Posted by depoyd on Monday, January 27, 2014
For those who keep track on Me & Martha - We finished out 2013 with a total of 264 (paying) concerts and Martha has already booked almost 200 for 2014. And we are hosting a new weekly jam... We are also trying to post more jam lessons to BH as we can find time --- We pick: Therefore we ;-) ;-)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Elkton)
Bluegrass Jam Sessions at Elkton Community Center
The Elkton Bluegrass Jam Sessions are held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm starting January 14th running to May 13th, 2014. The Jams are held at Elkton Community Center at 20592 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton. The return of a regular public music jam in Elkton will bring back a town tradition that dates back many generations. The music includes: bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and traditional country music. The Jams are sponsored by the Elkton Community Center and the Shenandoah Music Trail. The acoustic Jams are free and open to the public. Listeners as well as pickers of all ages and abilities are welcome. There is no dress code, so just come as you are! Serving as hosts for the jam are Don DePoy and Martha Hills. Both are active in the Valley’s music community, perform internationally as Me & Martha and promote music making throughout the country. For more information call 540-209-3540 or the Elkton Community Center 540-298-8730.
What is a music jam session? It’s the creation of instant performing art. Typically musicians, young and old come together, take turns around the circle and play a variety of songs. These songs include instrumental pieces with individual solo breaks and bluegrass, traditional country or gospel songs often sung in 3-part harmony. These weekly jams are the bread and butter of a Shenandoah Valley music heritage that dates back to the 1730s. Like its Jazz cousin, the practice of creating music by ear without written notation has been going on in the valleys, mountains, garages and front porches for many generations. In spite of today’s instant communication, family-oriented music jams perpetuate an oral music tradition that keeps the music fresh and alive for others to enjoy for generations to come.
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