The folk country duo Darling Corey will perform at the Oasis of Music beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston. Submitted photo

The folk country duo Darling Corey will perform at the Oasis of Music beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston. 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.

Erica Brown, a well-known performer in the Lewiston area, 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. No less than Darol Anger calls her “One of the best fiddlers in Maine … . The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name.”

Calling Portland his home, Matt Shipman has been performing for many years throughout the United States and Canada. Shipman is not only an interpreter of traditional music of which he has studied and played for many years, but also weaves that love of tradition into his songwriting. He plays and teaches guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and clawhammer banjo. He is a seasoned music instructor, and enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities in his home studio. He enjoys sharing his love of music with people, helping them have fun with music and reach their personal goals. Some career highlights include playing with John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Tony Furtado, and a five-year, weekly residency with The Stowaways, featuring Joe Walsh, Erica Brown, Ron Cody and Steve Roy, and guests like Darol Anger. Shipman currently performs with his wife, Erica Brown, in a duo called Darlin’ Corey, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, Josephine County and Side By Each. He has put out two solo recordings as well as recordings with High Range, Darlin’ Corey, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection and most recently East to the West with Josephine County.

Admission to the Oasis of Music, held in the chapel of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, is free, with donations accepted.  For more information, call 344-3106.

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