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Wednesday
09
MAY

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Proceeds to QEH Pediatric Clinic

21:00
23:30

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HOSTED BY ACCES23 / CMBEC41 JOINT CONFERENCE! Sponsored by Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, PEI Brewing Company and K-Audio.

Concert in Support of the Pediatric Clinic, Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Don’t delay in getting your tickets as this is expected to be a sold out show!

Join us for an energetic evening of traditional East Coast music and help support the Pediatric Clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of much needed children's respiratory therapy equipment.

This will be the first 2018 PEI local show for the Prince Edward Island based combo coming off a month and a half Australia and Western Canada tour.

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 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.

“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

“It is their live shows which have cemented their reputation as one of the most dynamic and engaging acts to come out of the East Coast in the past few years. These guys were all solid players to begin with, but touring as relentlessly as they have over the last couple of years, playing everything from small concert halls to major European festivals, has sharpened the band to a fine edge. There is serious chemistry between MacKeeman, Webb, Cann and Geddes, the kind that only comes from living out of each other’s suitcase for extended periods of time. “Laugh, Dance & Sing” is now one of my favourite feel-good records. I suspect when award season rolls around it will be in the running. It deserves to be.” -- Doug Gallant, The Guardian