Gordie “Crazylegs” MacKeeman’s new album Folk for Little Folk Volume 1 is infectiously joyful — even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a country- or folk-music fan. (Red Yarn devotees, these songs are totally your jam.) MacKeeman’s frantic fiddling drives the tracks. And that fiddle makes it hard to listen and stand still, especially on tracks All Around the Kitchen, Get Out There and Dance, Boogie-Woogie Baby and Hop High Ladies. At the very least, your foot will start tapping, but there’s a high likelihood that a full-blown dance party will erupt. Also on the album: The most up-tempo Hokey Pokey you’ve ever heard. (And there are plenty of funny gems tucked into the lyrics — on Big Rock Candy Mountain “the wifi is good and strong” is listed as one of the never-ending benefits of that magical place.) But it’s the truly outstanding musicianship that makes Folk for Little Folk an album that grown-ups will enjoy as much as their kids.

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