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Phase II at The Kaylee Hall Pig n' Whistle June 23

Phase II will bet at the Kaylee Hall in Poole's Corner on Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m. From left are Pat King, Gerry Hickey, John McGarry, Ed Young and Blaine Murphy.
Phase II will bet at the Kaylee Hall in Poole's Corner on Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m. From left are Pat King, Gerry Hickey, John McGarry, Ed Young and Blaine Murphy. - Contributed

Phase II, a long-running rock n' roll dance band with a huge repertoire of songs, takes the stage at the Kaylee Hall in Poole’s Corner this Saturday night.

Known as one of the best venues in Kings County, every Saturday night, the Fraser family hosts an Island band for a pig n' whistle - three hours of lively music and dancing.

Though known mainly as a dance band, Phase II's song list contains some surprising songs from the East Coast to country rock and even disco and blues by request. Band members also play new songs by artists like Joel Plaskett and Ed Sheeran.

The music gets underway at 8 p.m. There will be a 50/50 draw, a canteen and a full bar service. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 

Phase II and friends will also have the audience boppin’ to a 1950s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll beat as they present Happy Days at St. Paul’s church on Sunday, June 24.

They’ll pack almost 30 songs from this musical era into two hours, with non-stop high energy. The concert runs 7:30-9:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Call Gerry Hickey (902-393-3251) or Blaine Murphy (902-393-8379). The event is a fundraiser for St. Paul’s outreach and social justice projects. The church in located at the corner of Grafton and Church streets in Charlottetown.

While the words were sometimes silly words with simple love phrases, they do seem to stick in one’s head, and what really counted was the beat. It was dance music.

“You can see that,” says Rob Thomson, “as you sit in a Phase II concert and watch the audience bobbing their shoulders. Every concert I’ve been at, part way through a number of people get up and dance at the back of the church.”

These are good musicians, Thomson says, and they have a lot of fun together. They’re also showing real skills.

Hickey has a fine mellow-tenor voice, and it’s often backed with a nice blend from Keila Glydon and Jeanie Campbell, who thave real power when they sing their own pieces. Murphy shifts back and forth between different guitars. The great beat comes from Ed Young on percussion and John McGarry on bass. Pat King’s keyboard is the constant, but he plays some mean sax bridges as well.

This concert has a bonus: two more friends making a guest appearance with Phase II — the mother-daughter team of Heather MacAulay and Nicole Cannell. They both starred in the successful Soda Shop Gang, which came from Halifax to P.E.I. for many years.

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