Title - Folk for Little Folk, Volume 1
Artist - Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman
For those unaware, Award-winning Canadian fiddling wizard Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman has wowed audiences around the world with his high-octane performances, “crazy legs” style of dancing, and mischievous musical humor.
Gordie will have everyone up on their feet and dancing with his first album for kids and families, Folk for Little Folk, Volume 1, set for release on September 17th, 2021.
Ferocious fiddle playing and fleet-footed dancing has brought Gordie MacKeeman comparison to the late John Hartford, and in Folk for Little Folk Volume 1 he adds his warm, melodious, baritone voice to delight listeners with a sonic round-up of traditional bluegrass, Western swing, and classic country.
Joined by a group of folk musician virtuosi pals, Gordie has put together a foot-stomping, spirited romp that is destined to leave listeners of all ages grinning from ear to ear.
1. All Around the Kitchen
2. Big Rock Candy Mountain
3. Ladybugs’ Picnic
4. Chicken Reel
5. Get Out There and Dance
7. Dancing in the Bathtub
8. Mama Don’t Allow
9. Walking Along
10. Old MacDonald
11. Log Driver’s Waltz
12. Hokey Pokey
13. Listen to the Mockingbird
15. Boogie Woogie Baby
16. Hop High ladies
Opening on the rambunctious, old-time music-imbibed All Around the Kitchen and the upbeat and gently frenetic Big Rock Candy Mountain, Gordie backs those up seamlessly with a rousing version of the Sesame Street classic Ladybugs’ Picnic, a fiddletastic Chicken Reel, the instructional, mid-tempo delight of Get Out There and Dance, and then we get their rendition of a country patter song with an uncommon sound and style (due, in large part, to Gordie’s virtuoso, lightning-fast vocals) on Snaccident and the quite atmospherically literal, Dancing in the Bathtub.
Any old-time music album would be incomplete without the ubiquitous country standard Mama Don’t Allow, and Gordie skylarks through his rendition with a surprise around every corner and backs that up with the foot-tappin’ delights of Walking Along, the traditional fare of Old MacDonald, the accordion-led Log Driver’s Waltz and then Gordie fiddles his fast-paced styling to the hilt (complete with an abundance of double stops, drones, and a bowing techniques) on the classic Hokey Pokey.
Next up is the grounded instrumental Listen to the Mockingbird and given that throughout the album, Gordie sings with superlative diction, allowing young ears a chance to easily catch the words, that comes to the fore on the delightful Oo-De-Lally, with the album rounding out with the finger-snappin’ Boogie Woogie Baby, a spirited rendition of the traditional fiddling tune Hop High Ladies, closing on the sweet finale of the gently sophisticated waltz Dreamland.
Music was such an important part of my childhood, and now, as a father, it is one of my favorite activities to share with my children, says Gordie MacKeeman.
We love to clear a space and dance; it doesn’t get any easier than that! My vision for this project is to create something that will please all members of the family and allow families to listen together, dance together, and enjoy each other.
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