by Two Women Playing Twelve Instruments

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Simple Gifts, an evening of folk music by two women playing twelve instruments, will be in concert on Friday, June 7, at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School (AHES) at 7:00pm.  Following the concert will be a jam session.  The concert, cosponsored by the AHES PTO and the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, will be assisting the sixth grade class in their fund raising efforts for their promotion at the end of the year with their bake sale and a ticket selling contest. 

Simple Gifts will share their music with the students earlier in the day at a school assembly.  They performed at the school five years ago and the students had a great time learning to play spoons.  The children will have an opportunity to interact with the two musicians, Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon.

The musicians draw 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.  They spice 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.


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Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, these women play an amazing array of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar and percussion.

Simple Gifts is well-known for their outgoing state presence, which is warm, personal and accented with humor.  These women deliver their music with rare intensity and contagious enthusiasm.

The concert is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 17.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting  Tickets will also be sold at the event.

The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts. For further information on the Arts Council, visit

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...