Roy Johnstone from Prince Edward Island is one of the most accomplished fiddle players in Atlantic Canada. For Roy, music is a call to live passionately, to celebrate tradition while exploring the joy of creating new forms of musical expression. He has received accolades for his music compositions and his studio production. An active recording artist, he has 5 solo albums, which have received multiple nominations for ECMA awards. Roy's love of the fiddling tradition is evident in his research on traditional tunes as well as the acoustics of the fiddle. He lectures in Canada, Scotland, and the USA, teaches privately and gives workshops on many aspects of fiddle playing.
Roy's musical career has taken him to Bretagne, Iceland, Scotland, Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. Recipient of a Government of PEI Official Musical Ambassador award, he is often requested to highlight events such as the recent Governor General's visit to Charlottetown and two Royal Visits. Roy's music has been featured in award winning NFB and independent film productions and television documentaries, and he has performed with many of the region's most noted artists such as J.P. Cormier, Laura Smith, Lennie Gallant and jazz pianist Doug Riley.
Roy works to create a vibrant and healthy musical community on PEI. He served as a board member and VP for the Island Music Association, and as the PEI representative on the board for the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and wrote a regular column for the PEI Fiddlers newsletter .
"Roy Johnstone has the heart of a poet, the spirit of an adventurer and plays like the Devil." --Atlantic Gig Magazine