Donald Me & Martha Resume
| Me & Martha - National treasures of America's Mountain Music
The internationally acclaimed duo Martha Hills and Don DePoy have been performing together since 2005 as Me & Martha. They are members of America's Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame, perform over 250 concerts a year and tirelessly promote the music of the Shenandoah Valley. Originally from Timberville, Don was born into a musical family and is a 5th generation music maker. In 1940, capturing the American experience, Alan Lomax, recorded several of his family members and friends. These recordings are part of the National Folk Music Archives at the Library of Congress. Don is recognized as a master multi-instrumentalist. He plays banjo, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, Dobro and mountain dulcimer. He won 1st place in dulcimer at the 2017 Galax Fiddlers Convention Contest. He is a college professor holding a PhD specializing in America music and teaches at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. Originally from Belfast, a coastal Maine community, Martha is a professional teacher with a background in early childhood education. She fronts the duo, sings and plays the upright bass.
What others are saying about Me & Martha
Eddie & Martha Adcock, Nashville, TN
“We believe that Donald DePoy and Martha Hills are keepers of the flame of ‘real' music. Whatever they do, they do with their whole hearts! We, with unreserved enthusiasm, support their music endeavors”.
Jon Spear, Central Virginia Blues Society, Charlottesville, VA
“Don DePoy is a treasure trove of musical memorabilia -- not only is he a great teller of stories from personal experience but his musical talents are exceptional and endlessly entertaining. He can pick the “heck” out of anything with strings and put a smile on your face at the same time. Teamed with the beautiful Martha Hills and her big doghouse bass, these two play Americana music at its best. Don and Martha have breathed new life into the music presented by the Shenandoah Music Trail program and helped preserve its status as a ‘must see' part of music appreciation in our region.”
Steve Mandell (Dueling Banjos), Owings Mills, MD
“I first met Martha and Don as hosts at a Shenandoah Valley bluegrass jam and was immediately impressed by their musicianship and singing. However, what really impressed me was their presence. They instantly just make everyone feel at ease and welcome. Don's thumb-picking style guitar playing is the best I have ever heard. Don is a master bluegrass banjoist. Martha's infectious smile can brighten the darkest corners. Her on-stage banter with Don entertains and delights audiences of every age. Me & Martha, a top notch touring duo, is family entertainment at its best.”
Ralph Lee Smith, Performer, Author and Music Historian, Reston, VA
“Don DePoy and Martha Hills are national treasures of America's Mountain Music. They bring to their audiences their own unique blend of an immense repertoire of old songs and tunes, exciting performance skills, and a near-magical ability to combine education and fun.”
Updated: May 13, 2018
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