Charlottetown fiddler Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman will release his first album for kids and families, Folk for Little Folk Volume 1, on September 17.
The album features sonic round-up of traditional bluegrass, Western swing, and classic country. Joined by a group of folk musician pals, MacKeeman has put together a foot-stomping, spirited romp for all ages.
The fiddling wizard has wowed audiences around the world with his high-octane performances, “crazy legs” style of dancing, and mischievous music humour. The acclaimed performer and recording artist is also the father of three young children.
“Music was such an important part of my childhood, and now, as a father, it is one of my favourite activities to share with my children,” says 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.”
The opening track, “All Around the Kitchen,” is a specimen of old-time music with an abundance of double stops, drones, and bowing at supersonic speeds. “Snaccident” is an example of a “country patter” song with an uncommon sound and style, due, in large part, to MacKeeman’s lightning-fast vocals. Throughout the album, Gordie sings with superlative diction, allowing young ears a chance to easily catch the words. Other highlights include a version of the Sesame Street classic, “Ladybugs’ Picnic,” an extra-jolly “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” and the ubiquitous country standard “Mama Don’t Allow.”
MacKeeman has been an entertainer his entire life, but his official career began in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia when he was six years old. At 14, he played the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival for the first time, and that is where his contagious charisma and wild stage antics forever earned him the nickname “Crazy Legs.” Since moving to PEI in 2000, he has been part of projects with Scott Parsons, Nudie and The Turks, The Grass Mountain Hobos, and Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys.
Folk for Little Folk Volume 1 will be available at crazylegs.caand iTunes.