About Roy

BUZZ review by Ivy Wigmore, Abeqweit: Symphony for an Island


Celtic Life Magazine Features PEI Fiddler Roy Johnstone

Celtic Life writer and publisher Stephen Patrick Clare has published an interview with Roy.

Celtic Life Magazine

and another story on the 2013 issue on celtfestcuba. (page 61)

Roy and Steve First utube video

Check out roy and steve's first u-tube video:

Fan Mail


Dear Roy:

This note is just to acknowledge the arrival of your CD stark 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
(Folk on Sunday and Kidnappers Ceilidh, Radio Kidnappers 1431AM & 104.7FM)

Press Kit

Here you will find information about Roy of use to the press: a biography, press quotes and several photographs.


11x17 poster of Roy and Steve with images from around PEI.

About Roy Johnstone

 Roy fiddling

"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.

Roy has received accolades for both his music compositions and his studio production. His music has been featured in award winning NFB and independent film productions and he has been invited to perform with many of the region's most noted artists such as J.P. Cormier, Laura Smith, Lennie Gallant and jazz pianist Doug Riley. The Highland Council of Scotland commissioned Roy to write music to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Scottish settlers coming to Prince Edward Island. This music is featured in a new international recording entitled An-t Eilean, the Island. He recently was awarded a grant to create a new work which will be performed with the PEI symphony as part of their 2014-2015 season.

His musical career has taken him to Iceland, Scotland, Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. He was presented with a Government of PEI Official Musical Ambassador award and he is often requested to highlight many dignitary events such as the recent Governor General's visit to Charlottetown, two Royal Visits, a Canadian Trade Mission to Iceland, Maritime tourism promotion to New England, a Maritime Premiers Conference and an Ireland Trade Commission in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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