As of January 1, 2018 Martha has officially booked 86 concerts. Over the next several weeks, we will have most of our calendar filled in for 2018. We are continuing our efforts to bring music making to everyone. Our Ukulele program is expanding to include Senior Living Centers as well as Children residing in Homeless Shelters. We are preparing a 2018 Capital Campaign to raise funds to purchase more Ukuleles for distribution. We are revising Don’s Music Maker’s Guide for the 3rd edition adding more extensive information for playing backup and lead beyond the root position and a DVD and on-line book available.
Using Martha’s home town Belfast, Maine as home port, Last Summer we spent 3 months touring New England. For 2018 we are making similar plans and establishing more locations to perform. This is great opportunity to bring Me & Martha to your area. Just let us know where and we will work out a when.
Keeping Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music Making Alive...
2018 Bookings now open!
We are EXCITED to be booking 2018 and will have most of our scheduling set by end of February. We have 2018 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.
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Me & Martha
High Note for 2017 - 257 performances
Well it's official! At the end of 2017 we will have performed 257 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
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.
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