Inductees into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame
Me & Martha
Press Release September 4, 2005
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Maine Musicians inducted into the Hall of Fame
(Anita , Iowa )
Bob Everhart, president of the National Traditional Country Music Association announced the induction of Don DePoy & Martha Hills of Belfast , Maine into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame at the 30th Annual Old Time Country and Bluegrass Music Festival in Missouri Valley , Iowa . Don & Martha performing as Me & Martha , enjoy the distinction of being the first Maine residents to be included as part of this elite group of rural music makers dedicated to America ’s rural roots music.
The plaque Me & Martha received bares this inscription:
America ’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame is proud to induct Me & Martha In accordance with the by-laws of the National Traditional Country Music Association, Inc., and the wishes of its membership, this honor is bestowed with humility and pride, as we recognize the significant contributions made by this inductee in the preservation, promotion, and performance of traditional country music, locally, nationally, and internationally. Made this Day of our Lord, September 4, 2005 , at the 30 th National Old Time Music Festival, Missouri Valley , Iowa before thousands of likeminded people.
Founded in 1976 and located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita , Iowa , the America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame honors those individuals which have recognized stature and dedicated involvement within traditional country, bluegrass, or old-time music communities. The Hall of Fame not only honors performers, but also recognizes those that have written, broadcast, promoted, produced, supported, and promulgated American roots music.
To be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame , the potential inductee must be nominated by someone already in the Hall of Fame. Nominations are processed by the National Traditional Country Music Association, approved, and finally the nominee is notified. A special induction ceremony is held the day before Labor Day, each year at the Missouri Valley Festival. There, before thousands of approving fans gathered to witness the event, they are honored by their fans and peers, and officially inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame .
Don is a 5th generation traditional musician originally from Virginia ’s Shenandoah Valley . In 1957, at age eight, he became a regular member of his father’s band, The Mountain Music Makers and continues to play the music of his Appalachian roots. He is an accomplished bluegrass banjoist and traditional “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 performed 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 holds a Ph.D. in Popular Culture and American Music writes on the subject of bluegrass music and is on faculty at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Martha Hills is a full fledged card carrying Maineiac and grew up on a farm just outside of Belfast . She fell in love with acoustic roots music in the early 1990’s and her up-right 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 adds quips and occasional lead vocal and harmonies to the performance. Martha also acts as booking agent and publicist for their performances.
Me & Martha approach their music making with passion and unabashed enthusiasm. Their stage rapport with each other and the excitement brought to every song are captivating as they take their listeners on a musical journey. For the most part the music played is anywhere from 30 to 300 years old and often tell about the many untold stories of life. Some songs are peppy and happy whilst others tell of human weakness and tragedy. Their music represents songs from the Appalachian regions, folk, old time country and bluegrass standards, roots music from rural America and an occasional sea shanty. The selections and simple arrangements of the material compel the audience to become absorbed in the music as each story unfolds. Me & Martha interlaces patterns of musical panache with subtle nuances to provide a glimpse into the world of the music makers. Martha and Don are married, live year round in Harrisonburg, Virginia and love to make and share their music. .
In 2005, Carl & Don: the Skyline Pals , featuring Don and his parents, Carl and Euva DePoy, was also inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. The Skyline Pals performed throughout the eastern United States from 1959 to 1988. The induction additionally included Don’s father, Carl DePoy into the Old Time Fiddler’s Hall of Fame.
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Carl & Don: The Skyline Pals & Euva, Don's mother with their Hall of Fame plaques.
Some older pictures of the Skyline Pals (circa 1964)
Left to right = Billy Hall, Don DePoy, Carl DePoy, Euva DePoy
Carl and Don - The Skline Pals 1964 recording Songs for Mom and Dad is now available on CD for $20.
Carl, Euva, and Don in the mid-1970's
The Skyline Pals is a family band and over the past 45+ years family members in the band have included:
Carl, Euva, and Don DePoy:
Carl C. DePoy = Carl's father
Marna DePoy Seal = Carl's sister
Thelma DePoy Richardson = Carl's sister
Merrill DePoy = Carl's brother
Eugene DePoy = Carl's brother
Gifford Pence = Carl's mother's sister's son
Sue Pence = Gifford's wife
Cathy Pence = Sue and Gifford's daughter
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