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!

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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.