Keeping Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Making Alive...

We are in a word very BUSY - We have scheduled over 210 gigs for 2016 and keeping up the website is desirable and we will when we can. 
Best to keep up with us on FaceBook 
Don DePoy 
Martha Hills 
Me & Martha

NEWS FLASH!!! July 1, 2016

Me & Martha just received word that we were fully funded (5800$) by the Virginia Commission for the Arts to continue bringing high quality, live music to very under-served seniors in the poorest areas of the state. Press release to follow!!!

 

Me & Martha   a.k.a  Don DePoy & Martha Hills

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Me & Martha are keepers of the flame of ‘real’ music, national treasures of America’s Mountain Music, a treasure trove of musical memorabilia, great story tellers with exceptional musical talents and are endlessly entertaining.

Martha and Don are married to each other and live in McGaheysville, Virginia on Massanutten Mountain One.  Martha Hills and Don DePoy enthusiastically bring Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Music to the world. You’ll be quick to notice they embrace life and love to make music.  Me & Martha plays Americana Rural Roots Mountain Music, which includes American fiddle/banjo traditions, blues, old-time string band, sea shanties, work songs, hillbilly, traditional and classic country, bluegrass, rural swing, and contemporary folk ballads.
     Using  mountain dulcimer, 5-string banjo, autoharp, guitar, Dobro, mandolin and bass fiddle, the duo continues the centuries old music making tradition of taking a little of this and that creating a fusion of whatever musical genres seem to fit effectively to create a fresh approach to the music.    
     Steeped in the tradition of improvised performing art, Me & Martha creates a space where everyone can experience musical art as unfolding stories. Many of Me & Martha’s signature songs explore the universal themes of everyday life. On stage, Martha and Don captivate audiences with spontaneous and often amusing banter and backed up by amazing vocal and instrument virtuosity.
     Don is a 5th generation music maker from the Shenandoah Valley and holds a PhD specializing in American Music and Popular Culture.  Martha is an early childhood educator with over 15 years in private and public education.

April 1 - No foolin' Where does the time go? 

Martha and I have been busy to say the least.  So far, Martha has booked over 180 concerts for 2016. The month of March we had 2 days off.  We took a road trip and gigged all the way down to Myrtle Beach and back.  Of course we took 4 days and stayed at the beach.  We had such a great time!  We had a surprise chance to play for the track and field teams for Liberty University at their talent show.  Blew their socks off with the banjo.  Lot's of smiley faces and hand clapping.  Something we all will remember.
Our friends Joe and Nellie are visiting from Maine. We have invited all our music buddies to a "pick" scheduled tomorrow in their honor. We have Rosie all ready to sail for the season.
At the end of this month we are heading to Maine to visit family and friends.  If time allows we will write more here.  However, the best place to keep up on our day-2-day is on our Facebook accounts:  Martha HillsDonald DePoy, or Me & Martha.  Hope to see you on the music trail.  Let us know if you want to bring Me & Martha to your area for a House Concert, Special Event or Concert.

Here's a picture of Rosie and Martha on the hard in Deltaville, VA

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR & Happy Birthday Martha! 

We've been a bit too busy to write in our web-site blog.  We finished out 2015 with our 218th gig.  We took the month of January 2016 off the road, doing only 5 local gigs all month and catching up on mounds of paperwork.  We are working on a new CD as this is being written.  First day in the studio, January 29th to record.  PS Martha's birthday in also on the 29th.  
Jonas Makes a visit! to Massanutten Mountain in the heart of Virginia's  Shenandoah Valley.

Can it really be November?  

It is hard to believe that two months have past since our last blog.   Time sure does fly by if you're having fun.  We are now at the time of the year where we look to 2016 for bookings.  For 2015 we are looking at finishing out with around 225 performances and around 50 jams and workshops.  All in all an average year. Next year our goal is to slow down a bit, a few less gigs and a bit more sailing, and more family time.  For day to day following of Me & Martha our Facebook pages tell all!

Where did August go? 

We have been busy working up new songs, adding new clients (we have over 225), doing 27 gigs, had family visiting from Maine, and sailed for the first time on Rosie (more about Rosie on Facebook on July 29th posting).   Now we are settling in for September.

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Previous events

FREE CONCERT Me & Martha at Hopkins Park

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Massanutten Resort, Hopkins Park, Massanutten, VA

Hopkins Park Summer Music Series Continues at Hopkins Cabin

Jul28

Me & Martha Gigging

Chesterfield - 1 gig

Jul26

Me & Martha in Roanoke

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Roanoke Area - 5 gigs

Our 16th Anniversary

Belfast Maine

Jul9

Me & Martha Gigging

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Middle Peninsula 9 gigs

Urbanna, Deltaville, Gloucester, Matthews, (Sailing aboard Rosie)

Jul1

July Calendar Set for Me & Martha

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12 gigs Local

Charlottesville, Standardsville, Charlottesville, Gordonsville, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Orange, Culpeper.

Jun30

39 Gigs Set for Me & Martha's July Calendar

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Jun25

Me & Martha - FREE performance

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Wisteria Farm & Vineyard, 1126 Marksville Rd, Stanley, VA 22851

Wisteria Farm and Vineyard - 540-742-1489

For those of you who do know Me & Martha, this is rare, near-by public concert. For those who do not know, this is an opportunity to enjoy two of the best entertaining Appalachian music makers. - You are invited to come out and enjoy a day in the country this Saturday, June 25th at Wisteria Farm and Vineyards in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at the foot of the world famous Blue Ridge Mountains. Only a little over an hour's drive from Staunton and less than a two hours drive from downtown Washington, DC, come join us and escape for the day. Bring lunch and wander around the farm and vineyard, take a picnic by the creek, or just sit on the deck enjoying the award winning wine, a cheese plate and some down-home music by Me & Martha. a.k.a Martha Hills and Don DePoy call near by Massanutten, Virginia home when they are not on the road doing an average of 250 gigs a year. Me & Martha are an internationally celebrated touring duo and members of America's Old-time Country Music Hall of fame. Eddie and Martha Adcock insist, “They are “keepers of the flame of ‘real’ music. Whatever they do, they do with their whole hearts! We, with unreserved enthusiasm, support their music endeavors”. Don and Martha are national treasures of America’s Mountain Music with a near-magical ability to blend their own unique, immense repertoire of old songs and tunes with exciting performance skills. Me & Martha is a treasure trove of musical memorabilia. They are great story tellers with exceptional musical talents and are endlessly entertaining. Don can pick the (heck) out of anything with strings and put a smile on your face at the same time. These two play Americana music at its best. It's just plain enjoyable! Me & Martha play from 5 to 7pm. Hope to see you this Saturday (rain or shine).

There's free wi-fi for our friends who must stay connected.

Mar1

Me & Martha Concerts

Various

March Madness is not just about Basketball! We have 34 gigs booked for March. These gigs take us to Culpeper, Madison, Gordonsville, Crozet, Richmond area, Myrtle Beach, SC, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Danville, Lynchburg, Roanoke/ Blacksburg, and finally ending the month with 4-gigs in Washington, DC Area. So far this year Martha has booked over 160 performances. We only did 218 in 2015.

Feb25

Me & Martha Concert

Staunton, VA

2- gig local trip to Staunton

Feb22

Me & Martha Concert

Roanoke, VA

6 Gig trip to Roanoke/Blacksburg area

Feb17

Me & Martha Concert

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Richmond, VA

7-Concerts Richmond Area

Feb16

Me & Martha Concert

Staunton, VA

Private Concert

Feb4

Me & Martha Concert

Madison, VA

Private Concert

Jan1

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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