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Below you will find detail about all the shows in our 28th season - September 2015 through May 2016.
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!
September 19 (Saturday)
Local Talent Potpourri
Quentin Calewaert, Dean Stevens, Kangaralien, Meg Rayne, Aidan and Connor Wertz, and Paul Prue will perform. All proceeds from this night will benefit the UU Church of Haverhill
Oct 17 (Saturday)
There is no finer songwriter than Jez Lowe.
Richard Thompson calls him “The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time”.
Jez pens pointed, poignant, and powerful songs about life in his native North East England.
He masterfully delivers his music with guitar, cittern, mandolin and harmonica.
He recently released his much acclaimed 19th album, entitled The Ballad Beyond.
Opening Act: Monica Rizzio
With six albums of original songs and numerous placements on Film and TV, Sampou writes, sings, plays guitar, and puts on a show all with the ease of the seasoned veteran she is. Sampou, who lives in the South Shore outside Boston, began playing in the streets in what she terms as “relatively late in life.” At twenty five, when all her friends were getting married, buying houses and planning for kids, Sampou started hitting the pavement to Harvard Square, the tunnels of the MBTA, as well as anywhere she could open her case for coins and applause. It was there she found her voice and polished her guitar playing and wrote the first of her prolific collection of songs. Les Sampou has performed at Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival (where she won the New Folk Songwriting Award), Philadelphia Folk Festival, Winnipeg, and Falcon Ridge to name a few. Sampou has conducted workshops at Berklee School of Music and appeared on the top syndicated radio programs such as Acoustic Cafe, World Cafe, and NPR. Sampou has released five albums, three on her own label and two on Rounder Records, Her second album, "Fall from Grace", topped the Gavin Americana Charts nationwide. Her release “Lonesomeville” (2010) charted number 2 on the US/European Americana F.A.R. Charts and led to her performance at the 2011 SXSW Conference in Austin, TX. Her most recent release, Live at Church, is a 13 song live recording featuring Les on guitar and vocals. Guest appearances by Mark Cunningham and Ed Grenga.
Opening Act: Bird Mancini
This acclaimed duo features eclectic and at times a bit psychedelic acoustic rock pop style with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. Gospel choirs in country churches and Kansas City blues and swing were Ruby Bird's early upbringing, while Billy Carl Mancini cut his guitar-playing teeth on high school rock and roll bands covering songs by 60's greats like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Stones. Along with critical acclaim and an ASCAP/Boston Music Award nomination, Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year's Best by New England's Metronome Magazine. They've opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, James Montgomery, The Stompers, The Outlaws, Mighty Sam McClain and the Pousette-Dart Band.
Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston’s North Shore. A favorite up and down the East coast, Chelsea’s commanding stage presence and energetic rock/folk/pop sound has begun bringing her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston Taylor as well as headliner of her own shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere in between. Along with her solo shows, Chelsea frequently supports artists such as Chris Isaak, Jonathan Edwards, Jon Butcher, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Marshall Crenshaw, Patty Larkin, and many others.
Opening Act: Fozzie Hill
Fozzie Hill is about as authentic as one can be. Born and forever rooted in Gloucester, her ambition from the age of seven, when she first remembers being drawn into the deep mystery of the human voice, has been to ”release that power inside” of herself. Fozzie performs covers and original songs influenced by a diverse array of musicians such as Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Donovan, John Sebastian, Ferron, and the Rolling Stones.
In Summer 2015 Peter Mulvey's song "Take Down Your Flag" added to the viral #TakeDownTheFlag movement. Mulvey's original lyrics included a verse about one of the victims of the Charleston church shootings; immediately dozens of additional verses and versions were posted to YouTube by other musicians.
Peter Mulvey is an American folk singer-songwriter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since the early 1990s, he has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums. Starting his musical career in Milwaukee while at Marquette University, he honed his performing skills while traveling in Dublin, Ireland.
He later spent several years in Boston, where he frequently performed in the city's subway system. He is best known for his warmly wry songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style.
Interesting Haverhill connection: According to Wikipedia, Peter Mulvey is featured on 1998 - WXRV Presents: Live From River Music Hall, Vol. 1. So, 1998 to 2015 - that's 17 years - way too long to stay away. New Moon welcomes Peter Mulvey back to Haverhill!
Opening Act: Lynne Taylor
Lynne Taylor has been an important musical voice in New England for nearly 30 years. Her music has evolved as she has, and is always pushing conventions and boundaries in the realm of social and personal awareness. Her lyrics range from dark and moody to hopeful and uplifting. She is different from any of her contemporaries – there is really no comparison to be made, either musically or lyrically. The daughter of a folk musician and a poet, Lynne grew up in Kent, Ohio during the sixties and seventies, and absorbed the social consciousness of that time. She has always felt that music was her calling. She began writing her own songs at the age of fourteen, and has been performing professionally ever since in a wide variety of genres ranging from bluegrass to punk rock and everything in between. Lynne’s music is characterized by poignant, brutally honest songwriting combined with a powerful vocals and unique piano accompaniment. A staple on the music scene in her adopted hometown of Newburyport, MA, she has been performing professionally across the northeastern US since 1985. In addition to being a popular solo artist, Lynne can currently be found having a blast playing bass guitar in her punk band, Halo and the Harlots and playing upright electric bass in roots/alt/country-rock band, Liz Frame and the Kickers! One thing is certain; whether playing her own material or supporting others, Lynne Taylor has a sound and spirit that is instantly recognizable and all her own!
