This is a brand new album, hot off the press, just released in December 2005. Simple Gifts is *very* proud of it and says it's the best of their 5 releases. (You can see a complete list of albums at http://simplegiftsmusic.com/recordings.html.)
Simple Gifts is three women playing twelve instruments and performing music of many lands. Instrumentation includes 2 fiddles, concertina, mandolin, guitar, hammered dulcimer, banjolin, 6-string banjo, baritone fiddle, piano, and percussion. Genres include Klezmer, Russian, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Shetland, Greek, and American, plus several originals by band members.
Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today. Highlights of Crossing Borders include a Klezmer tune with tin pan alley influence, a unique arrangement of an Appalachian song (using the fingerpicking style of Mississippi John Hurt), a Swedish tune with the lush sound of twin fiddles, and some light-hearted Irish polkas.
Simple Gifts is a member of the prestigious PennPAT roster, a group of 120 Pennsylvania artists who have been chosen through a competitive, juried process to represent the best of Pennsylvania performing arts. Simple Gifts has further distinguished themselves as the most frequently requested artists on the roster. Non-profit and government organizations in DC, DE, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, or WV may apply for a matching grant from PennPAT when hiring Simple Gifts or other artists on the roster. PennPAT is funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, the William Penn Foundation, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Simple Gifts has performed for many arts centers, festivals, and concert series, including the Smithsonian, Longwood Gardens, National Theatre, Hershey Theatre, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ontario Center for Performing Arts, Eisenhower Hall at West Point, Old Songs Festival, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Consort Society, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Smith Opera House, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Bethlehem Musikfest, and dozens of colleges. In addition to playing concerts, they offer a variety of workshops, ranging from a percussion workshop for all ages where they teach people to play spoons, to a hands-on workshop for amateur musicians, to school assembly programs, to a lecture/discussion with the general public.
For more information, contact Simple Gifts at 814/238-8048 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is http://simplegiftsmusic.com.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Rigged Ships (Shetland)
2. Greek Medley
3. Lebedig un Freilach (Klezmer)
4. My Horses Ain't Hungry (Appalachian)
5. Blizzard Hambo (Swedish)
6. Cape Breton Medley
7. Randy's Polkas (Irish)
8. Kishinev Medley (Klezmer)
9. Rasbitaya Gis'n (Russian)
10. My Dixie Darling (American)
11. Merriweather Medley (American and Irish)
12. Box Turtle Medley (American and Scottish)