Don Roy Trio
Maine French Fiddle
In honor of their deep commitment to the musical heritage of Maine, the National Endowment for the Arts named the couple 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellows, the highest honor the government bestows on traditional artists. Join us at noon on Saturday at the Railroad Stage for a special set by the trio celebrating this honor.
Partners in life and music for nearly 40 years, Don and Cindy Roy are leading exponents of Franco-American traditional music in Maine. Both are descendants of French families that emigrated from Canada—Don’s grandparents from Quebec, Cindy’s from Prince Edward Island. Don’s virtuoso fiddling and Cindy’s steady, rhythmic piano accompaniment, plus her top-notch step-dancing, have livened up many a house party and entertained audiences across the country.
Don has been called “the dean of Franco-American fiddling in Maine,” a title reflecting both his skilled playing and his dedication to sharing his musical heritage. Since 2000, Dona and Cindy have led Fiddle-icious, a community fiddle orchestra with more than 100 members. Both often teach at music camps, and Don gives private fiddle lessons. He is also a highly skilled luthier whose commitment to passing along knowledge and skills to others is evident at his shop in Gorham, Maine. He has taken on numerous aspiring craftspeople to work on their own instruments under his watchful eye and guidance.