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Previous events

Nov29

SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin: Holiday Concerts 2020

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In this unusual year, SimpleGifts is doing a series of weekly concerts (Sunday afternoons and also Dec 23rd) at the historic town hall of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. Given the Governor's latest Executive Orders, there will be no audience allowed for these concerts. However, we will proceed with Livestreaming the concerts on those dates There will be no ticketing or reservations for the concerts - they will be free and "open" to all. Up to date news and more can be found at: https://simplegiftsmusic.net

Oct3

Harvest in Marine - 3:30pm & 7:30pm

Marine on St. Croix Town Hall, Marine on St. Croix, MN

SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin plays music from the Harvest Moon album by Neil Young! Plus some of your favorite requests from "The Young & The Rest" shows. The evening show is sold out, but a matinee has been added at 3:30pm! (limited seating)

Sep26

SimpleGifts presents "The Young & The Rest"

Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis

SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin invites you to our new year-round show titled 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. This is part of Crooner's renowned outdoor series - Drive-in style, or tables under a tent.

Sep20

Dáithí Sproule & Laura MacKenzie

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Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N., St. Paul, MN

An outdoor festival of live music at the Celtic Junction Arts Center, from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Laura and Dáithí perform from approx 3:30 - 4:30. Check out the 3-day line-up at the ticket link.Tickets are limited - This is held live and outdoors!

Aug3

The Outlander Series & Traditional Scottish Music

Austin Public Library, Austin, MN

A special virtual program for the Austin Public Library community! Questions: contact laura@lauramackenzie.com

Jul20

The Outlander Series & Traditional Scottish Music

Zumbrota Public Library, Zumbrota, MN

A special virtual program for the Zumbrota Public Library community! Questions: contact laura@lauramackenzie.com

Jul18

SimpleGifts Presents "The Young & The Rest"

Crooners Lounge & Supper Club, 6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE - 7:00 pm is now showtime! At Crooners for the amazing "Drive-in or Dine-out" series: SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin invites you to our new year-round show titled 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.

Apr18

The Beltane Boys in Concert/CANCELLED

Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave North, St. Paul, MN

NOTE: CONCERT AND WORKSHOPS TO BE RESCHEDULED! The Beltane Boys are a unique Celtic ensemble from the Pacific Northwest, combining virtuosic solo performances with three-part vocal harmonies and refined ensemble playing. Featuring Scottish fiddle champion Brandon Vance, Celtic wind specialist Cameron St. Louis on flutes, whistles, Scottish smallpipes and song, and Scottish Gaelic singer Richard Hill. Laura MacKenzie will be their on-stage guest. On SUNDAY APRIL 19th, the trio will be giving afternoon WORKSHOPS on: Scottish Fiddle; Adapting Pipe Tunes to Flute and Whistle; Scottish Gaelic Puirt-a-Beul (ALL CANCELLED)

Mar29

The Young & The Rest/CANCELLED

Lakeville Performing Arts Center, Lakeville, MN

SimpleGifts presents their 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. Highly recommended.

Mar27

Scottish Ceilidh/CANCELLED

Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N., St. Paul, MN

Scottish Ceilidh with Neil Gunn and the Gunn Slingers - a monthly event, lots of fun. All dances are taught, the music is great, and refreshments are available all evening. Laura MacKenzie is a guest musician for this evening! $10 at the door.

Mar25

The Outlander Series & Traditional Scottish Music/CANCELLED

Watertown Public Library, Watertown, MN

MacKenzie presents her program of traditional Scottish music, song, history and Gaelic language from the popular Outlander series of novels and films. Free and open to all.

Mar24

A Celtic Breeze: Traditional Wind-Powered Music/CANCELLED

Lake City Public Library, Lake City, MN

MacKenzie's program featuring traditional Scottish music and song from the popular Outlander series - plus history and Gaelic language, on an array of instruments and voice. A favorite. Free and open to all.

Mar17

Readings by Writers - St. Patrick's Day edition/CANCELLED

The University Club, Summit Ave, St. Paul. MN

The St. Patrick's Day edition of "Readings by Writers", a monthly poetry event hosted by Tim Nolan. Laura will be providing traditional Irish Music from 7:00 - 7:30pm. The readings begin at 7:30. Come early, and enjoy a beverage from the beautiful University Club bar, which you can bring into the lovely event room. Poets this evening will be: Ethna McKiernan, Jim Rogers, Tim Nolan, Thomas Dillon Redshaw and Kevin Fitzpatrick. Free and open to all.

Mar15

The Outlander Series & Traditional Scottish Music/CANCELLED

Albert Lea Public Library, Albert Lea, MN

Traditional Scottish music and song, plus history and Gaelic language - from the popular Outlander series of novels and the filmed series. A favorite. Free and open to all.

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

With Dáithí Sproule

With Dáithí Sproule

The Young & The Rest

The Young & The Rest

At Imminent Brewery, tba

At Imminent Brewery, tba

Singing with Smallpipes

Singing with Smallpipes

Purchase at this link!

Purchase at this link!