Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection

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Reach Out and Touch Some Sensational Maine Bluegrass: Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection are coming to the Raymond Village Community Church, Raymond Center, Maine, Sunday, October 4 starting at 3:00pm (performer bios included, photo attached)

Maine’s own Erica Brown will bring her sensational fiddle playing, soulful voice, and wonderful band; the Bluegrass Connection, to the intimate 150-seat Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main Street in Raymond Center, Sunday, October 4, starting at 3:00pm – the second year in a row.

Bluegrass fans in Maine know Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection for their musicianship, tight harmonies, and broad bluegrass repertoire. Brown’s extraordinary fiddling; the outcome of both classical violin training and over two decades of devotion to her French-Canadian musical heritage, provides a unique and powerful addition. A video of a past performance can be found on YouTube at: .

Noted for its excellent acoustics, unusual trompe l’oeil decoration, and intimate feeling, the Raymond Village Community Church is a great place to hear any music, especially music this good. It seems that most of the time, the better the music, the bigger the venue. But thanks to generous underwriting support from Church parishioners, RVCC is bringing first-class music to a setting where the majority of seats are closer to the performers than the first row in most venues.

Tickets for the concert are $12.00 and may be reserved by calling 655-7749. They also will be available at the door the day of the show. Contact the church office for more information: 655-7749.

RVCC: Small Church, BIG Heart!


Raymond Village Community Church is a United Church of Christ congregation. It is a diverse faith community embracing tolerance, committed to missions and outreach, singing joyfully, and warmly welcoming all people no matter where they are on their faith journey. For more information about RVCC, contact Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor, at 655-7749 or [email protected]


Bios – Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection

Erica Brown has been playing the violin and fiddle for 25 years, touring from Louisiana to Canada. The Maine Arts Commission has recognized her as a Master Artist. She teaches violin and fiddle at the Community Music Center, known as “317 Main Street” in Yarmouth.

Matt Shipman has been performing for over 10 years and has been teaching guitar and mandolin at Community Music Center for 5 years. He and Erica also perform as the duo; Darlin’ Corey. Matt currently resides in Portland.

Steve Roy is best known for his bass playing, but he also plays and teaches mandolin, guitar and fiddle. Like Matt, he lives in Portland and teaches at the Community Music Center. He also performs in a wide variety of jazz, rock, country, rockabilly and folk groups

Ken Taylor has been accompanying Erica for over 8 years, keeping the band tight with his solid upright bass. Originally a guitarist whose forte was folk music, he got bit by the bluegrass bug and has been at it ever since.

Read McNamara started playing banjo as a teenager.  After he inherited his grandfather’s Gibson banjo, he graduated from high school and hit the road, moving to Virginia and touring full-time up and down the East Coast. Read now lives in Limerick.