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Laura Veirs’ music has always had a sweetly melodic, lullaby quality, so gearing an album toward children seems fitting for this singer/songwriter. The younger set won’t be the only ones smitten by this charming collection of mostly traditional American folk songs. Tumble Bee was recorded by Veirs’ husband, esteemed producer and musician Tucker Martine, and it includes guest appearances by Bela Fleck, Brian Blade, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. The performers are clearly having a good time, and the songs are a delight, featuring inventive arrangements and a fun smattering of instruments (fiddles, percussion, guitars, mouth harps). Several tunes (“Little Lap Dog Lullaby,” “Prairie Lullaby,” and “All the Pretty Horses” among them) are suitable for naptime. But most of the tracks—especially “Jack Can I Ride” and “Jump Down Spin Around”—will have wee ones (and others) dancing in the living room and singing along. Tumble Bee is an endearing and enjoyable album that kids will love and parents won’t mind hearing over and over again.

Customer Reviews


I love your music! Your voice is beautiful and the songs you write are lovely! I recommend these songs for children or adults! They are so lovely!:)

Beautiful, sweet, stimulating and intelligent music for children and adults, alike.

I will buy this album for Violet, my friend's daughter. It's classy, original, intelligent and stimulating. Plain good music. Not that drivel, called kids music, that has been raising the last few generations to be musically illiterate and unmusical. Oh, and I'm also downloading a few of these to my iPod. True quality is never just for kids.

Oh, Why Can't All Kids Music Be This Good?

I took my daughter to see the Tumblebees a few months ago. She has not stopped talking about it since. This CD is on permanent rotation
in our house. The mixture of originals and good old folk standards is delightful. Please, more, soon.


Born: 1973 in Colorado

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Seattle singer/songwriter Laura Veirs sings personal songs of romantic intoxication, everyday vignettes, and occasional social commentary that are often heavy on introspection and intense character scrutiny. Her vocals and melodies rapidly shift and veer, up and down her wide vocal range. She put out her own self-titled CD, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. Though she went to the studio for her next album, The Triumphs & Travails of Orphan Mae, it too was self-released (though...
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