February 10, New Hope—The musical gifts of ethnic-folk duo Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon are anything but simple. Yet somehow their award-winning sound feels effortless, as they switch seamlessly among 12 different instruments and as many musical traditions.
Performing together as Simple Gifts (simplegiftsmusic.com), Littleton and Hirshon have appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Theater, Longwood Gardens, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and on PBS, among other venues. Their performances typically draw on many different musical styles and traditions, as a klezmer freilach slides into a Balkan dance tune, which morphs into an Irish jig followed by an American reel.
The women will hold a workshop for community musicians on Friday night at 7 and a concert on Saturday night, also at 7. Both events are free of charge, open to the public and take place at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (stphilipsnewhope.org) at 10 Chapel Road in New Hope.
(In addition, Simple Gifts will perform at The Manor in New Hope at 2pm Friday, and hold a workshop, Ukulele for Kids, at the New Hope Public Library at 2pm Saturday.)
“Karen and Linda are as renowned for their talents as musicians as they are for their generosity in sharing their knowledge with others,” said The Very Reverend Michael Ruk, rector of St. Philip’s. “We encourage anyone interested in music—in particular, fellow musicians—to attend both Friday’s workshop and the concert on Saturday night.”
The weekend is part of St. Philip’s ongoing effort to support the arts in the greater New Hope area with hosted readings, concerts and the display of artwork by local artists. Most recently, Noelle and Sebastian Grand of the Grand School of Music packed the small circa 1810 church for a program of “Curiously English” music.
Here’s what we have coming up. Please remember to contact the venue or Simple Gifts to confirm the details, as schedules do change. Hope to see you soon!
For more information, contact Michael Ruk at firstname.lastname@example.org.