Each and every week I send out an e-mail to all of my students listing my upcoming classes, jams, workshops, etc. If you would like to be added to my e-mail list and receive my weekly updates, or have any questions whatsoever about my teaching, please e-mail me at tonywatt@gmail.com.


About Tony Watt:

IBMA and SPBGMA award-winning flatpicking guitarist and mandolinist Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States and Europe, on the Grand Ole Opry, and beyond. His performance and jamming videos on YouTube have over one million views, including his version of Cherokee Shuffle with Noam Pikelny and Andy Falco which has been viewed over 200,000 times. He has been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, and four separate times in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. Tony has toured with Nashville-based Cages Bend, east Tennessee-based Meridian, with Rounder Recording artist Alecia Nugent, with Leigh Gibson, guitarist for The Gibson Brothers, with Jenni Lyn Gardner, original mandolinist for Della Mae, and most recently with Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. Tony currently performs locally with his band, Southeast Expressway, as well as his Dad’s band, True Life Bluegrass. He is a graduate of Leadership Bluegrass, has served on the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Education Committee and the IBMA Board Selection Committee, and is currently the Vice President and Education Co-Director of the Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU).

Tony has taught bluegrass for over 20 years including as a Faculty Member within Berklee College of Music’s Five-Week Summer Program and as a visiting artist within Berklee’s prestigious American Roots Music Program. He was the Camp Coordinator for Ashokan’s First-Ever Bluegrass Camps and the Jam Coordinator and Beginner Track Coordinator for Guitar & Mandolin Camp North and Banjo Camp North. Tony also teaches courses in guitar, mandolin, harmony singing, and more for the BBU’s Bluegrass Academy, and was among the first group of teachers certified as a Wernick Method jamming class instructor. Tony has also taught workshops and Kids’ Academies at many bluegrass festivals including Grey Fox, Joe Val, Thomas Point Beach, etc. Tony currently teaches lessons, classes, workshops, and jam sessions throughout the Boston area and anywhere in the world online via Zoom video conferencing.

Tony is also the director of The Bluegrass University, which has offered classes for adult beginners at many of the largest bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (NY), Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival (ME), Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival (VT), Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival (NH), and the Podunk Bluegrass Festival (CT). The Bluegrass University also presents JamVember, a weekend-long bluegrass jamming “non-festival” held the weekend before Thanksgiving (further details at JamVember.com). Tony is also the new host of Bluegrass Tuesdays at Lily P’s in Cambridge, MA, which is one of the longest-running and most-successful bluegrass nights in the country. In this role, Tony replaced long-time host Geoff Bartley as the night’s organizer, booking agent, MC, soundperson, etc.