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.
After many months of hard work, we are delighted to bring this album to you. Thanks to Jim and Steve for sharing their talents to hlep 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
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, 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
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. His main instruments are guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and clawhammer banjo. Matt can be heard playing with Darlin’ Corey, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, High Range, and in various Irish music ensembles and sessions. Matt has put out 2 of his own recordings as well as with High Range and Erica Brown and most recently “When Evening Falls” with Erica and Matt’s duo Darlin’ Corey.
Beginning this year we are pleased to offer private and semi-private music lessons from our house in Portland, Maine. We teach Monday through Thursday, noon to 7:30 p.m.
We offer lessons in
- Old-time/clawhammer banjo
- Bouzouki/octave mandolin
Visit our studio website, darlincoreystudios.com for more information.