Keeping Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Making Alive...
January 28, 2021
Newspaper Article from The Daily Progress (Charlottesville)
2021 More EXCITING NEWS!
Mountain Music Television Series hosted by Me & Martha
Starting August 16, 2020 The Shenandoah Music Trail has been producing Mountain Music, a weekly half-hour television series airing Sunday mornings at 8am on WHSV Valley Fox in Harrisonburg, Virginia Channel 43.1 and every Sunday morning at 10am over WVAW ABC16 in Charlottesville, Virginia Channel 16. If you can't view these shows send us and email and we will send you links to a few shows. Here's a Link to Show 25
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!
2020 Bookings Cancelled by CoVid19
2020 Mountain Music Television Series
We knee-deep in 2020 and All of that came to a halt in early March. Since that time we have been developing and producing a new television series, Mountain Music. The shows are available by Subscription and beginning August 16th will be airing over WHSV Valley's Fox Channel 43.1. We are exploring options to keep this website up to date and we will when we can.
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Me & Martha
High Note for 2019 - 243 performances
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 3pm Me & Martha played our 2500 concert.
Well it's official! At the end of 2019 we performed 243 times from Maine to North 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 spent mid-May to mid- September aboard their 37' sailboat Rosie and volunteered for Stockton Springs Youth Sailing Program, Friends & Family Bluegrass Festival Concert and two workshops, Blister Fingers Bluegrass Festival Youth Performance Program and a fund-raising concert for the Holbrook Island Sanctuary.
Me & Martha a.k.a Don DePoy & Martha Hills
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.
Shenandoah Music Trail's Mountain Music Television Series hosted by Me & Martha
Shenandoah Music Trail (SMTrail), as part of its Educational Outreach, is sponsoring the recording, production and distribution of the video series “Mountain Music” Our objective is to provide viewers an opportunity to "experience traditional Appalachian Music Makers, gain a greater understanding of the music’s important role in maintaining cultural and social identities and its impact on today's popular music". The video series, originally developed to help bridge the isolation barrier in senior congregate living facilities, has quickly gained success and is now being readied for broadcast television. Our goal for each program is to provide a respite where viewers can safely enjoy familiar music, connection to the outside world and be entertained. Each Mountain Music show features an opportunity for out of work or under employed musicians to showcase their talents. To meet the various technical needs of individual facilities SMTrail distributes these programs on multiple platforms to provide accessibility in the form of internet links and Dvd’s with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. We are currently recording 4 shows a month.
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