Matt Shipman currently resides in Portland, ME and is a performer and teacher of acoustic and traditional music. Although guitar and mandolin were his first love, he also plays bouzouki, and clawhammwer 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. For this study he traveled through Nova Scotia, North Carolina and Maine recording and compiling songs and stories from people he met, which later culminated as a radio documentary about traditional music in the 21st century. During that time he also attended the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago where he studied various instruments and styles.
Matt performs with his wife Erica Brown in a duo called Darlin’ Corey darlincorey.com a 5 piece bluegrass band Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection ericabrownonline.com, High Range highrangeband.com, and Boghat boghat.com, a traditional Irish band. Matt has put out recordings with High Range and Erica Brown and has also has released 2 recordings of his own. Matt and Erica have been music educators for over 12 years and recently opened a teaching studio in their Portland, ME home called Darlin’ Corey Studios darlincoreystudios.com where they give lessons to people of all ages and abilities.