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...

Carolan concert

5:22 minutes (4.91 MB)

Here's a sample tune Master Connor from our recent concert at the Irish cultural center in Charlottetown.

Acadian Celtic Music at the Crossroads

Oct 12 2013 - 9:00pm
Oct 12 2013 - 10:30pm
Etc/GMT-3

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

Carolan's Concerto

3:15 minutes (2.97 MB)

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.

Mulligan's Pub, Amsterdam

Mulligan's Pub, Amsterdam

Mulligan's, on the Amstel canal hosts a great session for Irish music every Sunday evening. Fast and furious. Thanks to all the players, Peter, Dom. Joachim , Siard, Stella, Anneke, Laura, Annelotte, Suzanne, Auke, and Job

Last Week of performances for Dear Johnny Deere

Last Week of performances  for Dear Johnny Deere

Dear Johnny Deere ends August 31 at the Mackenzie theater. show time is 7:30.

Dear Johnny Deere at the Mack theater, Charlottetown

Jun 29 2013 - 7:00pm
Aug 31 2013 - 9:59pm
Etc/GMT-3

Roy will be performing in the Confederation center's production of Dear Johnny Deere. A poignant story of a young farm couple struggling to make end's meet featuring the music of Canadian songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. Show times is 7:30 pm , running Monday to Saturday except Canada day. Tickets going fast so make a reservation.

Andre Brunet and Roy

Andre Brunet and Roy

Andre Brunet gave a fantastic workshop on Quebecois fiddling. Thanks to the PEI Acadian federation for sponsoring the event.

Roy and Rob Drew

Roy and Rob Drew

Rob Drew and I playing at a house concert at Jamie and Greg's.

Carolan Concert Press Release

Carolan Concert Press Release

For Immediate Release February 23, 2013

A concert featuring the music of Irish composer Turloch Carolan will be held friday, March 8 th at 8 pm at the Irish cultural centre. Featured performers are Rob Drew on guitar, Nancy Clement on flutes and whistles and Roy Johnstone on violin and mandola.

Concert at Irish Cultural Centre Friday, April 11, 8 pm

Concert at Irish Cultural Centre Friday, April 11, 8 pm

Roy, Rob Drew and Nancy Clement and will be performing at the Irish Cultural center in Charlottetown, 8 pm April 11 . It will feature a preview of Roy's new work entitled Cradled on the Waves as well as some of the groups latest music gathered on Roy's trip to Ireland.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

Looks like a green Christmas for this year. Wishing everyone all the best for the 2013.

Speed the Plough Poster

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Speed the Plough Poster

A poster from 1980 for Speed the Plough.

David Papazian, Margie Carmichael, Sigirid Rolfe,Roy Johnstone and Lennie Gallant,

photo by Lionel Stevenson

Acadian Day Celebration at Confederation Centre with Robert and Nancy

Acadian Day Celebration at Confederation Centre with Robert and Nancy

Robert Arsenault, Nancy Clement and Roy performed for Acadian Day at the confederation centre outdoor amphitheatre.

photo By Emile Gallant

Cat Gut, Frogs and Horsehair

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Cat Gut, Frogs and Horsehair

Roy will give an interactive talk on the history of the fiddle and it's music at Orwell historic village.

July 17 th 2 pm to 4 pm. Kids and families welcome !

Darcy Stearns and Roy perform

Darcy Stearns and Roy perform

Darcy Stearns and Roy did a set of Irish tunes for the fund raising concert for Bourkevale community centre in Winnipeg where Roy played hockey as a kid.. The concert raised over $4200.

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