Don Roy picked up a guitar when he was 6 years old, and his Uncle Lou placed a fiddle into his hands when he was 15. Winning fiddling contests and absorbing new tunes from mentors consumed Don’s early years. He and his wife, Cindy, met on a blind date to play music together. Don has been a part of many influential bands over the years, including the Maine French Fiddlers and his own Don Roy Trio. In 1994, 2001, and 2008 Don received Individual Artist Fellowship Awards from the Maine Arts Commission. These fellowships are awarded for excellence in traditional arts and are highly sought. Don also received the Harold Carter Memorial award for country fiddling. BREAKING NEWS: Don and Cindy were named National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2018!
In 2000, Don began offering a free monthly session in Portland, ME. By 2003 this group had grown, and Maine’s largest fiddle orchestra, Fiddle-icious, was created. Today it has over 140 members and a large staff of instructors and administrators all donating their time to help Don continue to bring his musical heritage to audiences and musicians alike.
Don is a regular instructor at Maine Fiddle Camp, teaches privately, and in 2013 taught at The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend WA. When not recording, playing, teaching, or composing, Don can be found in his workshop, making the instruments that he loves to play with time-honored tradition and attention to detail reminiscent of the old Italian masters.