Join us for our second MUSIC ON THE RAILWAY at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington's Alna Center station. Park at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) and take the train to Alna Center for the show. Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase at Alna Center during the concert.
Train departs Sheepscot at 5PM sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:30PM to 7PM.
Advance online ticketing will end at 8PM the day before the concert, and will be available at Sheepscot Station until 5PM the day of the concert.
For tickets and information to the other concerts in this series, please go here: http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/Event-List/
----SAT JUNE 22ND : DARLIN' COREY----
As a duo, Matt Shipman and Erica Brown feature a delightful blend of vocal harmonies accompanied by fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitars. From thoughtful original and traditional songs as well as carefully chosen covers, traditional instrumentals from Maine, Canada, Southern Appalachia and Ireland they play a diverse and unique Americana mix of bluegrass, old time and folk
Calling Maine his home for many years, Matt is no stranger to the performance circuit throughout New England and afar. Having studied and played traditional music for many years, Matt is also a songwriter. He plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and clawhammer banjo. As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey, Matt can be heard playing with Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection and most recently, Josephine County. Matt has put out 2 of his own recordings as well as with High Range, Darlin’ Corey and most recently East to the West with Josephine County.
Erica 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.
As well as performing with Darlin’ Corey and Josephine County, she also has her own bluegrass band, Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection, which performs all over New England. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a fun-filled performance every time she plays.
Performance highlights include opening for Grammy award winning country music superstar Dwight Yoakam, as well as Grammy award winning bluegrass performer Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
“For the music of her heritage and her age, there’s no one any better.”- Don Roy
“One of the best fiddlers in Maine… The kind of musician who gives musicians a good name.”- Darol Anger
----SAT JULY 27TH : JUD CASWELL----
Maine’s Jud Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival. You’ve got your banjo picking, your Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments, and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He’s often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.
Jud is currently celebrating the release of his sixth collection, “Watch The Fall.” This is his first CD of new material since 2007. The years between have been full of music and focusing on family, friends and community. The album reflects that focus. Early listeners have called it “homey and groovy and uplifting and thoughtful” -- a “celebration of life, love, family, and all that is wonderful about midcoast Maine.”
Jud is a lifelong musician, but it wasn’t until 2004 that he was able to pursue music full-time. By 2008, Jud had made a name for himself on the national folk circuit, playing folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and winning some of the best songwriting contests in the country. His 2007 release “Blackberry Time” was a folk DJ favorite.
Since that time, Jud has continued to work as a performer, teacher and recording engineer. With the new CD, he is beginning to tour again, with dates booked in the mid-Atlantic and the northeast and more in the works. He is grateful, as always, to be making a living in music while making a life in Maine.
----SAT AUGUST 24TH : THE SANDY RIVER RAMBLERS----
The Sandy River Ramblers are the second oldest Bluegrass band in Maine, having been established in 1982. Original members still in the band are Stan Keach and Bud Godsoe. Liz Keach, an original member, is semi-retired from music, but still subs for other members when needed. Keach, a 2019 inductee the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, is the most widely recorded Bluegrass songwriter in Maine ever, having had many of his original songs recorded by big-name Bluegrassers, including James King, Audie Blaylock, Special Consensus, Danny Paisley, and many others.
Godsoe and Simons are two of the best pickers in the state, and Davenport, only 22, is a stunningly good lead singer. 14-year-old Reynolds in a vocal prodigy, and the vocal trio of Keach, Davenport and Reynolds has been widely praised. Woodruff, 17, is already a fine young fiddler.
The Ramblers’ specialty is original songs about Maine. Their CD, Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine, has been critically acclaimed and has been, Keach believes, the best selling Bluegrass CD in Maine over the past 4 years.