Island fiddling will diversify | Bowing Down Home


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RJ – Roy Johnstone

RJ: In terms of where the music’s going, I think there's gonna be a strong continuation of playing the tunes that are part of the repertoire here. And the players are gonna get better and better because they're starting younger, they have got a lot of different teachers teaching them. And a lot of them might do it as a living or to supplement their living. So we'll see a lot of groups like Barachois and Vishten, or Celtic Ladies, or [like] Richard Wood as individuals. And I think there certainly is a market outside of the Island B the Island is too small within itself to sustain or support somebody trying to make a living playing music. You pretty much have to be willing to tour and play outside of that. That brings a different approach to the music, totally different approach. It’s still going to be really good music but you’ve got so many other factors coming in. For me I'm interested in where people will bring their own creativity to playing the instrument and where that’s going, and I'd like to see more people writing their own tunes, and exploring B To me the violin is a vehicle to explore a lot of different cultures. More and more, we're becoming a global place and music can build a lot of bridges for people. And we have a lot of cultures immigrating to PEI, people from Cuba, from Latin America, from all over South America. And the music will blend a lot of the – Can build bridges. So people who are good on the violin can start joining in with different groups playing music that comes from a bunch of different cultures. And I think that would be really healthy and would be a good thing. And I think for somebody who's talented, the fiddle can take them anywhere in the world. They want to go and travel - And even just taking the music of PEI. They can take the whole package; they can take some of the stories, like that’s part of it – People want to know the stories, they want to know where the music came from, and that's something that people that still are in those communities can bring and share. There seems to be an audience all over the place for that.