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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.

Christmastide Goes Fireside!

Join us every Sunday before Christmas (11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19) at 4:30pm (central time) for our 2021 Christmastide Fireside Chats with present and past members of SimpleGifts!

These fireside chats concerts are FREE! Share with friends & family! You can find us at SimpleGifts Facebook Live each Sunday beginning 11/28 at 4:30pm.

Simplegifts Christmas From Marine Pay-per-view Concert Launches Early – Available Now!

We just couldn’t wait until December 23rd to share this terrific performance featuring joyful SimpleGifts favorites captured with multi-cameras in high-def. Thanks to Steve Keller at ProMediaProductions for getting this virtual concert recording ready to share early! We plan on performing live next season but want to share our very best moments to celebrate this year with you at home.

Timing is Everything – Shows Postponed…

September 14, 2021

Dear Friends,

It’s not fun for me to share this news but here it is…all SimpleGifts shows will be postponed through the end of 2021. In the past two weeks not only has Covid sickened band members and their families but it has been clear at the box-office that folks are reluctant to attend upcoming indoor shows. The few tickets that were purchased will be refunded promptly.

This decision comes with extraordinary disappointment after extensive assessment and consideration of countless factors. Practicing self-care is critical for all of us and I need to focus on doing so myself for the remainder of 2021. We will miss you all until a better time comes to produce live indoor events.

Regarding Christmastide, I will be hosting a series of “Fireside” podcasts featuring previously recorded live holiday tracks and special guests. We hope you will join us when they begin after Thanksgiving. That schedule will be confirmed soon so please check back for updates. We remain dedicated to celebrating Christmas no matter what!

Thank you for all your support of SimpleGifts over the years. You are the reason we feel so passionate about the music we present.

We value every opportunity to share our music with you and are excited to do so again when the time is right.

Most sincerely,

SG Windmill The Young and The Rest

The Young and The Rest… 2022 schedule to be announced

“The Young and the Rest…” is all about women bringing new life to music made famous by men. Clearly a tribute, this show is better described as a girl-powered reboot of acoustic hits and deep tracks by Neil Young, CSN, America, The Eagles and more by the siren-voices of SimpleGifts (Rebecca Plunkett/Karen Paurus/Amy Courts) with a Celtic twist provided by Laura MacKenzie (whistles/flutes/bagpipe). Acoustic guitar by Billy McLaughlin with top-shelf bass and drums. Not to be missed among your tribute show choices!  (See video below)

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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