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Rock and roll dances in Kensington with Fallback

Way Up West
by Jan Cox

Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at the Kensington Legion (photo: Jan Cox)It’s a mutual love affair. Rock and roll band Fallback feel they play to the “best dancers in the world” and their fans know they are the best rock and roll band anywhere.

Every Thursday night from now until the end of June, you’ll find the Kensington Legion pulsing with the sound of good old rock and roll. Fallback, a six-piece band, hosts two sessions a year. Doors open at 7 pm and by 7:30 the best tables are full.

Band members Scott White, Dale Gaudet, Johnny Ross, Steve Guy and Wayne Robichaud (with alternate drummer Dale DesRoches) knew each other from local bands and decided to form the 50s and 60s dance band. Stressing they are not a bar band, the guys say that each performance feels like they are putting on a production, something they are proud of and committed to. Lead singers Scott White and Dale Gaudet agree, “coming together like this every week here in Kensington, it’s like family. There is a real sense of community among these folks.”

Nominated for three PEI Music Awards, including Best Rock Band, Best Cover Band and up for a Community Contributor Award, Fallback are polished musicians that love to have fun.

In the 1960s, the Kensington Legion played host to teen dances, Thursdays from 8 to 11 pm. “There are a lot of memories in this room,” said Scott. “In fact, some of the people on the floor now, were at those dances.” 

Fans couldn’t wait for the music to start. Verna told me, “Back in the day, I was here and there was a great atmosphere. Same nights and time.” Al and his partner Nancy, said, “This is better than any medication. It’s good exercise, you meet people. It’s wonderful socialization and the people are our age (over 60). We have a place to go, it’s like family.”

Stephanie Ross (of the Ross Family) sister to Fallback key board player Johnny Ross loves coming along to the dances. While the Ross Family are traditional Ceilidh performers, Stephanie couldn’t wait for the band to start. “Me and some of my friends (we are young people) love coming here. This is actual music you can dance to… I get dressed up, feels like a night out on the town,” she beamed.

Anyone attending one of the spring dances cannot help but feel the energy from this band of rockers. And the crowd, with their heads rocking and their feet dancing, just can’t get enough.

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