Side by Each members are, left to right Erica Brown, Don Roy, Cindy Roy, and Matt Shipman. Image courtesy E. Brown.

Two musical couples will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House, 3 Borough Road in Chesterville.

The quartet features Don and Cindy Roy and Erica Brown and Matt Shipman. The roots run deep in the group as Don and Cindy Roy’s music goes back in each of their families to the Canadian Maritime and Quebec. In 2018, they were awarded a National Heritage Fellowship Award as leading proponents of Franco-American traditional music in Maine.

Erica Brown grew up studying fiddle with Don, beginning at the age of 8. A virtuosic fiddler and singer in her own right, of not only Franco-American music but now bluegrass as well, she fits right back in with Don and Cindy like they have never stopped playing. Matt Shipman is not only an interpreter of traditional music which he has studied and played for many years, but also weaves that love of tradition into his singing and solid accompaniment with bouzouki and guitar.

Together with Don and Erica’s fiddling, Cindy’s rhythmic piano, foot work and step dancing, Matt’s guitar and bouzouki work, and Matt and Erica’s vocals, they bring a lively show to audiences across the U.S. and Canada.
Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth and is free for children younger than 12, tickets will be available at the door.

For more information call 207-779-0660 or visit


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