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Tumble Bee

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Laura Veirs

Tumble Bee

12" LP

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$15.99

Quick Overview

What do you get when you mix rollicking and soulful folk songs with captivating vocals and a first-rate mix of harmonies, guitars, banjo, piano, percussion, accordion, brass, strings and whistles? A topnotch family folk album, shaped, layered and made shiny new by skilled musicians led by vocalist Laura Veirs, whose voice is graceful, expressive and utterly charming. Each song is a memorable little jewel, from the familiar ''All the Pretty Little Horses'' and a version of ''Froggie Went A-Courtin' '' called ''King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O'' to Wood' Guthrie's ''Why Oh Why,'' Ruth Seeger's arrangement of ''Jack Can I Ride?'' and ''The Fox,'' based on a 15th century poem about a foxy late-night poultry raid. The one new song ''Tumble Bee,'' written by singer and multi-instrumentalist Karl Blau, fits right in.

Details

Most new parents are a bit lost when faced with the dilemma of weeding out the good children’s music from the bad. For musician couples, like singer/songwriter Laura Viers and her producer/husband Tucker Martine, the solution is simple; make your own. On the appropriately titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children, Viers and Martine, along with special guests Béla Fleck, Basia Bulat, Colin Meloy (Decemberists), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket), explore some of the genre’s oldest tunes, including work songs (“Jump Down Spin Around”), Civil War tunes (“Soldier’s Joy”), and even a calypso (“Jamaica Farewell”). Each cut is tastefully arranged and never cloying (kudos for allowing “All the Pretty Little Horses” to retain its subtle darkness), and Viers' simple, honest delivery helps to keep the mood fun, yet stable and sweet, without the inevitable sugar rush.

Additional Information

Artist Laura Veirs
Track Listing 1 Little Lap Dog Lullaby - 2:05 2 Prairie Lullaby - 3:42 3 Jack Can I Ride? - 1:56 4 Tumblebee - 2:35 5 King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O - 2:58 6 All the Pretty Little Horses - 2:16 7 The Fox - 2:14 8 Jump Down Spin Around - 1:51 9 Why Oh Why - 3:30 10 Down in the Medder - :31 11 Soldier's Joy - 2:48 12 Jamaica Farewell - 2:50 13 Prairie Dream - 1:21

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