Keeping Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Making Alive...

EXCITING News Don has a Wiki page!

Don has a Wikipedia Listing!  He was contacted by a Wiki editor and asked if he wanted a Wiki listing... a few emails later PRESTO!

2019-20 Bookings now open! 

We are EXCITED to be booking 2019 and will have most of our scheduling set by end of February. We have 2019 travel plans for areas out of the East Coast region.  If you want us to come to your area let us know.  -  We'd love to plan a road trip your way!   We are exploring options to keep this website up to date and we will when we can. 
Best to keep up with us on FaceBook 
Don DePoy 
Martha Hills 
Me & Martha

High Note for 2018 - 231 performances

Well it's official!  At the end of 2018 we will have performed 231 times from Maine to South Carolina.  These performances include: house parties, festivals, churches, senior residential and day facilities, libraries, public and private schools, street performances, weddings, historical societies, Maine wind-jammers, restaurants, jams/workshops and college classrooms.  And with all this, Martha and Don traveled from Belfast, Maine to the Galax Fiddler's Convention.  Don brought back a 1st place ribbon for Mountain Dulcimer!.

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 the Village of West View in Swoope, Virginia.  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 and a Master's in Education (MEd).  Martha is an early childhood educator (BA) with over 15 years in private and public education.

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.

Finishing up in Roanoke Today 

Finishing up with two gigs in Roanoke and heading home this afternoon - The aduiences just love our new show.  It's a lot of work to bring out a new show and hone the dialogue but worth the effort.  Home this afternoon -  Off til Tuesday next week!

Hanging out at Home 

In from a GREAT road trip.  Turned out to be 14 gigs - 5- days.  Now we are home tending to our plants and garden, catching up on chores, and blackberrys almost done and corn is just starting to coming in. Nothing better than fresh picked corn on the cob, 

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Me & Martha Concerts

Various Locations

This entry is to explain that of the 200+ concerts we do every year from Maine to Florida is too much to add here. Please Call or email us for times we will be in your area.

Bluegrass Spirit Supper & Jam

Old Country Church, 1529 Parkersburg Turnpike, Swoope, VA 24479

Bluegrass Spirit Jam – Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 9pm where you can meet your family and friends at @WestView’s Old Country Church, 1529 Parkersburg Turnpike in Swoope, Virginia located 4 miles west of Staunton. The church stop holding services in 2017 and serves as a community place. We invite you to bring your instrument and play along or just listen. This fellowship begins at 6:30 with a meet and greet pot luck supper. At 7:00 the music jam begins. All are welcome to play acoustic string instruments, listen to the music, and learn from others in a in a casual environment with a welcoming group of musicians. Most importantly, the old country church is providing a venue for people to connect through music. The jam’s hosts are Donald DePoy and his wife, Martha Hills. Don is a mult-instrumentalist who comes from a long line of traditional Shenandoah Valley makers. Martha Hills plays upright bass and books over 250 performances a year for their duo Me & Martha when not hosting the jam. Come be a part of what we like to call Bluegrass Spirit and see what a difference it can make in your life. Give us a call if you would like more information 540-209-3540 or email depoyd@hotmail.com

Me & Martha Concerts

Various Locations

This entry is to explain that of the 200+ concerts we do every year from Maine to Florida is too much to add here. Please Call or email us for times we will be in your area.

Me & Martha Concerts

Various Locations

This entry is to explain that of the 200+ concerts we do every year from Maine to Florida is too much to add here. Please Call or email us for times we will be in your area.

Me & Martha Concerts

Various Locations

This entry is to explain that of the 200+ concerts we do every year from Maine to Florida is too much to add here. Please Call or email us for times we will be in your area.

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