Distinctive stamp

Simple Gifts schedules July 3 show at Chapman

http://simplegiftsmusic.com/ From left are Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon of Simple Gifts.

Chapman State Park will host a Simple Gifts Workshop and Concert on Friday, July 3, at its amphitheater.

Two women plus ten instruments equals one good time, and you’re in for a very special treat. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton play a wide variety of ethnic folk music, and you’ll hear selections that range from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmerfreilachs, haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes.

Throughout their performance, Simple Gifts puts its own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, creating some of the finest arrangement in folk music today.

Based in State College, Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon have performed as Simple Gifts since 1995. Their performances include appearances at the Smithsonian, Longwood Gardens, Hershey Theater, National Theatre, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Ontario Center for Performing Arts, Old Songs Festival, Pennsylvania Consort Society, and dozens of schools and colleges throughout the region.

Simple Gifts has recorded six albums. Their newest, “Crossing Borders: Music of Many Lands,” received a national award from Indie Acoustic. Their previous album, “Time and Again,” won a bronze star (third place) in the Crossroads Music Awards. Their recordings include traditional music from Romania, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, France, Sweden, Denmark, and America, plus original compositions.

The workshop will teach participants how to play ukulele. All instruments will be provided. The 6 p.m. workshop is recommended for ages eight to adult, and limited to 30 participants. No registration is required. Both programs — with the concert to follow at 7 p.m. — are free and open to the public. You are welcome to take photos, but no videos without written permission from the artists.

The musicians will be available during intermission and after the concert for visiting and album signing. You may contact them at (814) 238-8048, linda@simplegiftsmusic.com, or www.simplegiftsmusic.com.


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