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We are so excited that founding-member, vocalist Carin Vagle, will be joining us for the soon to be announced 2022 “The Young and the Rest” concert series. She is the roots beneath so much of the accomplishments of SimpleGifts over the decades. Truly a JOY to have her back on stage making musical magic with us this year!

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.

SimpleGifts Fireside Chat

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

We’ll enjoy unscripted conversation and answer as many questions as possible that you might send to us so “fire” away to: info@simplegiftsmusic.net! We will also share footage from last year and enjoy a look-back to the early days of the group.

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

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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,
Billy

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2021 Parkway Series

Heather Garborg Moen has displayed her heart with abundant love in SimpleGifts for over a decade. She now is displaying that same love to focus on her family — husband Lee, daughters Adeline and Esther. Heather is stepping away from the spotlight that she commanded with talent and charisma after contributing greatly to the evolution of SimpleGifts. I can’t be happier for her and equally sad for this chapter in all our lives to end!

Let’s all send love and cheers to Heather — the voice, the violinist, the pianist and Norwegian advocate; my long-time “co-pilot” and dear creative friend; nothing is meant to stay the same forever — but we sure DID make magic with you — and that magic lives on!

God Bless you Heather!
– Billy

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Featuring Members of SimpleGifts – Laura, Amy, Karen!

The inspiration for The Church of the Lost Souls came from the audience when SimpleGifts performed The Young and the Rest at the Parkway a few years ago. After, numerous encores on a Saturday night, Billy explained “this HAS to be the last song. I have to be at church early in the morning! …or maybe we should leave all our equipment here and all come back and play for you tomorrow! We could call it The Church of the Lost Souls or something and just play whatever music makes us happy!” The audience response was thunderous and requests for this type of show have gone unabated ever since.

Filled with songs of both joy and introspection, this listening room/living room styled show will feature all kinds of new music each week with special guest acoustic artists. When allowed by MN Covid guidelines change, reserved ticket in-person socially distanced seating will allow for a live audience in addition to our livestream. More info will be available soon at billymclaughlin.com and at: theparkwaytheater.com

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Be part of our SimpleGifts Stream-Team!

One of the only ways for artists to succeed anymore is for our songs to get added to your play-lists whether you use Spotify, AppleMusic, Amazon etc. You can help us get noticed everytime you add one of our songs to your playlists. That’s all you need to do to join our new Stream Team. If you drop us a message about what you added recently we’ll add your name for a monthly drawing to win 2 tickets for one of our upcoming shows: info@simplegiftsmusic.net

Thanks for always supporting SimpleGifts!

There’s no two ways about it – musicians’ livelihoods have recently been wiped-out and the pandemic has negatively affected all of us. We still believe that music is our best way to help heal others. We invite you to consider contributing to the SimpleGifts Life-Line-Fund. Your gifts will immediately impact the losses we are still experiencing as we try to heal the world with music. All of our upcoming shows have been restricted to just 25% of total capacity and this fund will help bridge the gap for members of our band and crew. It is hard asking for help and we know not everyone is in a position to throw us a “Life-Line”. Even an encouraging comment would mean a lot – info@simplegiftsmusic.net