Goodnight Blue Moon is an indie-folk band from New Haven, Connecticut that has been playing together since 2009. Instrumentation includes cello, violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo, upright bass, trumpet, and drums, which support rich vocal harmonies. With songs that range from americana and bluegrass-based traditional folk to through-composed and orchestrated pop, Goodnight Blue Moon's style is eclectic, thoughtful, and danceable at the same time.
Goodnight Blue Moon includes guitarist and singer, Erik Elligers (Pencilgrass, Mountain Movers), singer and mandolin player, Mathew Crowley (Dudley Farm String Band), Nancy Matlack Elligers on cello and banjo, Sean Elligers on trumpet and vocals, and Carl Testa (Uncertainty Music Series) on upright bass. The group recently added Vicki Wepler on violin and Nick D'Errico on drums. This latest rendition of the group may get a bit crowded on stage, but the new line-up is the most energetic and full sounding yet.
GNBM released How Long, their first full length record, in March, 2012. Recorded in Lyric Hall Antiques and Restoration and their apartment, and mixed at Tarquin Studios by Greg Giorgio, the new album includes mostly originals and also features a full string section on several songs.
Photo credit: Lisa Curtiss/Drop Anchor Photography (www.dropanchorphotography.com), 2013
"Their instrumentation is as varied as their influences with songs that utilize such tools as banjo, trumpet, cello, violin, and upright bass as accompaniments. Not to mention some seriously killer vocal arrangements reminiscent of such classic harmonizers like Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash." Chip McCabe (Advocate Weekly, CT.com)
"Tremendously popular and emotionally moving Americana band." Christopher Arnott (scribblers.us)"
"What impresses about Goodnight Blue Moon is that this eclectic pop, which in the 1960s would have required the guiding hand of a producer and the big bucks backing of a major label, is a handmade D.I.Y. project. It’s the best of two pop worlds — the determinedly human scale sensibility of the indie scene coupled with the arranging and performing skills of musical professionals." Hank Hoffman (Arts Council of Greater New Haven)
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