St. Philip’s hosts ‘Simple Gifts’ music weekend May 12

Ethnic-folk duo Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon will perform at the New Hope-based church

The Times

Source: Simple Gifts

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, 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. Their performances typically draw on many different musical styles and traditions. A klezmer freilach slides into a Balkan dance tune, which morphes into an Irish jig followed by an American reel.

The women will hold a concert followed by a public musical jam at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 10 Chapel Road, New Hope, on May 12 at 3 p.m.

The weekend is part of St. Philip’s ongoing effort to support the arts with hosted readings, concerts and the display of artwork by local artists. There will be a free will offering for the musicians and the continual outreach of the church to the community.

For more information, contact Michael Ruk at 215–862–5782 or email michael@stphilipsnewhope.org. For more on Simple Gifts, visit simplegiftsmusic.com