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 five years. He has been recognized as one of the most accomplished fiddle players in Atlantic Canada .He is an active recording artist and has 4 solo albums to his credit for which he has multiple nominations for ECMA awards. Roy's most recent CD is "Live at Loon", recorded live at the New Hampshire Highland games with Steve Sharratt. His latest studio recording "Longshore Drift" was nominated for two PEI Music Awards and he recently re-released in digital format his ECMA nominated recording Rolling Waves. He joined the cast in the popular production of Dear Johnny Deere as part of the Confederation center's 2013 summer season. Read more...

Kelly's Cellars

Kelly's Cellars

Famous Belfast Bar. A great spot for a bit of "craic". Had a fine session with a few of the locals.

BUZZ review by Ivy Wigmore, Abeqweit: Symphony for an Island


Sunday Session at the Old Triangle

Sunday Session at the Old Triangle

Roy hosts an acoustic session every Sunday at the Old Triangle Alehouse in Charlottetown, Slow session first hour and ofter there is Irish set dancing as well. photo Brian McInnis.

Abeqweit Concert with the PEI Symphony

Abeqweit Concert with the PEI Symphony

The new work Abeqweit: Symphony for an Island received a standing ovation ! Thanks to conductor, Karem Simon and the orchestra and to Richard Covey who co-composed the work with me. photo by Dar MacGregor.

First Symphony Concert

First Symphony Concert

Circa 1959, one of my first symphony concerts with the Canadain Institute of Music. ( see if you can find me in the orchestra )

BUZZ review by Ivy Wigmore


BUZZ review excerpt Ivy Wigmore

"This was the first time I've seen Roy Johnstone act but I hope it's not the last. He was mercurial, infusing each of several characters with an authentic and droll flavour, often simultaneously playing the fiddle. In a memorable sequence, Johnstone played a pair of duelling musicians-one a classical violinist and the other a fiddler….as he dodged and veered to change the cap on his head as a visual aid to which character was speaking. "

stark ravin' receives a thumbs up in New Zealand !

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 Magazine Features PEI Fiddler Roy Johnstone

Celtic Life writer and publisher Stephen Patrick Clare has published an interview with Roy.

Celtic Life Magazine

and another story on the 2013 issue on celtfestcuba. (page 61)

Tribute to Pennou Skoulm at Celtfestcuba, Plaza Veija


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,

the Beach

the Beach

Sky, sea and sand just east of Havana. A dramatic scene a day after the torrential downpour.

Pancho, Byrom and Me

Pancho, Byrom and Me

Pancho Amat, Cuban tres master who recorded with the Chieftains and my good friend Byrom who helped organize the celtfest cuba workshops and who arranged for me to jam with Pancho pose after the concert at the Museo de Musica in Old Havana.

Celtfest Cuba concert in Plaza Veija


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.

Celtfestcuba concert in Plaza Vieja

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 .

Trailside Cafe In Mount Stewart

Jul 20 2014 - 8:00pm
Jul 20 2014 - 10:00pm

Join Roy and Steve for a special evening of their more eclectic jazz, blues and latin tunes.

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