Don was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia and in his youth lived in and around Staunton, Virginia. He enjoys among other things, skiing, flying, sailing, biking, hiking, making music and most of all being with Martha and spending time with family and friends. His gift is teaching. From the early age of 15 he exchanged guitar lessons for flying lessons. As a US Coast Guard licensed Captain holding a 100Ton Near Coastal Master License, Don taught courses for the American BoatSchool and private sailing lessons. As a college educator since 1970, Don has taught a variety of classes from photography to Master's level classes in E-commerce. His complete resume is HERE.
Don DePoy is a master musician on several stringed instruments, with an inventiveness that is a rarity, even among the great traditional musicians. In 1957 at age eight, he became a regular member of his father’s band, The Mountain Music Makers. The band's name changed to Carl & Don: The Skyline Pals when Don's mother, Euva joined the group in 1962. As a 5th generation musician originally from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he continues to play the music of his Appalachian roots. He is an accomplished bluegrass banjoist and “thumb-picking” guitar player and has appeared as a featured performer at the Philadelphia Folk/Bluegrass Festival as well as appeared on numerous recordings and performances throughout the United States and abroad. Don was the executive producer for Mainely Bluegrass, a 26-part TV series airing over public television in New England. He has been on faculty for over 20 years, holds a M.Ed. in social science and a Ph.D. in popular culture and American music. Don scholarly interests include: adventure therapy, social class theory, and of course American roots music. He most recently taught in the Sociology/Anthropology department at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Currently Don teaches adjunct in the Music Department at Eastern Mennonite University.
More about Don HERE
Martha Hills is one of 10 children and grew up in Maine on a farm just outside of Belfast. Her love of outdoors and nature is central to her being. Most of the time you will find Martha either in her flower gardens, taking a spin biking, sliding down the ski slopes, out walking in the woods, boating or cooking up a storm. Her adventuresome spirit has taken her many places from boy scouting in the table lands of Newfoundland and Labrador to the Galapagos Islands swimming with turtles.
Martha has devoted her life to helping others and has spent most of her career working in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she is working as a certified MusikGarten teacher at EMUniversity. She has worked as faculty at a private school as a pre-k-3 teacher and finds joy in the wide-eyed curiosity of children. Martha’s love for life and her knack to make folks feel right at home make her a delight to be around.
She fell in love with acoustic roots music in the early 1990’s and has been playing up-right bass since 2002. Her bass playing provides a solid bottom for Me & Martha’s musical excursions. Martha’s love of life and her effervescent semblance and infectious smile are delightful as she sings lead, harmony and adds quips to the performance. More about Martha HERE
Martha's resume is HERE as a word.doc
A brochure for more about Martha HERE
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