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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  • T.J. Garrison

    T.J. Garrison Tennessee

    Fine picking folks fine. Thanks T.J., appreciate it. Marteka and William

    Fine picking folks fine.

    Thanks T.J., appreciate it. Marteka and William

  • Cecil

    Cecil roaring river nc

    just Awesome keep playing and have fun. https://www.facebook.com/MerleFest Check out this link it a large music fest that last for four days on the campus of Wilkes Comm. College each year in the spring in memory of merle waston, A local man who loved bluegrass. Thanks Cecil, maybe one day we can play at MerleFest, Marteka and William.

    just Awesome keep playing and have fun. https://www.facebook.com/MerleFest Check out this link it a large music fest that last for four days on the campus of Wilkes Comm. College each year in the spring in memory of merle waston, A local man who loved bluegrass.

    Thanks Cecil, maybe one day we can play at MerleFest, Marteka and William.

  • Kathy Krug

    Kathy Krug Northern Wisconsin, (Cameron)

    You have a great style, and much like Flatt and Scruggs---just as you say! William you have Lester's voice, and his inflections! Hard to do, and you're so good at pickin' that guitar. And Marteka has Earl's style down pat. You'll go a long way if you keep up the traditional style..looking forward to watching you grow, and sharing more clips on Facebook! Thanks so much Kathy, Marteka and William

    You have a great style, and much like Flatt and Scruggs---just as you say! William you have Lester's voice, and his inflections! Hard to do, and you're so good at pickin' that guitar. And Marteka has Earl's style down pat. You'll go a long way if you keep up the traditional style..looking forward to watching you grow, and sharing more clips on Facebook!

    Thanks so much Kathy, Marteka and William

  • Bushnell's

    Bushnell's Walkertown, North Carolina

    Met these youngin's in Summersville, West Virginia. Very impressed with their pure bluegrass music. Love you both :) Thanks Bushnell's. Glad you got to hear us and hope that we get to meet up again sometime--Marteka and William

    Met these youngin's in Summersville, West Virginia. Very impressed with their pure bluegrass music. Love you both smile

    Thanks Bushnell's. Glad you got to hear us and hope that we get to meet up again sometime--Marteka and William

  • Renee and Dusty

    Renee and Dusty Jerry Run

    Nice website and great video and music! You both are doing a great job and we enjoy hearing your music; we know great things are in store! See you at Holly River Festival Aug. 31 - Sept. 1. Thanks Renee and Dusty--Marteka and William

    Nice website and great video and music! You both are doing a great job and we enjoy hearing your music; we know great things are in store! See you at Holly River Festival Aug. 31 - Sept. 1.

    Thanks Renee and Dusty--Marteka and William

  • Allen Hamrick

    Allen Hamrick summersville wv

    Hi you guys know i think your great so happy for you . I hope the very best for both of you! Thanks Allen--Marteka and William

    Hi
    you guys know i think your great so happy for you .

    I hope the very best for both of you!

    Thanks Allen--Marteka and William

  • peggy

    peggy Wadsworth Ohio

    Congratulations I'm very proud of you.! Peggy:) Thanks Peggy--Marteka and William

    Congratulations I'm very proud of you.!

    Peggysmile

    Thanks Peggy--Marteka and William

  • Steve Acree

    Steve Acree Summersville WV

    Youguys already know I love your music and watching you perform,I just want to add that Iam so happy for you kids that you are getting well earned notice from the industry..Kudos to your parents for all the love,hard work and I'm sure sacrifices,that it has taken to get you where you are today.Good Luck and best wishes! Thanks Steve--Marteka and William

    Youguys already know I love your music and watching you perform,I just want to add that Iam so happy for you kids that you are getting well earned notice from the industry..Kudos to your parents for all the love,hard work and I'm sure sacrifices,that it has taken to get you where you are today.Good Luck and best wishes!

    Thanks Steve--Marteka and William