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...
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. "
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 .
Join Roy and Steve for a special evening of their more eclectic jazz, blues and latin tunes.
"Mesmerizing", "Unbelievable", "Friendly", "Awesome" and so on. The Blues and Gypsy pieces went down particularly well...... I haven't had so much fun since I was a fly on the wall at a Johnny Cunningham gig."