Billy McLaughlin's SimpleGifts Holiday Christmastide Tour 2017 7:30pm
Le Musique Room, 4300 O'Day Ave, St. Michael
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 16th Annual SimpleGifts 2017 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 whistles, violin, piano and tasty atmospheric percussion.
To see SimpleGifts live click here: https://vimeo.com/234877631