Folk Music From Around The World Simple Gifts Band in Virtual Concert Friday April 16, 2021
Available to view through Friday, April 30 with this link!
Two women plus twelve instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. 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 traditional style.
Simple Gifts consists of founding member Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon. Littleton began her musical studies with classical violin lessons at the age of seven. She graduated from Princeton University with a minor in music and a specialty of Philosophy of Music. She served as Principal Second Violin in the Nittany Valley Symphony, and in addition to violin, Linda plays hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, 5-strong banjo, and recorders. Hirshon grew up singing and at age 10 began violin lessons, ultimately leading her to study folk guitar. She graduated from Grinell College in Iowa, having designed her own specialty "Traditional Music in American Culture." During the 1970s, Karen toured nationally with the bluegrass band Whestone Run and helped found the American old-time group, rustical Quality String Band, with which she has released two albums.
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