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Musician to deliver talk at BIS Hall in Charlottetown

P.E.I. fiddler Roy Johnstone will present a lecture at the BIS Hall in Charlottetown on Nov. 20.
P.E.I. fiddler Roy Johnstone will present a lecture at the BIS Hall in Charlottetown on Nov. 20. - Contributed
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Roy Johnstone will give the fourth talk in the annual Fall Lecture Series at the Benevolent Irish Society Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20. 

The lecture gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Johnstone studied classical violin in his native Winnipeg, and for several years as a young man he participated avidly in the local folk-music scene. When he moved to P.E.I. in the late 1970s, he brought with him an excellent technical background and a lively musical imagination. 

Once established on P.E.I., he absorbed tunes and influences from various available sources – Acadian, Cape Breton, Irish – but tied himself to no particular tradition. 

He also joined the Queens County Fiddlers in the group's early days and often spent time in the Evangeline Coast region of Prince County, where he was particularly taken with the then still vibrant Acadian house-party scene. 

He has released several CDs of his own, including “Rolling Waves”, “Stark Ravin'”, “Devil's Jig” and “Summertime”, and can be heard at the Sunday afternoon sessions as The Old Triangle in Charlottetown.

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