What would you call a person who is on a first name basis with almost all of the major folk musicians in the North American continent, who has an astounding grasp of the folk music genre both past and present, who manages to be a husband, father, teacher, writer, and excellent folk music performer? The answer, of course, is Matt Watroba.
Matt brings a very special set of talents to the stage whenever he appears as a folk musician. His excellent guitar playing, mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Add to that Matt’s own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening evening. You will feel his obvious love of folk music, both traditional and contemporary--the writers and performers, the heroes and villains. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and every day living. He sings songs that you will feel and remember for a long time. You will love his music, you will love the journey that his music takes you on, and you will love the place that his music takes you to.
Matt was awarded "Best Overall Folk Performer" by the Detroit Music Awards for the year 2000, and his long list of credits include the prestigious Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Detroit 300 celebration, The Ark, the Spirit of the Woods Festival, the New Jersey Folk Weekend, Louisville’s Kentucky Music Weekend, the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, the Fox Valley Folk Festival,and hundreds of school and community presentations throughout the Great Lakes Region. He has shared the stage with some of our greatest performers, including Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Shawn Colvin, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow, and Richard Thompson.
Matt was formerly the radio host for "Folks Like Us," a position he held for over 20 years on WDET-FM (Detroit). He then served as Producer/Announcer at WKSU FolkAlley.com at Kent State University for four years. Matt is now back in Michigan and deeply involved in the community singing movement. Learn more at his Community Sings blog.