From left, Jason Burbine, Gordie “Crazy Legs” MacKeeman, Thomas Webb, and Peter Cann performed at the Vermilion Folk Club on April 11. Photo Angela Mouly
Living up to his nickname “Crazy Legs,” Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys were hosted by the Vermilion Folk Club at the Vermilion Legion on April 11. The unique, sprightly performance from the band included MacKeeman incorporating vigorous feet percussion with his 50’s flair tap shoes. The Rhythm Boys just returned from a five-week tour in Australia, playing their first show back in Vermilion. When asked about their experience, the band joked, “We had a couple of close calls with a kangaroo.” From Prince Edward Island, the roots group will also perform in Red Deer, Calgary, Saskatoon, Eastend Saskatchewan, Kamsack Saskatchewan, and North Battleford during their Out West Tour. ‘Laugh, Dance & Sing’ is their current album, and they will soon be working on a new album for next year. The band has been playing together for the past six years, but it seemed much longer with their ability to meld music. Several instrumental solos highlighted each of their many talents and members swapped instruments throughout the show sharing lively originals and a few classic covers. With their maritime flavour keeping all songs relatable, they were able to incorporate country, instrumental, Irish, and Caribbean music with a song of a bewildered sailor, and inter-mix them with MacKeeman’s highly kinetic jigs. “It was simply outstanding,” said Margaret Lonsdale. Upbeat doesn’t begin to cover it, as he even played the fiddle behind his back while tapping, and hopped atop the upright bass during their final performance. Many in the audience found it hard to sit still when they saw an incredibly high energy group that is so dedicated and having that much fun. “They definitely surpassed expectations; it was an amazing show. With so many instrument switches it was incredible,” said Rod MacMillan. “One of the best things you can do for us is to tell your friends, and nowadays that involves social media,” said MacKeeman. You can follow the band by searching ‘Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys’ on Facebook, or ‘Gordie MacKeeman’ on Twitter, or Instagram. For more information about the band, you can visit crazylegs.ca.