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Our CDs can all be purchased at itunes and our books and products can be purchased here. 
On the Road Home is our 1st CD and features 16 songs with vocals by Martha and Don. Don plays guitar, banjo, autoharp (not all at once) and Martha plays bass fiddle. Song selection includes classic country, folk and bluegrass songs, and two banjo and guitar instrumentals. 
Song List
Truck Driving Man
Head over Heels
Good Woman's Love
Possum Hollow
Mockingbird Hill
Over the Waterfalls (Instrumental)
Roseville Fair
Bridge Washed Out/Water Bound
Please Help Me I'm Falling
June Apple
All I Ever Loved
Same Old Man
Shenandoah Waltz
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
Arkansas Traveler (Instrumental)

For sample tracks and purchase click on the On the Road Home Cover.  The link takes you to i-tunes.
On the Road Home Song Book - So you can pick along with Me & Martha

Me & Martha's On the Road Home CD
20 page Booklet with all the Lyrics, 
Chord progressions, 
Nashville Chord Charts, 
How to use a Capo, 
Playing tips & more... 

Send $20 Check or Money order to: 
Me & Martha 
266 Inglewood Court 
McGaheysville, VA 22840

Our latest CD, Whispering Pines has ten tracks featuring original songs, swing standards, classic country, bluegrass, old-time string band and folk songs.  Songs included:
Hills Are Green (the grass is blue) (original) \
Blow Her Memory Away (original)
Red Wing Black Bird
Spring Time In Alaska
River of Jordan (original)
Making Believe
Little Liza Jane (instrumental)
You May Be A Rock Flower (original)
Whispering Pines (original)

Featured musicians and instrumentation include:
Don DePoy - Guitar, Banjo, Mt. Dulcimer, Vocals
Martha Hills - Bass, Vocals        
Randy Edwards - Mandolin, Vocals
Chris Sexton - Fiddle, Viola             
Phil Leadbetter - Resnophonic Guitar
Chris Yoder - Cello          
Joe Price - Ukulele

To preview tracks or purchase just click on the Whispering Pines Cover.

The Paddy Westers shanteying style is strongly influenced by the singing and music of Stan Hugill, the last shantyman from the end of the sailing age, at the beginning of the 20th century.  Hugill sang in the manner of the shanty men he served with and we strive to continue that tradition.  With percussive accentuation of the beat, created by yodel like “hitches”, yelps, and yells, our songs draw forth the bygone era of the great age of sail.  Singing and playing in the unabashed style associated with folk music, Strings and Things brings a rousing refreshing style to a music too long associated with pretty harmonies and subdued voices. 

Richard Burbank (concertina and button accordion) began to study sea shanties and sailor’s ballads in 1994.  Soon afterwards, beginning a tenure as cook on the Schooner Timberwind out of Camden, Maine,  he began developing his repertoire of sea songs over a five-year schooner cooking career.  Not only did he sing to entertain the passengers, but also utilized the sea shanties in their original context, as working songs to coordinate and ease the physical work raising anchor with a windlass or hauling at the halyards to raise sails. 
     In 1998, Richard produced The Shanty Chef, a CD of twenty sea shanties.  Joining him was a chorus of local Maine schooner crews.  He was one of two sea-music acts representing the United States at the Fete de Chansom de Marin 1999, a major sea-music festival on the north coast of Brittany in Paimpol, France.  During this festival Richard received the Capitaine Hayet Trophy for the best English language working shanty competition. 

Don DePoy (guitar and vocals) moved to Maine in 1989.  He continued his music endeavors in bluegrass: playing with several local bands, wrote and performed a two-act bluegrass play Roots & Branches, finished his doctoral studies, and served as Executive Producer for Mainely Bluegrass, a 26-part TV series airing over public television in New England.  In 1999, Don renewed his sailing life, earned his USCG Captain License.  During the Summer months, Don worked as a Charter Boat Captain aboard the sloop Gafia, sailing from Belfast Harbor, Maine.  He met Richard in 1999 and they started a life-long friendship.  They started playing together on the Belfast waterfront and the fusion of traditional sea shanties with mountain music led to gigs all around the Maine and New Hampshire coast.  Incidentally, Richard with a friend's help introduced Martha to Don in 2000.   Their debut CD was Cape Horn Gale in 2001.  In 2002, as the Paddy Westers, Richard and Don performed at the Mystic Sea Festival to an enthusiastic audience.  They continued to tour around New England until moved back to Virginia in 2006.  This CD showcases what they started calling SeaGrass.

