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A Simple Gifts performance includes a wide variety of ethnic music performed on at least twelve different instruments.

Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts


A typical concert includes selections such as:

Midnight Caravan (Macedonian-influenced piece in 7/8 meter; co-composed by 2 Simple Gifts members - fiddle, concertina, mandolin)
Bill Garrison's Tune (composed by Bill Garrison, fancy guitar work and interplay of rhythm - fiddle and guitar)
Carl's Grandpa's Tune (Finnish tune previously unrecorded - dulcimer, concertina, guitar)
Rigged Ships, June Apple (2 Shetland tunes paired with an American tune - 2 fiddles & concertina)
Glendi ke Horos (2 traditional Greek tunes on mandolin, hammer dulcimer, concertina)
Minka (Bulgarian tune in 7/8 meter on fiddles, concertina, percussion)
Bumblebee Sirba (Klezmer - fiddle, concertina, guitar, percussion)
My Horses Ain't Hungry (traditional Appalachian song - vocals, guitar, dulcimer, tabla)
Blizzard Hambo (original in a Swedish style - fiddle, baritone fiddle, percussion)
Brighton Beach Waltz, Kishinev (originals in a Klezmer style - fiddle, concertina, 6-string banjo, percussion)
Lebedig un Freilach (lively Klezmer tune on fiddle, banjolin, and piano)
Coilsfield House (elegant violin/piano duet by Scottish composer Nathaniel Gow)
Randy's Polkas (Irish polkas on mandolin and hammer dulcimer)
Rasbitaya Gisn (emotional Russian piece on fiddle, concertina, and guitar)
Semyon's Freilach (exotic modal piece on hammer dulcimer and 6-string banjo)
Box Turtle (2 originals in Appalachian style paired with Scottish tune - banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, concertina, piano)

Simple Gifts also offers a program Klezmer and More, with a focus on Klezmer and related styles from Eastern Europe.

Recording and production of this material was partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

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