Crackin' Foxy is a ukulele-driven ensemble featuring close three-part vocal harmony and tight instrumental arrangements. The Saranac Lake—based sextet is inspired by early 1930s swing but plays with a fresh and joyful energy all its own. Influences include the Boswell Sisters, Anette Hanshaw, Bessie Smith, Cole Porter and Django Reinhardt as well as Vaudeville and Hawaiian music.
Mark Hofschneider founded the band in 2010 after his wife suggested he play less banjo and more ukulele. Hofschneider, bassist Pat McAvoy and woodwind soloists Zack Jakob and Meggan Frost arrange hot rhythms against fast swing tempos to highlight the vocal harmonies of Shamim Allen and Sarah Curtis.