Meet the Band

The Mink Hills Band is a New Hampshire based acoustic band whose selection of music includes Bluegrass, Swing, Folk, and Original compositions. The stylistic range of material provides for an interesting and varied musical experience.

Valerie Blachly

Vocals / Upright Bass

Valerie has been performing for years, most notably with the swing trio “Sweet Hot and Sassy”, “Swing A Cat” and currently with “Honest Millie”, a group of talented women playing and singing Jazz from the 30’s and 40’s She has five recordings to her credit, one of which is all original children’s songs.

Peter Leavenworth

 Vocals / Banjo / Dobro / Pedal Steel Guitar

Peter has performed for the past 40 years with such bands as Lunch at the Dump, Second hand Rose, The Electric caves, The Spud Cannons, and Acoustic Radio.

Ted Blachly

Vocals / Guitar

Ted is known widely as the man who married his wife because she had a Martin guitar… (After 40 years the Martin still works and so does she)…He has been playing both professionally and for “pure fun” since the early 70”s. He also is a song writer for the group.

Jim Barthelemy

Vocals / Mandolin

Jim also played with Lunch at the Dump. An accomplished and inventive instrumentalist he is remarkably also a nice guy. He has been composing music for the Mandolin and writing songs the group for the past ten years.

Matt Leavenworth


Matt is a celebrated musician from New Hampshire and a veteran of the rich music scene in New England. An award-winning fiddler, he is also a three-time winner of the Boston Music awards with the Bands- Boogaloo Swamis and John Lincoln Wright. His fiddle and guitar work has taken him around the globe too- literally, from Singapore to the French Riviera to the hillbilly Riviera and more. He now lives in Madbury NH.