Goodnight Blue Moon / Bio

Goodnight Blue Moon, from New Haven, Connecticut, writes pop songs on folk instruments. By combining 60’s vocal harmonies, traditional roots influences, and catchy orchestrated melodies, GNBM is what New England Americana sounds like. Having already shared the stage with folk heavy weights (Spirit Family Reunion, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Frank Fairfield), they play high energy and dynamic sets that get an entirely packed room dancing and singing along.

Goodnight Blue Moon released How Long, their critically-acclaimed debut full length record, in March, 2012. Recorded in Lyric Hall Antiques and Restoration and mixed at Tarquin Studios by Greg Giorgio, How Long was a testament to the original vision of Elligers, Matlack and Crowley, featuring a riveting blend of 60's orchestral pop and folk, indie folk, and bluegrass. CT.com gushed, “They have successfully merged styles and sounds that, at first glance on paper, probably shouldn't work. But by sheer will and muscle they're proving that with enough talented players in your troupe that you can take great songs, structure them any damn way you please and create a unique and enjoyable listening experience.” CT.com also included How Long on their annual year-end list of the best Connecticut albums of 2012.

2013 brought more accolades for Goodnight Blue Moon as they were voted by Connecticut music fans as the “Best Folk/Traditional Band” at the 2nd Annual Connecticut Music Awards. They were one of a very small handful of bands to be nominated in multiple categories, including the “Best Overall Band” category. They were also invited to perform at the ceremony on the prestigious Bushnell Theater stage, along with knockout performances at the annual CT Folk Festival, The Block Island Music Festival, The Meriden Daffodil Festival, and venues all across New England.

In 2014, Goodnight Blue Moon released their newest EP, "A Girl I Never Met." This six-song venture, once again recorded at Tarquin Studios with Greg Giorgio, further captured the hearts and minds of listeners. As described by Christopher Mariotti from Lonesome Review, "Goodnight Blue Moon has quite successfully put together a collection of superb songs synchronous with one another, leaving for a perfect “press-play and listen through” EP, perhaps for one drifting along to the dance of the sea." The album received critical acclaim earning spots on a number of year end top ten lists as well as "Captain's Church" receiving "Song of the Year" from Connecticut blogs. It was a great year for GNBM as they played throughout New England, including festival performances at the I AM Festival, the Daffodil Festival, LAUNCH Music Festival, and headlined the Block Island Music Festival.


"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)

General Info

Band Members
Erik Elligers, Mathew Crowley, Nancy Matlack-Elligers, Vicki Wepler, Sean Elligers, Carl Testa, Nick D'Errico
Artist Name
Goodnight Blue Moon
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Folk / Indie / Americana

Contact Info

New Haven, CT

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