Mar 19 (Saturday)
Catie Curtis Poster
Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene, crisscrossing the US for 20 years – and counting – performing shows, recording and releasing 13 CDs, with devoted fans following her every move. She’s performed at the White House several times, at two Presidential Inaugural Balls, with Lilith Fair, and at Carnegie Hall. The winner of more than her share of Boston Music Awards, she also took the Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (out of 15,000 entries). Catie recorded a duet with Kris Kristofferson for his CD "The Austin Sessions” and there’s a good chance you’ve heard a song of hers in a movie or on a TV show. The New Yorker called Catie a "folk-rock goddess." Since 2012, Catie has been the producer of Voices United Concerts, organized to raise awareness and funds for Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU). AU is a crucially important bi-partisan non-profit that lobbies, litigates and educates to protect against religious extremism – an issue Catie unequivocally supports. Voices United shows have presented a diverse lineup of performers with such greats as Sarah Silverman, Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, Louis Black, Kate Clinton, John Gorka, Roy Zimmerman and Melissa Ferrick, to name just a few. The first season, in 2012, presented 75 house concerts (one in every state) over one weekend, and plans are now well underway for the 2015 Voices United Concert schedule. When Maine-native Catie Curtis is not writing, recording, touring or producing concerts, she also officiates and performs at fans’ weddings (having received her ordination online in 2011), teaches at song schools around the country, leads high school songwriting workshops, speaks on diversity, and runs a songwriter retreat in Maine every summer called "Catie at the Cove." Catie’s 13th album, Flying Dream (2014), continues her songwriting signature of being deep and soulful, telling honest and universal truths of the experience of living. Flying Dream is a start-to-finish collaboration with Sugarland co-founder and modern folk songwriting luminary Kristen Hall. After being introduced by Mary Gauthier, says Curtis, “We discovered that we were very compatible in writing together. After we had a couple songs under our belts, we both wanted to keep going and Kristin wanted to produce the album.” Curtis came to the creation of this album with a desire to articulate “some really universal experiences.” “What’s eerie,” she says, “is how much the songs ended up being true to my life.” It’s no accident that the album is bookended by songs that deal with choosing to not withdraw from life, but rather savor the simple, sensual and sacred surprises it brings. “My goal is not just to reflect my own personal life, but to reflect back to people what happens in life, in their lives, in our world,” she says. “As we all know, sh#t happens.” Wise words from a truly intrepid songwriter.
Opening Act: The Levins
The Levins ( pronounced LeVINNs) offer harmony-driven acoustic music that is warm and uplifting without skating over the complexities of life. Guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. Their albums have garnered invitations to collaborate and perform nationally and in Amsterdam and England. The 2014 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists’ first official release was selected by John Platt, WFUV as a top 10 CD of 2013. Their most recent release, "TRUST" has hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ charts and continues to connect on a universal level with a lighthearted depth and a celebration of our common humanity. Ira and Julia met at an open mic at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA. It was a singer-songwriter competition held by the West Coast Songwriter's Organization of which they were both members at the time. They married in 2002 and in late 2010, they left their respective bands (Vocolot-Julia and Comfy Chair - Ira) as well as their comfort zones on the west coast and moved to NY to pursue music full time, together.
"The Levins speak to our better selves with their crystalline harmonies and uplifting lyrics.” - John Platt, WFUV-FM
The Squeezebox Stompers is a Boston area Cajun and Zydeco band. They perform Cajun, Zydeco, blues and Americana music all over Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut. They play accordion, keyboards, lap steel, fiddle, mandolin, saxophone, harmonica, guitar, bass and drums. This multi-instrumental Cajun band promises a rollicking good time with originals and Cajun and Zydeco traditional favorites that will make you want to dance.
You may recognize the faces and musicianship of these amazing individuals, many have performed at various venues in Haverhill and environs over the years, including gigs at the gone but never forgotten Bradford College Creative Arts Series in Denworth Hall during the 1980's and 1990's.
May 21 (Saturday)
Dave Gunning Poster
After two decades of writing, performing and recording, acclaimed Canadian folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning finally finds his way to the New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverhill. Be carried away by his poetic lyrics and expressive vocals.
Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter. Unlike the assembly-line approach of Nashville writing sessions, there’s a spontaneous and relaxed approach to Gunning’s writing, that is reflected in the warmth of the material. Over the years, he has earned peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. “I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,” says Dave. “I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I’m their peer and they like my stuff too. It’s a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.”
Along with richly-deserved peer respect, he has also earned a shelf full of music industry awards. That tally now stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination.
Though many of his songs remain rooted in the province Dave is proud to call home—Nova Scotia—they travel well. A genuinely engaging performer and storyteller, he is now a fixture on the folk festival and club circuit in the rest of Canada and United States. Don’t miss his stop at the New Moon Coffeehouse.
Opening Act: Aidan and Connor Wertz
Aidan and Connor Wertz, both accomplished musicians with a bright future, are Haverhill residents and students at Haverhill High School. With a classical music background, these twin brothers have extended their field to fiddle and pop as well.
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$20 Admission at the door, 18 and under half price at door.
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