With flashes of flair and fancy footwork, and a blatant disregard for predictable stage presence, Prince Edward Island’s Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys deliver an ultimate concert experience filled with high-energy electrifying entertainment. With a slight bend of his knee, Gordie MacKeeman launches into a song. Guided by the sharp cuts of his fiddle, his famous crazy legs shake and twist with a laughing regard for physics. The whole time The Rhythm Boys deliver surefooted roots instrumentation to accompany the spectacle.
Stepping out in style on their new album, Laugh, Dance & Sing features 13 original songs and traditional tunes that excel in demonstrating the group’s infectious high-energy flair, crisp musicianship and rollicking rhythm and roots sound. The quartet rocks a signature style that infuses their love of traditional bluegrass and old-time roots music together to deliver an eclectic wardrobe of tunes that’s as unique and entertaining as they are.
Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals) and Jason Burbine (bass, percussion) weave together a refreshing mix of invigorating songs, traditional-leaning ideas, and modern influences infused with solid instrumentation, rockabilly-inspired numbers, and toe tapping reels – all polished by MacKeeman’s stunning fiddle work.
Gracing stages from Canada to the United Kingdom, from the United States to Belgium, Malaysia, India, New Zealand and Australia, The Rhythm Boys are renowned for their high-energy exhilarating live show, jaw-dropping stagecraft and showmanship. They have graced the stage at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, Celtic Connections, WOMAD, Orkney Folk Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival, and received the Galaxie Super Nova Award at the Ottawa Folk Festival (in 2012) for their outstanding high-energy performance. Whether it is performing on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall, the powerhouse group has the magnetic ability to bring audiences to their feet causing standing ovations where ever they go.
With a growing list of notable achievements, The Rhythm Boys and their latest recording, Laugh, Dance & Sing were recently honoured with four 2016 Music PEI Music Awards (Entertainer, Group, Album and Roots Traditional Recording of the Year) and picked up the 2015 Award for Entertainer and Touring Artist of the Year. Their album, Pickin n’ Clickin’ was the winner of the the 2014 East Coast Music and Music PEI Award for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year. Gordie and the band are at the top of today’s vibrant old-time musical revival and are a mighty fine example of what an unending revival it is.
“This band is a real breath of fresh air and fun. Given the generic ‘roots’ label, there are heavy influences of bluegrass, western swing, Celtic and even Scottish country dance music in here. It all adds up to a mighty fine package.” – Maverick Magazine, UK
“If you have ever seen Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys performance live, then you’re well aware that the show entails as much acrobatics as it does great music. From beginning to end, Gordie does not stop moving- no wonder the nickname “Crazylegs” has followed him around the world.” – Q Magazine