Phase II & Friends at St. Paul’s February 11

Phase II & Friends at St. Paul’s February 11

A Valentine concert with Phase II and Friends — an evening of love and laughter, full of rock-’n’-roll, pop, gospel, comedy, almost everything! from one of the Island’s best-loved, good-time bands.  Sunday evening, February 11th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at St. Paul’s church in downtown Charlottetown.  It’s a boost for the church’s outreach and social-justice programs.
   Tickets: $10, $5 for children — at-the-door, or ordered at 393-3251 (Gerry) or 892-1691 (St. Paul’s office).  Info:


Phase II back at St. Paul’s - Feb 11

   Here’s a good wintertime pick-me-up: tapping our toes to the peppy rhythms of Phase II and Friends.  They’re one of the most popular, grooviest good-time bands on PEI … and on Sunday, February 11th they’re at St. Paul’s church with a musical program of love and laughter.

   Talk about experience … Some of the members have been playing together for almost four decades.  An outgrowth of the Blue Crystals, Phase II got going in 1990 as a rock-’n’-roll band in dance halls, private parties, and conventions.  A couple of years ago they took to playing concerts as well, and ‘classed-up’ with a pair of women singers, Keila Glydon and Jeanie Campbell.  The other musicians are John McGarry on bass, Pat King on keys and sax, Ed Young on drums, Blaine Murphy on guitar, and Gerry Hickey as front man and lead singer.  Gerry calls himself “the luckiest guy on PEI — to be playing with this fine group of musicians.”

   Phase II and Friends are known for their great variety of lively musicianship, plus humour and an engaging patter between songs.  This time there’s an added ingredient — the Valentine theme.  As the song says, “Baby it’s cold outside”, but inside we’ve got lots of romantic warmth, including The Beatles’ “All My Loving,” Ricky Nelson’s “Teenager in Love,” Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” even Elvis’ “Don’t be Cruel.”  There’s a Platters medley and a few Rankins and Anne Murray pieces, plus two or three gospel tunes such as “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone.”

   “We’re gonna make it pretty lively!” says Gerry Hickey.

   The members of Phase II and Friends love playing together … but they have an altruistic side too.  That’s why they’ve given literally hundreds of benefit events to support community groups.  The February 11th gig will be a boost to St. Paul’s church and its outreach and social-justice projects, including practical food-hampers for limited-means families.  In fact Gerry Hickey has hand-crafted a beautiful pine chest, with a laser-engraved image of the church, and given it to St. Paul’s to use in collecting donations of food and supplies for the outreach program.

   St. Paul’s church is one of the Island’s finest performance spaces.  The historic Harris design provides amazing acoustical clarity plus the glorious warmth of its woodwork and windows.  That’s why it’s the favoured place for instrumental recitals, chamber orchestras, choral groups, and the annual PEI Jazz and Blues Festival … and why Phase II wants to come back there.

   Phase II and Friends perform on Sunday evening, February 11th, 7:00 to 9:00 o’clock, at St. Paul’s church in downtown Charlottetown (Grafton at Church St., across from the DVA building)

   Admission is just $10 ($5 for children).  Tickets are available at-the-door, or can be ordered at 393-3251 (Gerry), 393-8379 (Blaine) or 892-1691 (St. Paul’s office).


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