Award-winning Charlottetown, PEI-based family-folk artist Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman the instructive new single “All Around The Kitchen.”
A stress-shedding little ditty with toe-tapping fiddle and an infectious rhythm, “All Around The Kitchen” is fun for the whole family with prompts for the next dance move: “Put your hands on your hips/ Let your right foot slip.” This is then followed by the pretzel-like “Stop right still/ Put your hand on your head/ Your other hand on your toe.” Of course, with the song’s looping chorus of “Cockadoodle doodle doo,” full-on chicken improvisation is strongly encouraged, if not required.
Merely one playful song from MacKeeman’s entirely fun and raucous two-part album Folk For Little Folk, the project was penned during the pandemic when MacKeeman became more acutely aware of how he might entertain his own children.
“We spent many long days listening to music, dancing, and creating music,” he recalls.
He then recorded the album, mostly live, with the help of some of the best musicians on Prince Edward Island. It was a welcome project, considering they had all been cooped up in their homes for way too long.
“We had all been deprived of live performance, and it was really exciting to play together again,” MacKeeman says. “We did have a little bit of help from some friends from afar creating this album. Dom Flemons, of the famed Carolina Chocolate Drops, was able to add his amazing percussion to a few songs.”
Gordie MacKeeman’s contagious charisma and wild stage antics have earned him the nickname “Crazylegs” and make him the perfect fit for entertaining children and molding young minds. When not on the road, Gordie works as a daycare teacher and knows how to get kids dancing.
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