Matt Shipman has been been a music instructor for over 12 years now, and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities. He enjoys sharing his love of music with people and helping them have fun with music and reach their personal goals. Matt plays and teaches the guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and Old Time 5-string banjo. Matt has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vermont College in 2004, majoring in Traditional Music Studies. During his time there, he toured through Nova Scotia, North Carolina and Maine compiling songs and stories from people he met, which later culminated as a radio documentary about traditional music in the 21st Century. Performing throughout the U.S. and Canada for many years now, he can be heard playing with Darlin’ Corey, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, High Range, and Boghat. Matt has put out recordings with High Range and Erica Brown. He has also played on other recordings such as Ron Cody’s “Talking Rake”, Joe Walsh’s “Sweet Loam” and Brad Strauss’ “Close to the Bone”. He also has released 2 recordings of his own, "Highway Shoes" and "Solitary Wander".
Erica Brown has been teaching fiddle to young and old alike for more than 12 years. She has helped bring music into several elementary schools by holding workshops and personally performing. She has a strong desire to share her knowledge with anyone who has an interest in music and the fiddle. 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. Currently, she has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England and Canada. Erica is also a member of Darlin’ Corey. She has competed in and won numerous fiddle contests throughout New England and Canada. In 2003 she was awarded Junior Female Entertainer Of The Year by the Maine Country Music Association and in 2006 she received the Harold Carter Memorial Award from the Down East Country Music Association and was a recipient of a 2006 Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award and was recognized as a Master Artist by the Maine Arts Commission that same year.
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. Erica has produced and released 6 solo CD's.