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, cello, acoustic guitar, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals) and Mark Geddes (bass, percussion, mandolin, piano) 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 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 were recently honoured with the 2015 Music PEI Award for Entertainer of the Year and Touring Artist of the Year and their album, Pickin n’ Clickin’ was awarded the 2014 East Coast Music Award 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.
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“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
“Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are an Americana folk band, made up of 4 phenomenal musicians; Peter Cann on lead guitar and vocals; Thomas Webb on bass, banjo and vocals; Mark Geddes on drums, percussion, bass and vocals; and of course Gordie ‘Crazy Legs’ MacKeeman on fiddle. The band’s traditional roots style is shot through with their infamous sense of humour, and comes out in spades throughout their album ’Pickin’ n Clickin’.”Tianna Lake, Beat Magazine, UK
“It is their live shows which have cemented their reputation as one of the most dynamic and engaging acts to come out of the East Coast in the past few years. These guys were all solid players to begin with, but touring as relentlessly as they have over the last couple of years, playing everything from small concert halls to major European festivals, has sharpened the band to a fine edge. Laugh, Dance & Sing is now one of my favourite feel-good records. I suspect when award season rolls around it will be in the running. It deserves to be.”Beat Magazine, UK
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