Folk Music

Debut: Folk with Matt Watroba

Oct 1, 2017
portrait: Matt Watroba
Courtesy / Matt Watroba

On the debut broadcast of Folk with Matt Watroba, Matt brings us Michigan favorites Joel Mabus, Kitty Donohoe, Mustard's Retreat, Sally Rogers, and the Springtails; plus Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, and much more.

This week on Current State, reaction to a state inquiry being opened after a controversial Facebook post by Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. We'll talk with two students with family in hurricane damaged Puerto Rico. We'll visit a piece of Vietnam and American history at the Gerald Ford Presidential Center. Also, learn the connection between the opioid epidemic and rising levels of STD's. Learn why a wine expert from DeWitt is earning national attention. Plus, a sneak listen to three new shows coming to WKAR this fall.


Watroba to Host New Folk Music Radio Show

Sep 21, 2017
portrait: Matt Watroba
Courtesy / Matt Watroba

Matt Watroba and WKAR bring locally hosted folk, blues and bluegrass to Capital Region listeners. Sundays at 6pm beginning Oct. 1 on 90.5 FM

Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Another slate of Friday night folk music concerts begins tonight with the first Ten Pound Fiddle show of the season.

Kalamazoo Gals vintage photo
Courtesy photo / John Thomas

As men went off to fight in World War Two, their places in America’s factories were often taken by women. That’s what happened at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo. Author John Thomas will discuss his book on those women, “Kalamazoo Gals,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elderly Instruments in Old Town Lansing.  

Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-TV is working on an upcoming season of “Backstage Pass” programs. Top musicians perform live before an audience in the WKAR studios for the show.

A few days ago, Joshua Davis was here with his band.


Roxanne Frith

For a decade and a half, the Ten Pound Fiddle organization has been putting on the Midwinter Singing Festival. However, organizer Sally Potter says that for this year’s shindig at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, it’s a bit of a two-for-one deal.