About Roy Johnstone
"Roy Johnstone has the heart of a poet, the spirit of an adventurer and plays like the Devil." Atlantic Gig Magazine
"One of the Island's most accomplished fiddlers " Doug Gallant, the Guardian
Roy Johnstone has been active in the East Coast musical community for the past thirty years. Not only is he one of the most accomplished fiddle players in Atlantic Canada but he has also received accolades for both his music compositions and his studio production. He is an active recording artist and has 5 solo albums to his credit for which he has multiple nominations for ECMA awards. His most recent CD, entitled "live at Loon" with Steve Sharratt was released in the fall of 2010 and he recently re-released in digital format his ECMA nominated recording Rolling Waves.
"My music is a search for our common voice, a voice that speaks to the heart. Whether I am playing a Gaelic air or a jazz standard I bring a deep love and respect for the traditions within each musical genre. For me, music is a call to live passionately, to celebrate tradition while exploring the joy of creating new forms of musical expression."
Here's a sample tune Master Connor from our recent concert at the Irish cultural center in Charlottetown.
I'll be giving a talk on Acadian fiddle repertoire at a conference in Sydney, Cape Breton. For registration and for more details see program at . http://culture.cbu.ca/ccbs/conference.program.eng.html
This piece by Irish harpist and composer Turloch Carolan was recorded at our concert at the Irish cultural center in Charlottetown in the spring. We are reprising this concert friday September 20 th at 8 pm.
A friend sent stark ravin' to two DJ's in New Zealand.
This note is just to acknowledge the arrival of strark ravin' for use on
our programme. It's one of the best albums of fiddle music I have
heard, and you can be sure we'll use it. We will report airplay on our weekly playlist via FOLKDJ-L, as usual.
Mitch and Robyn Park
Celtic Life writer and publisher Stephen Patrick Clare has published an interview with Roy.
and another story on the 2013 issue on celtfestcuba. (page 61)
This is a tune I wrote as a tribute to the Breton group Pennou Skoulm. Joining me are Damian on guitar, Arriana on cello, Manuel on whistle and Xavier on the cahon. Recorded by Lisa at celtfest cuba in Old Havana,
Roy performs with Cuban musicians: cahone player Javier, cellist Arianna, guitarist Damian and whistle player Yoe. They are joined by Cuban dancer Rose .
This tune is one that I composed for the celtcuba festival and I call it the La danza de la muerte.
Roy performs with the Galician group KLA Folk, Pablo, Ada and Laura along with Cuban musicians: cahone player Javier, cellist Arianna and guitarist Damian. They are joined by Cuban dancers .