Hailing from P.E.I., 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! Known in folk music circles as “crazy legs,” MacKeeman’s energetic dance style mixed with great bluegrass-style vocals and roaring fiddling skills have led this top-notch band of multi-instrumentalists to become a favourite roots/traditional act on festival stages at home and abroad.
Tom Power, host of Deep Roots on CBC, recently called the Rhythm Boys his "Best Discovery Band" at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. This four-piece group of seasoned musicians have collectively toured North America and the UK with ECMA winners the Grass Mountain Hobos.
Within months of forming the Rhythm Boys and releasing their self-titled debut CD, the band received two Music PEI awards in 2011 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.
The Rhythm Boys were voted the 2011 Music PEI Showcase Artist of the Year, which is chosen by visiting delegates at Showcase PEI. Since then, they've secured two international tours in 2012 - one to New England in May and one to the UK in July.
“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.” — Matthew Large, Montreal's Folk Festival on the Canal
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