Get into Canadian roots rhythm with Gordie and his boys

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Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Library Theatre

Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the award-winning band serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that they promise “practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar”.

If ever someone was deserving of the nickname ‘Crazy Legs, it might be the band’s frontman, 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 mean that Gordie 
MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys look set to be a complete entertainment package.

The Rhythm Boys formed in 2011 and quickly became popular in their homeland.

They 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.

Matthew Large, organiser of Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal, is a big fan.

He said: “These lads from Prince Edward Island have taken their great musical skill and love for the repertiore 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 is a no-brainer”.

They are appearing at the Library Theatre in Tudor Square in Sheffield city centre on Friday (June 7) at 7.30pm.

Box office: 0114 249 6000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk