Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (Canada)
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the award-winning Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar.
The Rhythm Boys were given the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance. Tom Power, host of Deep Roots on CBC, recently called the Rhythm Boys his “Best Discovery Band” at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards.
If ever someone was deserving of the nickname “Crazy Legs”, it just might be Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style mixed with great bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes, and Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are a complete entertainment package.
Within months of forming the Rhythm Boys and releasing their self-titled debut CD in 2011, the band had received two Music PEI awards for Roots/Traditional Group of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year, and were nominated for Roots/Traditional Group Recording at the 2011 ECMAs.
They have gone on to win many awards including the East Coast Music Award for best Roots Traditional Group Recording for their latest album ‘Pickin’ ‘n’ Clickin”, and have toured the world including tours of/visits to Australia, Belgium, USA, Canada, Malaysia and many tours of the UK.
“These lads from PEI have taken their great musical skill and love for the repertoire and added engaging, sometimes jaw-dropping, stagecraft and showmanship. Man for man there may not be a better roots band playing in Canada today. Booking them was a no-brainer.” – Matthew Large, Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal.