As a duo, Matt Shipman and Erica Brown 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.
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