SAT Stage 5 3:15 – 5:15pm Saturday Night Country House Concert
SAT Stage 4 8:15 – 9:15pm
SUN Stage 2 3:00 – 4:00pm CD launch
MON Stage 4 10:30 – 11:30am
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step-dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades – His Rhythm Boys – and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Prince Edward Island-based combo has released three albums to date: 2011’s ‘Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys’ self titled debut, 2013’s ‘Pickin’ N’ Clickin’, and 2015’s ‘Laugh, Dance & Sing’. These have brought the lads impressive airplay and multiple awards, though Gordie stresses that live performance remains his true calling. “I’d say we consider ourselves a live band more than a recording act,” he explains. “We just love being onstage in front of an audience. We view our albums as a souvenir of the live show, so we record live off the floor as much as possible.”
The group comprises Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle, acoustic guitar, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals), and Jason Burbine (bass, percussion, guitar, vocals). They have been together for six years, but many of the members played together in different combinations prior to that, as is audible in their aural chemistry. The fact that each member is skilled on multiple instruments gives Gordie MacKeeman and The Rhythm Boys a high-powered musical arsenal. The result is an eclectic signature sound that draws upon bluegrass, old time country, folk, rockabilly, swing, Celtic, and other styles in genre-defying fashion.
“Gordie and the Boys are great players, sharp songwriters, invigorating company…..not to mention the nifty dancing. Frankly, what’s not to like?” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, 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 “Crazy legs” has followed him around the world.” – Q Magazine