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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  • Uncle buck

    Uncle buck Stow, Ohio

    You guys are fantastic! I'm banjo picker myself but I would take a back seat to Marteka.

    You guys are fantastic! I'm banjo picker myself but I would take a back seat to Marteka.

  • fatjacktooley

    fatjacktooley Boone Co. WV

    Thx again for the pic at walmart parking lot friday,,, hope you all made it up to Chicago safely,,, have fun..... might try to drop in at the Floyd, VA show, or maybe at Maggie Valley..... take care.....

    Thx again for the pic at walmart parking lot friday,,, hope you all made it up to Chicago safely,,, have fun..... might try to drop in at the Floyd, VA show, or maybe at Maggie Valley..... take care.....

  • Dennis Barley

    Dennis Barley Denver, CO

    There is a certain woody galloping sound in Earl Scruggs' playing that has always been my favorite banjo sound. I hear that in Marteka's playing like I haven't heard since Earl himself. Very nice!

    There is a certain woody galloping sound in Earl Scruggs' playing that has always been my favorite banjo sound. I hear that in Marteka's playing like I haven't heard since Earl himself. Very nice!

  • Charlie Fultz

    Charlie Fultz Dayton ohio

    Just wanted to say how great that it is to see young musicians as yourself carrying on the Traditional Bluegrass sound. I have been pickin it for 42 years and I just love it and so glad that there is talent that is still going to keep it original. You two are definitely going to go places. You have a great original sound and you can tell that you really love what you are doing. May the Good Lord bless you and guide you down the path that He has laid out for you. Keep up the great work I really enjoy your music.

    Just wanted to say how great that it is to see young musicians as yourself carrying on the Traditional Bluegrass sound. I have been pickin it for 42 years and I just love it and so glad that there is talent that is still going to keep it original. You two are definitely going to go places. You have a great original sound and you can tell that you really love what you are doing. May the Good Lord bless you and guide you down the path that He has laid out for you. Keep up the great work I really enjoy your music.

  • Jay Pecquay

    Jay Pecquay Dublin, Ireland

    get your bluegrass arses over to Europe pronto - so brilliant!!

    get your bluegrass arses over to Europe pronto - so brilliant!!

  • Julia perry

    Julia perry Jensen Beach FL

    My CD's arrived and I'm just thrilled beyond words. I'm dusting my dulcimer off to play John Henry with my new CD. Thank you

    My CD's arrived and I'm just thrilled beyond words. I'm dusting my dulcimer off to play John Henry with my new CD. Thank you

  • Dana Emmette

    Dana Emmette Perry Fl.

    Just ordered my copy of the new Gospel CD Looking forward to it!! Might I ask you to autograph it please. Thanks. :)

    Just ordered my copy of the new Gospel CD
    Looking forward to it!! Might I ask you to autograph it please. Thanks. smile

  • Sheila

    Sheila Delaware

    I would like to see a post where they are from something about the whole family a little story how they got started.

    I would like to see a post where they are from something about the whole family a little story how they got started.

  • Shellie

    Shellie Oak Hill, WV

    Just got turned on to your music, and I'm blown away!! Y'all are definitely some of the most talented people (of any age) that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to!! Used to frequent the bluegrass festivals years back, and I've had the pleasure of listening to a lot of people play and sing. There is a quality about the BOTH of you that is unmatched, and you have so many years to develop and grow in your musical career. I can't wait to see how y'all evolve and grow as performers!!! Come play down here near Oak Hill, and you best believe I will carry my bones out to watch!!

    Just got turned on to your music, and I'm blown away!! Y'all are definitely some of the most talented people (of any age) that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to!! Used to frequent the bluegrass festivals years back, and I've had the pleasure of listening to a lot of people play and sing. There is a quality about the BOTH of you that is unmatched, and you have so many years to develop and grow in your musical career. I can't wait to see how y'all evolve and grow as performers!!! Come play down here near Oak Hill, and you best believe I will carry my bones out to watch!!

  • Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Anderson, SC and been around a bit

    Great talent; love your music. When will the Grand Ol' Oprey yank you guys on its stage?

    Great talent; love your music. When will the Grand Ol' Oprey yank you guys on its stage?