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Trinity Concert Series Presents "Simple Gifts"

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Simple GIfts
Simple Gifts

For the past twenty-six years, Trinity Concert Series has offered a series of three concerts every year to the greater Wadsworth community. Trinity United Church of Christ invites you to the second concert in the series on Sunday, October 13 at 4:00 pm. This concert will feature Simple Gifts. Two women plus ten 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 freilachs 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.

Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array

of instruments. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon switch with ease among

fiddle, mandolin, banjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer,

baritone fiddle, guitar, and percussion.

Simple Gifts is well-known for their outgoing stage presence, which is warm,

personal, and accented with humor. These women deliver their music with rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm. It’s obvious that Simple Gifts loves the music they play and knows how to share their excitement with the audience. Teresia Bush of the Smithsonian Institute writes, “Simple Gifts wowed the audience with a cultural and educational program that was fun, informative, and educational.” This is an act not to be missed!

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