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Billy McLaughlin with Simple Gifts

March 19 @ 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts Presents:

Billy McLaughlin

with members of Simple Gifts

Sunday, March 19, 2023 ~ 4:00 p.m.

Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts presents Emmy Award-winning composer/guitarist Billy McLaughlin, recognized as an innovative performer and composer who embraces the advantages of acoustic guitar amplification, unorthodox techniques and altered tunings, while celebrating a gift for melody. His enormous yet fluid acoustic guitar tone has carried him around the world, to Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart and most recently through a devastating medical disorder called focal dystonia. McLaughlin has had to re-learn the guitar left-handed and is in the early stages of what might be described as “one of the great musical-comeback stories of all time.”. His story is the subject of an award-winning documentary film called Changing Keys – Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries of Dystonia.

McLaughlin will share his original music and reinterpret familiar acoustic music with the members of his ensemble, Simple Gifts. Expect innovative guitar, humor, inspiration, incredible female vocal harmonies, and a Celtic twist.

The event takes place at 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis. A reception in the church’s Chapel Lounge follows. This event is free and open to the public.

This is the fifth event in the 2022-2022 Mount Olive Music and Fine Arts season. For further information on this event and on the Music and Fine Arts program, please contact Dr. Cherwien at the church office by phone at 612-827-5919, by email at [email protected], or on-line at www.mountolivechurch.org .


March 19
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm