AS A DUO, MATT AND ERICA feature a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk.
Released in 2015, this album is a mix of oringinal, traditional and covers focusing around a folk and old time sound. Thanks to Jim Prendergast and Steve Roy for sharing their talents to help bring you this music. Thanks to our friends, family and supporters who come to our shows and have encouraged and helped us along the way! Thank you to our fellow musicians and musical elders who walk beside and before us to inspire us and help blaze a path for us to follow.
Erica Brown: Fiddle, vocals, guitar
Matt Shipman: Guitar, vocals, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki
Steve “O” Roy: Bass
Produced by Matt and Erica
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Mill Pond Studios in Portsmouth, NH, by Jim Prendergast
Photographs by Amanda Kowalski
Graphic design by Salt Design
Calling Maine his home for many years, Matt is no stranger to the performance circuit throughout New England and afar. Having studied and played traditional music for many years, Matt is also a songwriter. He plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and clawhammer banjo. As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey, Matt can be heard playing with Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection and most recently, Josephine County. Matt has put out 2 of his own recordings as well as with High Range, Darlin’ Corey and most recently East to the West with Josephine County.
Erica developed an interest in music at an early age. At the age of seven, she was competing in fiddle contests with kids twice her age. At age nine, she was traveling throughout New England, Canada, and even Louisiana with the Maine French Fiddlers. Erica also performed as a special guest with Mac McHale And The Old-Time Radio Gang for five years.
As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey and Josephine County, she also has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays.
Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
“For the music of her heritage and her age, there’s no one any better.”- Don Roy
“One of the best fiddlers in Maine… The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name.”- Darol Anger
We are pleased to offer private and semi-private music lessons from our house in Portland, Maine. We teachTuesday through Thursday, noon to 7:30 p.m.
We offer lessons in
- Clawhammer banjo
- Bouzouki/octave mandolin
Visit our studio website, darlincoreystudios.com for more information.