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About Us

Haverhill Universalist-Unitarian Church
Haverhill Universalist-Unitarian Church

The New Moon is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enjoying the creative talents of established and up-and-coming acoustic performers. We strive to bring you the best performers in a relaxing, safe, friendly environment, where you can enjoy a great show, delicious fair trade coffee and awesome desserts!

We are a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization established in 1988 as a community outreach of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, located at 16 Ashland Street, Haverhill, MA  01830.

IN NORMAL TIMES: Live folk music concerts are held on the third Saturday of each month from September through May, excluding December. Tickets may be reserved in advance and are available for purchase at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music begins at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets purchased at the door, cash only, on the evening of the show.

WE ARE GETTING BACK TO NORMAL, BUT A FEW THINGS HAVE CHANGED. There were no in-person live shows from March 2020 until our October 22, 2022 kickoff show for our 34th season. During 2020 and 2021 interim we did present a new concerts online only, but as “Zoom fatigue” set in, we decided to wait unfil it would be possible to gather in person once again.

All Are Welcome

Joshua Garcia, Sophie Buskin, David Buskin, Aaron Nathans, Michael Rondstadt performing on January 18, 2020 at the New Moon Coffeehouse, Haverhill, MA

Rest assured, you will be able to enjoy a great show, fair trade coffee, and delicious desserts once more. We just need to take sensible precautions as the covid-19 risk lingers, even though reduced from earlier levels. Vaccinations and masks are optional but encouraged. If you have covid, have been recently exposed to covid, or if you are experiencing sniffles, cough, sore throat or any other flu-like or cold-like symptoms we request that you remain home.

Our venue is accessible and we will arrange seating to accommodate any number of wheelchairs, with prior notice not required but very much appreciated so that we can set up the optimal seating arrangement.

About Haverhill

For over thirty years, beginning in 1988 and until live music was suspended in March 2020 due to the pandemic, and now resuming in October 2022, our audience has been coming from the Haverhill area as well as Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, as well as Boston and suburbs – about a 60-minute drive, although some of you traveled for one or two hours or more. For those coming from out-of-town: Welcome! We hope you will enjoy your time in Haverhill and hope you will come back and visit our city often.

If you are looking for a wonderful city to vist, locate your business, or make your home, consider Haverhill — “America’s Hometown”!

Basiliere Bridge, Haverhill, MA

Haverhill is a super cool place to live and work as well as enjoy and participate in the performing and visual arts. For more ideas of fun things to do, check out the Discover Haverhill website maintained by Creative Haverhill, a partnership of major local civic and municipal organizations.

The culinary arts are well represented in our city. Whether you are into fine dining or more casual fare, we recommend you check out some of the many Haverhill restaurants, cafes, delis, sandwich shops and pizza shops in our Washington Street restaurant district as well as throughout the city.

Venue Information for Performers

Booking InfoThe Bombadils

This season 34 we will schedule concerts based on audience response. If there is a surge of covid we will postpone any live events. When we resume our full concert series post-pandemic: Our monthly concerts will once again be the third Saturday of each month, September through May, excluding December. We will schedule our season 6 to 18 months in advance. If you are a musical performer interested in appearing at the New Moon Coffeehouse after the pandemic is over, you are invited to contact us via email. Before inquiring, please become familiar with our organization by reading this website, reviewing our list of past performers over the past thirty-plus years, and if you are in our area, attending one or more of our volunteer-run monthly concerts. We appreciate inquiries that are tailored to our concert series and our audience. Complete email inquiries will include links to online video or audio portfolio as well as the performer’s website and social media links. We respond to these inquiries as soon as we can. We do not respond to mass mailings or boilerplate inquiries, and unfortunately we are not able to be flexible with dates nor to make changes at short notice.

Venue Description

Performances are held in the (main) Murray Room of the
Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill.

This room is rectangular (42′ x 50′) with a high ceiling and plenty of wood. The resulting acoustics are pleasant and warm. We use a raised stage (~12″) that consists of up to four sections (8′ x 4′) expandable
to a maximum area of 16′ x 8′.The Bombadils

General seating is provided for the audience in folding chairs and with some side tables. A target capacity of this room is about 60, and maximum comfortable capacity of this room is about 100. We will arrange seating to accommodate wheelchairs (with advance notification not required but very much appreciated).

The Sound System

New Sound Desk
New Amp Stack
  • Allen & Heath PA12 – 8 XLR (plus 4 TRS) channel mixer with FX Bus
  • Pair of Crown XLS 402 Stereo Power Amplifiers
  • Carver PM-300 Stereo Backup Amplifier
  • Behringer 2-channel Feedback Destroyer Pro

  • 2 RAMSA WS-A200 2-way bass reflex Main Speakers
  • 2 Fender 1272A 12″ Monitor Wedges
  • 1 Cerwin-Vega SM-12 Monitor Speaker
  • 4 Shure SM58 Vocal Mikes
  • 2 Shure SM57 Instrument Mikes
  • 2 AKG D-321 Vocal Mikes

  • 4 Passive Direct Interfaces
  • 1 ULTRA-DI20 Active Dual Channel DI
  • 7 Boom Microphone Stands
  • 2 USS T-30 Tripods (House Spkrs)
  • 50′ 8 channel snake