Roger Stone & Leona Burkey

Cape Breton

Roger Stone and Leona Burkey offer a lovely and lively meld of mutual influences, admiration, and hometown harmony. Roger is an accomplished Cape Breton musician, born and raised in Richmond County. A member of the long-established and much-loved Nova Scotian band McGinty, Roger also enjoys a busy solo career and plays with a variety of other notable musicians. Known for his folk and traditional style of music, Roger has been a passionate teacher of banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion and voice for almost thirty years. He has been a contributing force and inspiration to the musical careers of well-known artists and his many students and his songwriting skill is well known whether writing his own original material or collaborating with others. Leona Burkey, also from Richmond County, is known as “the singer” in those parts and is an engaging songwriter and recording artist. Leona’s lyrics, melodies, and arrangements are deeply rooted in Cape Breton story and song traditions and Roger’s work has been a major influence on her over the years. Their special occasion duo, The Richmond Line, weaves Roger’s masterful folk songs and a lifetime of craftsmanship with Leona’s contemporary Celtic roots sound and open-hearted voice. It’s a double shot of Cape Breton troubadour charm.

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