WELD — New England Celtic Arts will present Don and Cindy Roy with Erica Brown and Matt Shipman at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Weld Town Hall.

A jam session is scheduled at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in the fun.

Don and Cindy Roy have long entertained audiences in the southern Maine area and beyond. He is the dean of Acadian and Franco traditions in Maine. Performances include the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Concert Hall and The Barns at Wolf Trap, as well as two appearances with Garrison Keillor and two performances at the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront.

At age 7, Erica Brown Shipman was competing in fiddle contests with youths twice her age. At age 9, she was traveling throughout New England, Canada and Louisiana with the Maine French Fiddlers. She also performed as a special guest with Mac McHale and the Old-Time Radio Gang for five years.

Shipman has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England. She is also a member of The Stowaways, Darlin’ Corey and The Record Family Band. She 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.

Matt Shipman resides in Portland and is a performer and teacher of acoustic and traditional music. He has been teaching guitar and mandolin at 317 Main St., a community Music School in Yarmouth, for six years and has been performing for around a dozen years.

He also enjoys playing bouzouki, tenor and claw-hammer banjo. He attended the Hartt School of Music, where he studied jazz trumpet before going back to his first love of traditional and acoustic music. This appreciation of traditional music is reflected in his college career, a 2004 graduate of Vermont College, majoring in a self-designed major of traditional music studies.

Weld Town Hall is at the corner of Route 156 and the Phillips Road in the center of town. Tickets are $15 cash or check at the door. For reservations, call 207-562-4445. More information available at necelticarts.com.

Refreshments are potluck.


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