Take heart - Lift up your voices and sing.

Songs include:
New York Gals  (sample clip below)
Strike the Bell  
10-Penny Bit (Instrumental) 
Cut Down in His Prime  
Do Me Ama  
Harp Without a Crown  
Stately Southern  
Drowsy Maggie (Instrumental)  (sample clip below)
High Barbary  
Down to Old Maui  
Chinese Bumboatman   (sample clip below)

Click Cape Horn Gale CD Cover for links to songs -  Link to  I-tunes

Music Maker's Guide
This book started out originally as a supplement to help my music students, move beyond the mechanics of their instruments and changing from one chord to another, and become a music makers.  If you are a post-beginning/intermediate musician and you desire to move away from tablature/chord charts, realizing that even when you play all the right notes it still does not seem quite right, the information in the Music Maker's Guide is for you.  My goal is to make pickers better music makers and that begins with understanding of some music theory, making music by ear, developing your own playing style, and learning the fundamentals of making music with others. 

A Little Music Theory but not enough to mess up your playing
7 Common Chord Progressions in Bluegrass, Country, and Folk Music - with CD for examples
Transposing from One Key to Another
Use of a Capo
Beginning Runs & Playing Back-up
Jam Session Etiquette
Over 100 Bluegrass Songs with Chords

Here's a Sample Page you may find useful for Key transposing and using a capo.

Ordering Information 
Send $27 Check or Money order to:  
Me & Martha  
1617 Parkersburg Turnpike
Swoope, VA 24479

Songs to Lift Your Spirits is an 8-1/2" x 11 spiral bond book which Includes:
36 songs listed below with Lyrics & chord progressions
Comprehensive Slow-Jam CD with 16 songs
7 Common Chord Progressions  
Nashville Chord Charts  
How to Use a Capo  
Playing Tips & More....

Ordering Information
Send $17 Check or Money order to: 
Me & Martha 
1617 Parkersburg Turnpike
Swoope, VA 24479

List of Songs
Amazing Grace (CD)
Angel Band
Beautiful Life (CD)
Church in the Wildwood
Crossing the Bar
Crying Holy Unto the Lord (CD)
Darkest Hour is Just before Dawn
Down in the Valley to Pray
Family Bible (CD)
Farther Along
Green Pastures
Hard Times Come Again No More
House of Gold (CD)
I Can’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (CD)
I Saw the Light (CD)
I’ll Be Somewhere Listening (CD)
I’ll Fly Away (CD)
I’m Using My Bible for a Road Map (CD)
Keep on the Sunny Side
Life is Like a Mountain Railroad
Old Country Church (CD)
Precious Memories
Rank Stranger
Sin City
Somebody Touched Me (CD)
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
This Little Light of Mine
Three Men on a Mountain (CD)
Way Beyond the Blue
Wayfaring Stranger
What a Friend We Have in Jesus (CD)
When you kneel at Mother's grave
White Dove
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Will There Be Any Stars (CD)
You Go to Your Church (and I’ll go to mine) (CD)

In winter of 1964 over the holiday break,  Carl (Don's father), Euva (Don's mother), Billy Hall (dear family friend), and Don ventured to Boston to make a recording at the Ace Recording Studios.  The record was released in Europe but never released in the United States until Don gained access to the masters in 1973.  Under his now fledgling Skyline Records, Songs for Mom and Dad was released as DD104.  We now offer a CD version of what has now become an historic recording of Shenandoah Valley Mountain Music.

Songs include:

Will the circle be unbroken 
I'll fly away 
Letter edged in black 
When you kneel at Mother's grave 
Rocking alone in the old rocking chair 
Shake hands with Mother again 
Mother's not dead 
Precious memories 
If I could hear my mother pray again 
21 years 
Picture on the wall 
Those brown eye

For sample tracks and purchase click on the Songs for Mom and Dad  Cover. 
The link takes you to I-Tunes.