Rolling Waves Recording Now available


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.

Fiddle Lessons

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.

copyright@royjohnstone 2008, 09, 10

Back to the landers (1970's "Hippies" move to the Island)


PhD Candidate Ryan O'Connor has created an informative and entertaining web site with interviews about "back to the landers" who moved to Prince Edward Island in the 1970's. I was one of them! Engaging interviews and a overview narrative. The site uses George Zimble's fine photographs to highlight and complement the stories. Check it out.

The url is

fiddle world another informative and useful web site

This is another site I recently came across. Some useful forums on fiddling and some helpful tips on instruments . Covers all styles of music and a wide variety of instruments. Congrats to Adam for another great fiddler resource.

This site has moved so you'll have to do a search to find the new url.

Fiddle Hangout, a great site for fiddler info


I just discovered fiddle hangout. Lots of topical discussions about fiddle playing and instruments. Check in out. Lots of links to other interesting and useful sites. Thanks to Eric for all his hard work in getting the site up and maintaining it.

Longshore Drift Press Release



Roy Johnstone and Steve Sharratt will release their long-awaited recording Longshore Drift at a launch party in early October. This new CD, dedicated to the memory of Island fiddlers James
Banks, Yvon Bourque and David Baglole, reflects the respect that both Johnstone and Sharratt have for carrying on traditions of the past. “It’s a contemporary exploration of some traditional

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention


Roy has been invited to present a talk and workshop on his original composiitions at the 2008 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention being held this year in St John's , NL. Fiddlers from Europe and the USA will be attending this prestigious convention.

Workshop details below.

title: Hybrids

PEI Fiddler's Newsletter


Roy contributes a regular column entitled Fiddle Shoptalk to the PEI Fiddler's newsletter. Catch his latest talk winter 2010 on revisitng your fiddling and you can learn an original new tune, Millie's Waltz in the Winter/Spring 2009 issue of the Island Fiddler Newsletter found on the PEI Fiddlers Society website -

Mabel's Saga Receives Multiple Film Awards


Island film animator Jodie Samuelson has received several distinguished awards for her film Mabel's Saga. The film was co-produced by Jodie and the NFB . The film has charmed audiences wherever it has been shown.The film featured several tracks from Atlantic musicians including one by Island fiddler Roy Johnstone. The original music composed by Jodie was also recorded at Roy's studio in Argyle Shore.

Queen's County Fiddlers Receive Music Award


The Queen's County Fiddlers recently received a PEI Music Award for their recording Forty Fiddlers Flat Out.. This is the first recording by the fiddlers in many years and it has been very well received . Produced by Queen's county president Ward MacDonald, the CD represents many hours of practice and dedicated work by the group. The recording was engineered and mastered by Island fiddler Roy Johnstone.

DFO Purchases CCNB Video


Department of Fisheries and Oceans has just purchased the rights to the video Musquash produced by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. The sound track features music from Island fiddler Roy Johnstone's CD "stark ravin". The Musquash show will be broadcast as part of a web broadcast public education initiative from DFO.

Fiddle is SOLD but I have some fine gear and other instruments for sale


Hand made bodhran with tipper and learning CD for $150, fiddle pre amp $50.00, seiko tuner $20, Radio Shack wireless microphone $100, Samson wireless DI and microphone $150.

Please contact Roy Johnstone at 902-675-2541 or email at

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