Post Folk Absurdist. Performed by Funkinships. 2016. Approx. 42 min. $13.99
Led by Derek McGee and Charlie Chamberlain, this album was partly created aboard the Mystic Whaler on the Hudson River. This silly and humorous album includes hip hop/rap, bluegrass, reggae and blues musical styles. The musicians perform primarily on stringed instruments such as guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and violin. “Sea Legs” encourages listeners to get up and dance along. “The Platypus and Steve Buscemi” describes the unique characteristics of platypuses, eels, penguins and bats. “Kid Van Winkle” will not stop playing his video game, having to beat one more level, as he grows older and older. In “Chicken Flap Fly,” Duke the rooster wants to be the first rooster to fly. In this partly spoken, partly sung story, the chickens eventually receive a postcard from Duke in Mexico who states that flying is the greatest thing in the world, but the walk to the airport was a pain in the tail feathers. “The Great Whale Ball” includes puns and double entendres. The other songs include “A Dragon Tale,” “If You Can’t Sing Well, Sing Loud,” “The Shad and the Eel,” “Nightmare on the Kid’s Menu,” and “Left Foot, Right Foot” which extols the benefits of walking. Both children and parents will enjoy singing along to these fun and lively tunes.