by SimpleGifts
  • Angels We Have Heard by SimpleGifts
  • Carol of the Bells by SimpleGifts
  • Mary Did You Know by SimpleGifts
  • World is Old/Shepherds by SimpleGifts