Matt Watroba: Song--Story--Inspiration!


Matt Watroba is first and foremost a community singer. He has the knack for picking the perfect songs and stories for the audience in front of him. In concert, at a festival, in a library, in a school, or in the park, you can count on a performance that will get you singing, make you laugh, and leave you feeling a little bit better about the world we live in. Matt also works with award winning performer Rev. Robert Jones, presenting educational programs that celebrate diversity through the roots and branches of American folk music.

Click here to find a monthly community sing in the Detroit area!

Click here to find a monthly community sing in the Detroit area!

"This is what folk should be."
--Detroit Free Press

"Matt Watroba is one of those singers songwriters live for. He has terrific taste in music. possesses an outstanding voice and the ability to not only perform beautifully, but to teach audiences the songs as he sings them."

Christine Lavin


“You were wonderful! Your music and messages were just what our students needed to hear. You clearly know how to work with and relate to young people.”   

--Kathleen Kryza--Huron Valley Schools

"Matt is a perceptive and able teacher as well as a warm, supportive person. He showed us the how of community singing and the doing of it. Matt was adept at picking out teaching moments without any kind of judgement applied."

--Unsolicited comment from a student at the Swannanoa Gathering

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Previous events


FARM (Folk Alliance Regional Midwest)

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Sheraton Hotel Iowa City, Iowa City, Iowa

This wonderful organization is giving me the Lantern Bearer award this year. I will hang out all weekend to play, accept the award and hang out with this great community!


Evart Folk Festival

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Evart Folk Festival, Evart, MI

I love this annual event! with Anne Hills, Robert Jones, Red Tail Ring, and White Water (Dean and Bette Premo) Join us the night before for a campfire sing!



Community Sing/Live Recording

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The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI

Come celebrate The Ark's 50th anniversary with a BIG community sing. Only $5.00 to join the choir and be part of my next CD! You won't want to miss this one!



Woodstock Folk Festival

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Woodstock Square, Woodstock, Illinois

Main Stage Performers are Ellen Bukstel, Peter Mulvey, Mustard's Retreat, Danny Santos, Sons of the Never Wrong, Spuyten Duyvil and Matt Watroba.



The Swannanoa Gathering-Traditional Song Week

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Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

A full week of teaching classes, performing, and community singing. Words cannot express how much I love doing this every year. Treat yourself!


Old Songs Festival

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Altamont Fair Grounds, 100 Main St, Altamont, NY

Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three concerts there are 120 daytime workshops given by performers. Also featured are a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area.


Bluesky Folk Festival

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East Shore U.U. Church, Kirtland, OH

This is a wonderful all-day festival with lots of opportunities to participate and jam. I will do the early set and M.C. throughout the day!