High-energy dancing and fiddling folkiness ; GORDIE MACKEEMAN AND HIS RHYTHM BOYSCanadian folk band Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys play Southwell on Friday. Sue Atkinson caught up with fiddle player Gordie
Where are you from? We are from Prince Edward Island which is a small island of about 150,000 people in eastern Canada.
Who's in the band? There is Mark Geddes on percussion and bass, Peter Cann on guitar, Tom Webb on bass, guitar and banjo, and Gordie MacKeeman on fiddle.
How did you get started? We have played as side musicians in different bands for a few years, and decided to start our own group.
How would you describe your music? Our music would be described as high-energy dancing and fiddling mixed with driving Canadian folk music, drawing on influences from down east fiddling, rockabilly and bluegrass with traditionally inspired originals.
What does music mean to you? Music is a part of us. It is so great to get to do something you love for a living.
Who has influenced you? Between us, we all liked all kinds of music. I am very influenced by old time fiddlers such as Ned Landry and Al Churney, and Fifties country and rock'n'roll, whereas Peter Cann, our guitarist, started out in a rock and punk band.
Who are you listening to at the moment? I have been listening to a lot of John Smith and we are currently driving listening to Prince Edward Island's own Paper Lions.
Where do you get your inspiration from? We draw inspiration from watching and listening all kinds of music, as well as each other.
The band plays Marquee at Rose Cottage, Southwell, on Friday. Tickets are Pounds 12 in advance, Pounds 14 on the door. Call 01636 815172 or visit ruralrootsmusic.co.uk.
'' Music is a part of us. It is so great to get to do something you love for a living Gordie MacKeeman
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