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. 
Best to keep up with us on FaceBook 
Don DePoy 
Martha Hills 
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

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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 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.

2018 Is shaping up to be a Great Year 

       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.

Been a GREAT Start for 2017 

We are continuing our Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts visiting communities in SW Virginia, NW Virginia, Eastern Shore, and South Side.  We are bringing live music to the poorest counties in Virginia to the poorest residents.  Our Children's Uke Project has stalled a bit waiting for a back-order of 25 ukes, expected in early March.  And the best news!!!  We are spending Late May to Mid-September in Maine. Visiting family and friends and playing as much music as we can. 

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

 

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Previous events

Jan3

Me & Martha

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Various

January 2018 Staunton, VA Roanoke, VA Richmond, VA February 2018 Harrisonburg, VA Richmond March 2018 Staunton, VA Charlottesville, VA Roanoke, VA Richmond, VA April 2018 TBA May 2018 Roanoke, VA Staunton, VA Charlottesville, VA Harrisburg, PA Allentown, PA Worcester, MA Belfast, ME

Me & Martha in Maine

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Belfast, Maine

Come visit us in Maine and Pick a few tunes or have a lobster or two.

Me & Martha - IN MAINE

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Belfast, Maine

Martha and Don will be in Belfast, ME for the Summer aboard Rosie.

Feb27

Me & Martha

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various 5-gigs, Eastern Shore, VA

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