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 Town Hall, Phillips Road, a jam session is set for 6 pm, audience members are encourage to bring instruments and join in.

At the forefront of the Franco American community in the Greater Portland area, the musical duo of Don and Cindy Roy have long entertained audiences in the southern Maine area and beyond. Don is the Dean of Acadian and Franco traditions in Maine. Performances by Don Roy include; the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Their Library of Congress performance was reviewed by the Maine Arts Commission. Other notable concerts include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, 2 appearances with Garrison Keillor and 2 performances at the American Folk Festival to name a few.

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

Shipman currently resides in Portland and is a performer and teacher of acoustic and traditional music. He has been teaching guitar and mandolin at a Community Music School in Yarmouth called 317 Main St. for six years and has been performing for around a dozen years. He also plays bouzouki, tenor and claw-hammer banjo. He attended the Hartt School of Music for a time 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.

Tickets cost $15 at the door. For reservations call 562-4445. More more information, visit necelticarts.com; refreshments by potluck.

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