VICKI ARNDT – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
An old-time roots, bluegrass and country band bring their entertaining show this month to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.
Prince Edward Island’s Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys take the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 16 and Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Centre Stage Series.
The band features Gordie MacKeeman, appropriately nicknamed Crazy Legs for his extremely fast-paced, spirited tap and step dancing and fiddle playing, Peter Cann on lead guitar and vocals, Thomas Webb on bass, banjo and vocals and Mark Geddes on snare drums, percussion, bass and vocals.
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys serve up what can only be described as some of the best and most refined bluegrass performed in Canada today.
The band, together only three years, has already toured Canada and the United Kingdom.
The band wrapped up a tour in the United Kingdom in September, just prior to performing a list of shows in Alberta and Saskatchewan in October. The band will then head back overseas to string of shows in Belgium.
Their self-titled album Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, released in 2011, features down-east fiddling in the notable styles of Ned Landry, Al Cherny and Don Messer.
Their second album Pickin’ N’ Clickin, released in 2013, features traditionally inspired, Prince Edward Island music that makes their audiences want to tap their feet and get up and dance.
This four-member band and their music aren’t going unnoticed, receiving the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance.
MacKeeman wows audiences every time with his dancing and simultaneous fiddle playing and his ability to stand on the bass and play fiddle.
Along with superb bluegrass vocals sung by his fellow band members, Cann’s stellar guitar solos and the multi-instrumental talents of Webb and Geddes these boys are a complete entertainment package.
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys earned two 2011 Music PEI Awards and the Showcase PEI 2011 Showcase Artist of the Year Award and were nominated for the Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year at the 2011 East Coast Music Association awards.
Tickets to the shows at the Empress Theatre can be purchased at www.empresstheatre.ab.ca or by calling 1-800-540-9229.