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.
"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."
..from a fiddler about Roy's new "Tunes for fiddlers"
I really enjoy Roy’s rendition of Dogheda Lasses and Ballintore Fancy. The recording is perfect for learning. ...we have had some fun playing those tunes at local sessions..... So Roy, I hope that you can make more of your recordings available for us to learn.
tune sample http://www.royjohnstone.com/samplemusic
For less than the price of a cup of coffee ( $.99) you can download one of my tunes . CD downloads are half the price ( $9.99) of a hard copy CD. All you need is a credit card or pay pal account. Check out the recording section for a listing of all the tunes. I will be posting many more tunes as soon as they are recorded. You can be the first to hear them.
The 2011 celtferstcuba festival has just ended and for me it was a fantastic experience. This is the second year for the festival and there were a few logistical and publicity challenges , especially organizing a festival with this many participants and venues around old havana but for me it was a great experience. Please put this festival on your calendar for April 2012.
Fiddler Roy Johnstone invited to perform at celtfestcuba
Artistic director Kilian Kennedy says he is pleased to have PEI fiddler, Roy Johnstone performing at the celtfestcuba. "Roy's style of playing will be a great addition to the festival and will be very well received by audiences."
The field of neuroscience had been making many amazing discoveries about how our brain functions and these new insights have important ramifications for our understanding of what it is to be human.
Here's a sampling of video footage from the small halls festival held at small halls all over PEI .
A short excerpt of Roy playing with Duane Cote and Duane Andrews is included .
Derry Opera House was nearly full to the rafters for the opening night concert of Johnstone and Sharratt's fifth New England Tour. The event was sponsored by the East Derry Village Committee.
Special guests included dancers Lauren and Hilary , Madeline and piper Kirk as well as Catherine Dion , the oldest living person in New Hampshire who was born on PEI 109 years ago.
Thanks to Brenda Caldwell and all her helpers for all their organizing efforts.
Opinion letter in the Guardian from Edwin Jamieson about Frank Ledwell's view of PEI culture.
Our tireless promoter Katie O'Neill has been helping us get the word out for our New England tour.
Here's a few of the links.
This recording featuring favourite Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton tunes is now available for purchase. The recording was nominated for an East Coast Music Award and features Roy on fiddle with Grady Poe on guitar and Lennie Gallant on bodhran.
There are two bonus tracks included in the complete CD download. MacPherson's Lament from the unreleased recording "David's Gift" in which Roy is joined by the Bonshaw Boys and O'Carolan's Farwell to Music which is part of a solo fiddle recording that Roy is presently working on.
This is part of a continuing series of articles I write for the PEI fiddlers newsletter. It covers a wide variety of topics related to playing the fiddle.
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