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Urban Gillis to take the stage on May 26 at Jack Blanchard Centre

Dance to the music of Urban Gillis at the Jack Blanchard Centre in Charlottetown.
Dance to the music of Urban Gillis at the Jack Blanchard Centre in Charlottetown. - Submitted

A classic country dance is set for the Jack Blanchard Centre on Saturday May 26, beginning at 8 p.m.

The dance is a fundraiser for Holy Redeemer and the Knights of Columbus and is for 19 and over. There will be a 50/50 draw with a portion going to the QEH Equipment Fund. Tickets are available at the door for $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. All are welcome. The hall is located on Pond Street in Charlottetown.

Urban Gillis, who has many years of experience playing country music, will be joined by three other musicians who also love to play classic country music.

Gillis was lead singer for the band Midnight and played in the late Neil Matthews band, as well as toured fulltime throughout Canada singing lead for Silver Wings. Upon returning to P.E.I., Gillis continued with his music career and was one of the founding members of the popular classic country group, Urban Outlaws.

Mike MacGary and Billy Matthews have been playing together in a group called The Boys for the last few years providing dancing music at the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday nights.

For this dance, MacGary will be playing an electric steel that belonged to his late father, Joe MacGary, as well as singing harmony.

Matthews, a musician like his late dad, Neil Matthews, played on the road while living in Ontario until the family moved back to P.E.I., where he continued his music as a lead singer and drummer for Urban Outlaws and The Boys. Matthews will be sharing the lead vocals as well as playing drums.

Also performing is Judy Lowe, who has a history of musical experience going back to Elliott Wight and his Orchestra, which planed regularly at the North River Fire Hall. Lowe currently plays with the Lady Singers of our Century, the Winsloe United Church ceilidh group and Dino and the Harmonies. She will be playing keyboard as well as singing harmonies

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