Me & Martha back in Belfast

May 31, 2018
Me & Martha

Belfast — City native Martha Hills and her husband Don DePoy, touring as Me & Martha, will perform once again in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Wednesday, June 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

During their free concert, Hills and DePoy will share their love of music and life. As always, this will be an exciting homecoming as Me & Martha present new songs and stories from their past year of travel.

The duo first began performing together in Belfast in 2003. They draw on the rich music traditions of bluegrass, classic country, old-time string band, blues, rural swing and gospel. Now they are internationally celebrated touring entertainers with a solid musical reputation.

Me & Martha are members of America’s Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame and are on the artist rosters of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Young Audiences of Virginia.  Working mostly along the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to South Carolina, they perform an average of 250 concerts a year and assiduously promote the music of the Shenandoah Valley. They also conduct slow-jams and music making workshops teaching musicians and children how to play well with others.

Originally from Timberville, Va., DePoy was born into a musical family and is a fifth-generation mountain music maker. In 1940, Alan Lomax recorded several of his family members and friends, recordings that are part of the National Folk Music Archives at the Library of Congress. A master multi-instrumentalist, DePoy plays banjo, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, dobro and mountain dulcimer. Hills is a professional teacher with a background in early childhood education. She fronts the duo, sings and plays the upright bass.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 338-3884.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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