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 performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.
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.
The hard-working combo has regularly delighted audiences at such major international festivals as Glastonbury, WOMAD, Celtic Connections, and the Orkney, Shrewsbury and Woodford Folk Festivals. In 2012, they won the Galaxie Super Nova Award at the Ottawa Folk Festival for their electrifying performance, while their 2015 and 2016 Music PEI Awards for Entertainer of the Year are also attributable to their performance prowess. Their first two albums collected multiple East Coast Music and Music PEI Awards in the roots categories, while Laugh, Dance & Sing won 2016 Music PEI Awards for Album, Group Recording, and Roots Traditional Recording of the Year.
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys continue to rack up frequent flyer miles at an impressive rate, visiting UK and Australia on a regular basis. The group are also preparing to make another record in between a hectic national and international touring schedule. The world is indeed their oyster, and they’re coming up pearls.
“THE HIGHLY UNOFFICIAL TOP 10 MOST POPULAR FESTIVAL ACTS…with great pride and exhaustion I give you the Top 10 Festival Acts of 2015 - #2 Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.” - Colin Irwin, Spiral Earth, UK
“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 music. From beginning to end, Gordie does not stop moving - no wonder the nickname “Crazylegs” has followed him around the world.” - Q Magazine
“It is not often you will get to see a musician dance while playing the violin - easily the queen of musical instruments and one of the toughest to master. But Canadian fiddler Gordie MacKeeman not only dances expertly with his stringed piece but also gets you on your feet dancing to his tunes. A high-octane performance that is heavy on energy from start to finish, Gordie’s trademark is his ‘crazy legs’ style of dancing while playing the violin.” - The Hindu Times, india