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Long-lost recordings of Maine music reveal voices from the past

Long-lost recordings of Maine music reveal voices from the past

PORTLAND, Maine – It took Matt Shipman the better part of two years to produce his senior thesis at Vermont College before graduating in 2003 with a self-designed degree in Traditional Folk Music.

For his project, Shipman found and recorded interviews with traditional players in Maine, North Carolina, Cape Breton, and Nova Scotia. Inspired by field-recording collectors of the past, he wanted to identify song connections between geographically disparate East Coast musicians.

However, those musical threads were never fully realized.

But Shipman had life-changing adventures while giving interviews and jamming with old timers. They helped pave the way for the rest of his musical career, including his work with Celtic-tinged band Josephine County and Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection.

Shipman got a good score on the project, too.


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