NORTH RUSTICO – The Pig & Whistle Dance at the North Rustico Lions Club wraps up for the summer season on Thursday, Sept. 4, with special guests Kelly Buote and Kim Albert. They will be joined by house band Gary Chipman, Billy Roy Murnaghan, Johnny Ross, Brian Knox and Robbie Duncan.
Albert is the lead vocalist of the Island band Faces and her repertoire consists of good dancing music ranging from rock 'n' roll to country. She is no stranger to the North Rustico area making regular guest appearances at dances and events around the area and across the province.
Buote grew up in a musical family in North Rustico and and is returning to the Pig & Whistle Dance as a special guest for the second time this summer. Buote is the lead vocalist of a band called Decades.
The Pig & Whistle Dances were re-invented in North Rustico this summer by co-organizers Marsha Weeks and Gary Chipman.
"We've had a very successful Pig & Whistle season," says dance co-organizer Marsha Weeks. "We couldn't have asked for better calibre of musicianship on stage this summer and the season finale will be no different with our double header featuring Kelly Buote and Kim Albert, special guests, as well as the house band."
Gary Chipman, host and co-organizer of the Pig & Whistle Dance, is a well-known Island musician who started his musical career on the "Don Messer Jubilee" as a guest fiddler. He has toured with musicians such as the late Stompin’ Tom Connors and Anna McGoldrick and shared the stage with artists such as Freddy Fender, Michelle Wright, the Carleton Showband, John Allan Cameron, Smiley Bates and Dave Dudley.
"It's bittersweet to see the Pig & Whistle Dances end for the summer season – sad to see them end but I am looking forward to playing with Kim and Kelly for the grand finale. We'll be back in full force next summer in North Rustico with the same quality of show," says Chipman. "It's been a real privilege to work with a great group and to deliver a show/dance every week to such engaging audiences. I have no doubt that Kim and Kelly will wrap things up with a bang this Thursday."
There will be an open mike/talent show portion as well as step-dancing by North Rustico's own, Kaitlyn Gallant, and a fiddle set by Chipman. A 50/50 draw will be in support of the Children's Wish Foundation.
The Pig & Whistle Dance is a 19-and-over event and is located upstairs at the North Rustico Lions Club. Admission is at the door and the dance will be from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. For more information, call Marsha 314-1865.