Keeping Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Making Alive...

We are in a word very BUSY - 2017 is already booking out nicely.  We will have officially performed 218 gigs for 2016 and keeping up this 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!!! December 5, 2016

Me & Martha have been visiting Virginia's poorest areas and performing for the local senior daycare centers and residential facilities thank to a 2016 matching grant from the by the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 
     Martha and Don have started a 2017 Children's Ukulele Project and are bringing ukuleles to children living in homeless shelters.  The ukuleles with a gig bag, instructional book, and lessons are offered free thanks to generous private contributions and house party fund-raisers.  If you'd like to contribute to this project contact Martha  540-209-3540.

 

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

Twitter version: 
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.

It's official - We will have 218 performances completed by December 31, 2016 

It's official - We will have 218 performances completed by December 31, 2016.
We are already booking into 2017 and Martha tells me we already have more than 50 bookings on our 2017 Calendar.
As a duo we are sometimes limited from playing larger venues and festivals.  So we have teamed up with our dear Maine friends who are a well respected performing couple.  Our new group, Three Yankees and a Hillbilly (3Y+H) will have our official kickoff later in the Spring of 2017.
We will post PR and demo reel as so as it gets out of production.

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!

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