Art Stoyles, noted accordion player, dead at 72

Art Stoyles, whose accordion playing delighted audiences for almost six decades, passed away Sunday. He was 72.
Musician Art Stoyles passed away on Monday. He was 72. (Facebook)

Art Stoyles, whose accordion playing delighted audiences for almost six decades, passed away Monday evening.

He was 72.

He was an accomplished solo artist, but also played with Figgy Duff, The Westerneers, The Bannerman Park Band and his own Art Stoyles Band. 

Stoyles was likely best known for The Portuguese Waltzes.

His early musical influences included traditional Newfoundland music, and also the Portuguese music he learned from sailors of the Portuguese White Fleet who visited St. John's. 

He began playing the accordion at the age of eight.

Stoyles was a recipient in 2005 of the East Coast Music Association's Stompin' Tom Connors award for his contribution to the music of Atlantic Canada.

Stoyles was interviewed on CBC's CrossTalk by the late John Furlong in August 2013. Listen to it here.