We hope you are having a wonderful 2019 so far!!! We can’t thank you all enough for making our 2018 Holiday Tour so special!

Do you know what we’re most looking forward to in 2019??? That we don’t have to wait 11 months to see you!!! We are thrilled to announce 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.

We are so excited to see you waaaay before November this year :-)

-SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin


It is quite something to be booking next year’s Christmas Tour while you haven’t even finished this year’s! That’s what we were busy doing at SG-HQ last December after developing new marketing materials earlier that summer like the videos you can watch here on our site. Getting ahead of the 2018 booking curve has us positioned for a record-breaking year as far as reaching folks who value the true Christmas story shared in song. We will bring SimpleGifts’ reputation as a unique musical force to communities and venues that haven’t seen us in years or will be welcoming us for the first time. Partnering with performing arts centers who have extensive contact lists will create opportunities for more audiences who have had enough of Frosty and Rudolph and are longing to be fed with soulful song-selections, arrangements, recordings and live performances. Our loyalty to long-time presenters and communities is well represented on our 2018 Tour while re-establishing and creating new ones.

Good thing we have our tour bus “Angel” and the best driver in the world, Mr. Danny Bury. We’re gonna be putting on more miles and are already praying it only snows on days we don’t have to travel. The top-notch audio, lighting and set design you are hoping to share with new family and friends you are planning to bring this year is also intact under the leadership of our corp crew – Les, TJ and Larry. We can’t wait for the tour to start!!!


It’s not a change in our name folks! We are still called SimpleGifts featuring Billy McLaughlin. What IS new is our first official “non-holiday” project that will get us out playing  throughout the year. Looking back, the few times we have played outside of our holiday repertoire, gravity seemed to always pull us in the direction of the great harmonies that fit around the music of Neil Young. To hear great female vocalists NOT impersonating Neil’s iconic voice as other tribute groups and Jimmy Fallon have done, is to re-experience his great songwriting newly re-interpreted! It’s like hearing the songs for the very first time!

Add in some Crosby,Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles and America and you have a great title and description:

The Young and the Rest….a tribute to Neil Young and top acoustic artists who defined a generation!

This project is our focus for the remainder of 2018 and 2019 outside of our exciting upcoming Christmastide 2018 Tour. It won’t be our only project with a clever title but we decided to start with what is closest to our hearts. As always, the show involves unscripted improvisational commentary so no two shows are ever the same. We are having a blast on stage and want you in on it time and time again!

SimpleGifts Green Background

After manually assembling lists and saving our fans 100% of 17 years of ticket-fees, we simply can’t pull that off anymore via PayPal. Many of our venues have ticketing programs and fees that are solely under their control and we trust you will be satisfied. For the shows that we self-produce and provide you ticket service, things will look a bit different but we have gone to great lengths to ensure you the absolute lowest fees available – NOTHING like TicketMaster! Thank you for your feedback as we move ahead to modernize this important function of SimpleGifts with kudos to our favorite and long-time office manager, Hannah Day, who will continue to make sure you get in for the show!


Thank you all for making our 2017 Christmastide Tour so memorable! We look forward to seeing you in 2018! For updates about the upcoming Tour season, connect with us via social media and/or subscribe to our e-newsletter.