Gordie Fiddles as the kids dance


There are a ton of puns that use the “violin” both musically and as a waste of time. Canadian violinist Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman may be shocked that playing the violin is a waste of time too. Since becoming a song and dance performer at the age of six, he has grown into a dynamic and engaging performer. Gordie earned the nickname “Crazylegs” at the age of 14 for his enthusiastic performance at the Lunenburg Folk Harbor Festival. He is now expanding his reach to children’s music through his first family album, Folk for Little Folk, volume 1.
Folk for Little Folk, Volume 1

The space for revivalist American music spans a spectrum that includes jazz enthusiast Lucy Kalantari to blues enthusiast Jenn Cleary to root-reconstructing architect Red Yarn. The heartland was also a hotbed for traditional bluegrass, and Gordie brings his infectious combination of skillful fiddling and quick-footed dancing to the dance. And it’s quite a dance. Children who have been kindie schooled will be familiar with classics such as “All Around the Kitchen”, “Ladybugs’ Picnic”, “Oo-De-Lally” by Roger Miller and “Old MacDonald”. Gordie brings a modern sensibility to “Big Rock Candy Mountain” brown:

On the big rock candy mountain the wifi is good and strong
Nap is always optional and cartoons all day
Where love is all around you and the sun is shining everyday
I have to go where there is no snow
Where the rain doesn’t fall and the wind doesn’t blow
On the big rock candy mountain

Gordie contributes a number of original tracks that fit perfectly into his pickin ‘and grinnin’ mix, such as “Boogie Woogie Baby” and “Snaccident”, a song about throwing a happy bullet in the stomach, this which gives him a chance to show off his vocal dexterity and versatility. A “delicious surprise in your stomach”, indeed. Gordie MacKeeman can be a difficult name to see (or spell) right now. But as her songs enter your child’s brain, you’ll get used to her brand of lively interaction.

Folk for Little Folk, Volume 1 is available on the Gordie and Bandcamp website.

Here is the video for “Just Want to Be Loved By You” by Gordie MacKeeman and the Rhythm Boys:

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