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 Irish Cultural Centre Concert , North River Road , Charlottetown

Sep 20 2013 - 8:00pm
Sep 20 2013 - 10:00pm

Roy will be performing the music of Irish composer Turloch Carolan with guitarist Rob Drew and flautist Nancy Clement as part of the music series at the Irish hall.

Speed the Plough old photo

Speed the Plough old photo

Tracy Gallant sent me this old photo and article from la Voix Acadian. The photo shows Lennie Gallant, Margie Carmichael, Sigrid Rolfe and myself circa 1979-1980.

Rolling Waves Recording Digital Re-Release

Rolling Waves Recording Digital Re-Release

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.

Blue Jig

The idea for this tune came from a little jamming session with steve one day. The marriage of a twelve bar blues progression with an Irish jig. It let's us stretch out and do a little improv.

First Old triangle Session

First Old triangle Session

A few of the players from the first session at the Old triangle in Charlottetown. There were some Irish set dancers there as well. It was "great grac". Photo by Nollaigh

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 http://niche.uwo.ca/backtotheisland.

CBC Atlantic Airwaves Feature

18:34 minutes (21.24 MB)

Glenn Meisner, the producer for CBC Radio show Atlantic Airwaves interviews Roy and Steve about their new CD Longshore Drift and asks about their approach to composing music and to the relationships between contemporary and traditional music.

Longshore Drift Nominated for Two PEI Music Awards

Roy and steve were very pleased to receive two PEI Music Award nominations for their new CD Longshore Drift. The CD was nominated for best instrumental and for best traditional group.

CBC Mainstreet Interview, October 2008

16:38 minutes (19.09 MB)

Roy and Steve were interviewed by Matthew Rainnie on Mainstreet, CBC Radio One afternoon program in Prince Edward Island.

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

Roy and Steve Invited back to 2010 New Hampshire Highland Games

Roy and Steve Invited back to 2010 New Hampshire Highland Games

A rare moment (me singing) in one of our many performances at the Governor's Lodge in Loon Mountain . photo by Don Clark

Roy and Steve were featured artists at the 2009 NHHG's along with Alistair Fraser, Hot Chili Pipers, Malinky and others. They have been invited back to celebrate the 35 th anniversary of the New Hampshire Highland games. Over 30,000 people attend the weekend festival.

New Friends at the NFL festival

New Friends at the NFL festival

Bretagne fiddler Chistian Lemaitre, legendary singer and musician Andy Irvine, singer and musician James Fagan and yourstruly share a pint at the Newfoundland labrador festival. Despite all the rain "a great crac " it was.

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