About Marteka and William

Marteka and William are rapidly making a name for themselves in the bluegrass music business; appearing with such people as J D Crowe on the "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour", in Lexington, KY. This was aired nationally on PBS and Blue Highways TV, which went into over 90 million homes in America and was broadcasted into 170 countries on the radio.
 
They have also played on the second longest running radio show in America, The Wheeling Jamboree USA". They first appeared on the Wheeling Jamboree with Buddy Griffin, and later went back to play their own show. Mr. Griffin said, "Rarely have I seen kids so young with so much talent".

They have also opened up for Melvin Goins of the Goins Brothers at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, WV. Mr. Goins said, "That is some of the smoothest, purest bluegrass I have heard in my 60 years of playing". Marteka also earlier this year entered in the WV State Banjo contest where she placed 2nd place. They have also won numerous other contests.

"The best young talent to come along in all my years of playing bluegrass", Raymond Fairchild.

They have also been endorsed by a national banjo company Stelling Banjos. Geoff Stelling, owner of Stelling Banjos built her a one of a kind stelling banjo, and in her honor named the model after her...The Marteka Challenge. At 15-years-old this is an outstanding accomplishment for Marteka and William.

They have appeared on the cover of Banjo Newsletter.  

They have also appeared in Bluegrass Unlimited representing Stelling Banjos.  

 Wheeling Jamboree USA
(excerpt from a "Thank You" letter from The Wheeling Jamboree to Mr. and Mrs. Lake)

"Your performance is now a part of the legacy that the Jamboree represents to our nation and our states musical heritage that we are so proud of. I would like to express my excitement and delight to each of you, in the direction and steps that Marteka and William have taken in delivering such a high level of performance at such a young season in their musical lives."

President - Executive Producer Wheeling Jamboree, Inc.
The Second Longest Running Weekly Radio Program and Country Music Stage Show in America!

"We look forward to when we can schedule your next appearance"

 

 

 

 


 What an honor to play with the legendary JD Crowe.
Just finished taping a show at Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY for PBS and BlueHighways TV
 

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  • Janet

    Janet Taylorsville, N.C.

    For years, I have been Looking for a Unique Band, that had a style all their own. A Friend of mine, Roy- from my Hometown introduced me to a couple of your videos and I was absolutely blown away with Marteka and William's performance. Since then, I am so Thankful that there are a couple of Young talented performers that are doing just that. It's like a Breath of Fresh Air. Of course, it's only been so recent that I got to be introduced to your videos but, I'm so thrilled. I wish you both the Best. There is no doubt that you both have your Future mapped out. There is no doubt that You will definitely go all the way because there is none out there quite as good as you two. I sure hope to have the opportunity to see you all perform live some day. Thanks for doing all You Do!!! This is one Happy Fan.

    For years, I have been Looking for a Unique Band, that had a style all their own. A Friend of mine, Roy- from my Hometown introduced me to a couple of your videos and I was absolutely blown away with Marteka and William's performance. Since then, I am so Thankful that there are a couple of Young talented performers that are doing just that. It's like a Breath of Fresh Air. Of course, it's only been so recent that I got to be introduced to your videos but, I'm so thrilled. I wish you both the Best. There is no doubt that you both have your Future mapped out. There is no doubt that You will definitely go all the way because there is none out there quite as good as you two. I sure hope to have the opportunity to see you all perform live some day. Thanks for doing all You Do!!! This is one Happy Fan.

  • Roy Allen Fields

    Roy Allen Fields Newport News, Va.

    WOW!! You guys are awesome!!

    WOW!! You guys are awesome!!

  • Laurie Charles Gauvin

    Laurie Charles Gauvin Massachusetts

    Just wanted to let you all know, Friend's from Australia, England, and Canada, have praised your style, of Bluegrass, the way it is played, A great Revival...

    Just wanted to let you all know, Friend's from Australia, England, and Canada, have praised your style, of Bluegrass, the way it is played, A great Revival...

  • H. Barkhof

    H. Barkhof The Netherlands

    I love listening to your music! Bluegrass as it should be played !!! Great !

    I love listening to your music!
    Bluegrass as it should be played !!! Great !

  • virgil watts/ virgil country

    virgil watts/ virgil country longview texas

    just wanted to drop by and say hi and hello to you 2 and your family there Marteka and William, keep that old style bluegrass music coming........love ya'll stuff.........virgil

    just wanted to drop by and say hi and hello to you 2 and your family there Marteka and William, keep that old style bluegrass music coming........love ya'll stuff.........virgil

  • Richard J.Gladney

    Richard J.Gladney Ireland

    Bluegrass as it should be played !!! Fantastic.

    Bluegrass as it should be played !!! Fantastic.

  • Mike Berry

    Mike Berry Rye East Sussex UK

    Absolutely stunning, when are you going to tour the UK?

    Absolutely stunning, when are you going to tour the UK?

  • Jeff

    Jeff Ohio

    Best of Luck in your adventures and keeping Bluegrass Alive!!!

    Best of Luck in your adventures and keeping Bluegrass Alive!!!

  • Zeb South

    Zeb South Dayton, OH

    You guys sound amazing. Was so happy to stumble across your clip of wreck of the old 97. Great singing, hot licks on the banjo! Keep up that traditional sound! Would love to pick with you all someday

    You guys sound amazing. Was so happy to stumble across your clip of wreck of the old 97. Great singing, hot licks on the banjo! Keep up that traditional sound! Would love to pick with you all someday

  • sverre jan andersen

    sverre jan andersen forsand Norway

    fantastic. love to hear them, great blugrass from so young singers

    fantastic. love to hear them, great blugrass from so young singers