Simple Gifts is a local ensemble featuring two women and twelve instruments. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer frailachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. At our concert, the duo of Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon will make sure to include lots of Jewish and Eastern European music in their mix.
Reviewers have called their program "fun, informative, and energetic" (Teresia Bush, Smithsonian Institution) and full of "energy, integrity and joy" (Dave Johnson, Boston Globe). At Temple Beth El in Huntington, NY, the audience was "on their feet the instant the concert ended."
Join us at the synagogue for this wonderful return performance. There will, of course, be refreshments following the concert.