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Laura Doherty, Gunnar Madsen and more



CD: In a Heartbeat by Laura Doherty

From Chicago’s vibrant kindie scene, Laura Doherty embodies the genre’s backbone; she’s a folkie with audience connection. Outstanding acoustic players on her third CD In a Heartbeat serve her engaging songs well. Doherty’s is a friendly, warm voice that lives up to multiple listens. Her roots as a music educator sparkle in songs like “Electric Guitar” and “Drum Kit,” and she does right by the standard “Paper Moon.” Heartbeat is simple and lovely and lends itself to some nice parent/kid moments. I love this CD.


"Heartbeat," Laura Doherty


SONG: “Welcome to My Fog” by Gunnar Madsen

“Welcome to My Fog” grew from improvisations in live performances of Gunnar Madsen’s adult a capella band, The Bobs. This song about a kid who doesn’t need to be fixed, just accepted, was recorded when Madsen moved to kids’ music and found an audience receptive to the message of being “in the moment,” but not quite. Madsen sings it beautifully on his 2001 Ants in My Pants CD. Click here to hear.


CONCERTS: Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band and Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band

April presents two opportunities to catch outstanding kids’ performers gaining a mainstream following. World Café Live welcomes Philadelphia’s Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band April 12, just one element of an outstanding lineup this month. In Wilmington, DE, World Café Live at the Queen brings in Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band April 26. Both shows are perfect for the under-8 set, who may know both artists from regular appearances on the kids’ TV scene. Catch them in person while you still can.


"Choo Choo Train," Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band


"Blue Bear," Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band

Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM.

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