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Matt Roach / Bio

Well, here's where I tell you a little bit about myself. At least the things I'm not too embarrassed to admit. I will do my best to be truthful. You won't find any "beefed up" resumes here. So, you won't hear me say I played the Super Bowl halftime show or had an audience with the Pope. Unless, of course, those events take place. So, here it goes. I began as a quasi-comedian. When I was 15 years old I started the sketch comedy group "Jim's Prom Picture Inc." It was like Saturday Night Live but, funny!!! During the next 8 years the group played all over the Philadelphia area. We played the Walnut St. Theater, Shubin Theater, Brick Playhouse, Chez Labelle, Club HP, Actors Playhouse at the Bourse, etc. The etc. includes all the old age home and record stores we played. Over the 8 years I wrote and directed over 200 sketches. During this time I began writing comedy songs to perform, along with the sketches. After the sketch group ended in 1997, I started to concentrate on writing music. I kept writing and, now, I have over 500 songs. Some funny, some sad, some fast, some slow. But, each is definitely original. I won't play any cover songs. I never taught myself any because the original artist would perform the song much better then I ever could. I have been fortunate enough to perform on a regular basis for many years. I’ve played over 250 shows throughout the East Coast. I have received radio play in the U.S. and Europe. I have opened for Hamell on Trial, Steve Poltz (twice), Steve Forbert, Asylum Street Spankers, Peter Tork from the Monkees, UK legends The Alarm and opened three times for Marshall Crenshaw. I have released seven cd's since 2005, including a double Holiday cd. My most recent album is called "Burning Bridges on Memory Lane" released in 2012. My live shows are always fun experiences. I love interacting with the audience. I like keeping them guessing by switching my songs from happy to sad and, then, back again.

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Matt Roach- You Name It
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Matt Roach
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Folk / Folk Rock / Comedy

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Philadelphia, PA