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Below you will find detail about all the shows in our 27th season - September 2014 through May 2015.
Tickets are on sale from 6:30 PM the day of the show at the church - only cash at the door, no credit cards. Doors open to the public at 7:30 and shows start at 8:00. New Moon concerts typically offer two full sets by the featured artist, free parking, delicious homemade desserts , coffee (of course ), and other beverages for sale before the show and during intermission.
Call (978) 459-5134 for information and/or directions. You may also call the church at (978) 372-5173 on the day of the show.
Please understand that we reserve the right to change or substitute acts and dates. However, we promise to do so only under extraordinary circumstances!
“Beyond an increasingly tedious music mainstream you can still find original, talented and imaginative work. Mark Erelli is one such artist on the American folk-country scene. He's been around for more than a decade but is still producing fine work and still stretching himself.”
— Martin Chilton, Telegraph (UK)
Mark Erelli returns to the New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverhill, with a wide variety of songs old and new, pop to blues, and every genre in between. He performs on Saturday September 20th at 8:00 pm. Tickets cost $20. Charlie Rose opens the evening. Erelli is one of the area’s most popular singer songwriters. His excellent guitar work, contagious melodies and clever wordplay keep listeners wanting more. He’s an optimist with a social conscience who subtly delivers his messages while the listeners’ toes are tapping and fingers’ snapping. He has mastered every style from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.”
Opening Act: Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose is an emerging singer/songwriter with the skills of a seasoned troubadour. Pedal steel, guitar, banjo, upright bass, horns, and cello; Rose plays them all. Rose stirs up memories and feelings with his set of deeply personal songs.
Oct 18 (Saturday)
An Evening with Jon Pousette-Dart
“A gilded tenor and a smooth hand on the guitar...confident, not arrogant. He made his name in the age of vinyl, but Jon Pousette-Dart has had no problem adapting to the changing tides.”
Opening Act: Thea Hopkins
Nov 15 (Saturday)
In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci's latest CD. On their own recent release, "Closer Than You Know," the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable.
Opening Act: Quentin Callewaert
Jan 17 (Saturday)
Joe Crookston & the Bluebird Jubilee
From Ithaca, NY, Joe Crookston & The BlueBird Jubilee (duo of Joe Crookston and Peter Glanville) pick and twist their way through energetic and sonically lush sets of Joe Crookston originals. Crookston was awarded “Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance and received a songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel New York State, interview locals and write original songs based on his travels. He was recently signed to Tamulevich Artist Management with fellow songwriters John Gorka, Red Horse and Peter Yarrow. In April Joe released his fourth recording, “Georgia I’m Here.”
Joe's song “Blue Tattoo” is the inspiration for a documentary film of the same name that recently premiered at the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival.
Together as the BlueBird Jubilee, Joe and Peter have played to full houses at Festivals and Performing Arts Centers across the country, with a high energy show full of story songs, fingerpicking stomping rhythms and a deep well of musical tradition and creativity.
Tuning up their Martins and vintage Gibsons, these guys can play! They’ll weave and travel mystical, historical and humorous roads, and twist through personal stories along the way. Ex-slaves, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, drunk Roosters, Dylan Thomas, and possibly a damn good Supertramp cover to boot. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired, with a renewed sense of what’s possible. In Irish culture, there is phrase called the “The Long Note,” which is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite…There IS a “Long Note” and Joe Crookston is reaching for it!
Opening Act: Ari Jacobson
Be sure to catch equity actor, singer-songwriter, and Haverhill native Ari Jacobson at the New Moon, as he takes a break from his new hometown, New York City.
Ariel, Sarah, and Rose Parkington developed their buzzing chemistry together on picturesque Cape Cod, Massachusetts where they were raised constantly playing and writing music together. Daughters of a prog rock musician and a classically trained guitarist and songwriter, the sisters' immersion in music led to the creative force they are today. The end result incorporates the eclectic songwriting and energies of artists like Joni Mitchell, Aimee Mann, and June Carter, but with their own unique brand of soaring melodies - tumbling from optimistic heights to eerie lows - vibrant harmonies and intricate string arrangements.
In May 2014 the Sisters released their new album ‘Me You Us’, produced and engineered by Joel Hamilton (Black Keys, Tom Waits, Pretty Lights). The album combines the influences of growing up on Cape Cod with the sisters' many individual talents.
Over the past 5 years, they have shared the stage with such divergent artists as Mavis Staples, Bruce Springsteen, Dispatch, Blitzen Trapper and the Dropkick Murphys and performed in studios and stages across the US, Canada, and Europe, including New York's Radio City Music Hall and NPR's Mountain Stage. The Parkingtons also joined the Dropkick Murphys to perform the national anthem before Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park. They most recently took part in the 15th biennial Dodge Poetry Festival which included collaborations with Gary Snyder, Marilyn Nelson, Robert Pinsky, and The Newark Boys Chorus.
The band is currently writing and road testing new songs for their next release in 2015.
Stay warm, be safe, stay home if possible. The roads will be icy and treacherous this evening.
The Parkington Sisters Feb 21 show is cancelled due to weather. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We hope to be able to reschedule this show.
Mar 21 (Saturday)
Southern Rail's performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. Southern Rail celebrates over three decades of performing with the long awaited release of their 12th recording, a live DVD entitled "Southern Rail Saturday Night". The new DVD captures the joy and energy of a live Southern Rail concert.
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$25 Admission at the door, 18 and under half price at door.
April 18 (Saturday)
Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in Folk and Americana music circles. The daughter of songwriter Terry Gilkyson, whose songs were recorded by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, the White Stripes, and Dean Martin, Eliza was headed for a career in music at an early age. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Etown, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio and has toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside legends Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith, received a Grammy nomination for her 2006 CD “Paradise Hotel”, and is an ongoing winner of the Austin Chronicle’s various music awards, as well as the Folk Alliance Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year. Eliza’s music has always reflected her vivid vision of the world around her, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.” Her latest release on Red House Records, Roses at the End of Time, illuminates the issues, the inspirations and the agonies of our time, and the struggle to remain human in the midst of multi-dimensional crises. Her newest recording, The Nocturne Diaries, is out now and already earning accolades.
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$20 Admission at the door, 18 and under half price at door.
May 16 (Saturday)
“ If your idea of a folk singer/songwriter concert is a bunch of people clapping politely after songs, and then sitting quietly while the performer says things like "This next song is about ...", well, you've never seen a Cheryl Wheeler concert before. That was a joke :^)
Cheryl's concerts are more like what you would find at a comedy club than expect to find at a folk music concert. She will tell a story that has you rolling in the aisles, and then sing a song that leaves you wiping tears from your eyes. She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter. Her entire concert is a emotional roller coaster.
Her set list is usually a crumpled piece of paper with a bunch of song titles. After each song, she'll look at the list and decide what to do next. If somebody calls out a request, and her guitar is in the right key, she might try it, even if she hasn't done it in a while. If she just finished writing a song, she will usually try it out in front of the next audience. If she has two sets back to back, she almost never does the same (or even similar) group of songs.
Her funny stories between songs show as much diversity. Each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you've heard it before, you still find yourself laughing.
To repeat, there is no way you can read about Cheryl and get a good picture of what she or her concerts are like. You have to see one. If she is performing in your area, do whatever it takes to get to her concert. You won't be sorry. ”
— Bill Pringle, Cheryl Wheeler huge fan and webmaster of official site: www.CherylWheeler.com
Opening Act: Meg Rayne
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$20 Admission at the door, 18 and under half price at door.
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