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Tumble Bee

Laura VeirsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Prairie Lullaby 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Jack Can I Ride 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tumblebee 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. All The Pretty Little Horses 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Fox 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jump Down Spin Around 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Why Oh Why 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Down In The Medder0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Soldier's Joy 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Jamaica Farewell 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Prairie Dream 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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From one of the country’s most inimitable songwriters – Portland, Oregon’s Laura Veirs – comes her ninth full-length album. Beautiful, lush and at times deeply dark, "Warp and Weft" captures the intensity of motherhood, love and violence. Primarily electric-guitar driven, it is a fever dream of an album and could well be Veirs’ best work to date. It ... Read more in Amazon's Laura Veirs Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven Marching Band Records
  • ASIN: B005OQU78U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Laura Veirs' new album is a collection of folk songs for children called Tumble Bee. Recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine in their home in Portland, Oregon in the spring of 2011, it covers a wide range of American folk songs, from early 20th century work songs to the ballads of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger and Harry Belafonte. Veirs and Martine have made a jaunty and moving album to be enjoyed by children as well as all fans of Veirs' earlier work.


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. --Parents Choice Award Gold Medal

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Looking to take a bit of a break after a long tour and giving birth to her son, Portland-based singer-songwriter Laura Veirs decided to do a kids album. But instead of writing a dozen or more songs with kid-friendly themes, she decided to research kid-appropriate folk songs. The result is titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children -- a simple, direct title reflecting the simple, direct music inside.

Many of the dozen songs (plus an instrumental reprise) on Tumble Bee will sound familiar to a long-term listener of music for kids or anyone who has more than a couple Smithsonian Folkways albums. (There is but one wholly original track, the title cut.) "All the Pretty Little Horses," "The Fox," "King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O" -- these aren't songs that Veirs rescues from obscurity -- they're part of the (American) folk canon. Nor is "Jump Down Spin Around," which Raffi nicked from Leadbelly (and recorded it as "Pick a Bale o' Cotton"). But that latter track -- which Veirs credits to Harry Belafonte (she was struck by his version of the track) -- is given an extra boost of energy on the new album, with a chorus of friends singing along in response to Veirs' words and adding a few stomps for emphasis.

I'd call Tucker Martine's production of his wife's music as unfussy, designed to highlight Veirs' voice and the classic melodies -- why get in the way? Bela Fleck provides lovely (but not showy) banjo work on on "King Kong Kitchie." Colin Meloy duets with Veirs on "Soldier's Joy," making it sound a little bit like a track from some Bizarro Decemberists album where all the song have happy endings. And perhaps my favorite vocal turn is from Veirs herself, yodeling on "Prairie Lullaby.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk Songs for Everyone November 9, 2011
By tesg
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While marketed as 'folk songs for children', this is really a great album anybody can love.

There isn't a miss here. Veirs and producer/husband Tucker Martine deliver thirteen beautiful tracks...mostly traditional covers...arranged in a traditional folk style. It goes by quickly, maybe a little too quickly. Or maybe it simply doesn't overstay its welcome.

Either way, it's a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Album From Laura November 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Laura for a couple of years now. She has a unique sound that quickly grows on you. This album is playful and fun. She calls it a children's album, but it is just as much a joy for adults as children. Whether you are a long time fan like me or new to Laura's work, this album will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music and a Little bit of History June 6, 2014
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My kids love this CD and I don't mind listening to it over and over with them. I enjoyed reading about the bits of history that inspired each song to be included in the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love, love this album! February 28, 2014
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We adore Laura Veirs' Tumble Bee album. The songs are catchy, toe-tappy, and soothing - just plain fun to listen to! This is definitely a children's album that parents will enjoy along with their kids. We all find ourselves humming and singing these songs when we aren't listening to the CD! We love the history of the songs that Laura includes on the insert in the CD. Some of the songs are quite touching and even provide some good opportunities to discuss history with our son - "Mommy, why are the birds and butterflies pecking at the lamb's eyes?" after hearing All the Pretty Little Horses. Don't hesitate about getting this album. Our only regret is that we didn't buy it sooner! We borrowed it from the library so many times that we felt like we owned it already! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it, and so do I December 22, 2013
By Livpro
Format:Audio CD
I heard "Soldiers Joy" while listening to a baby radio station on the TV and immediately looked up the rest of the album. This is the first song my daughter danced to! I got the rest of the album and she LOVES it and dances and gets super excited every time we play it. It has almost become a daily ritual to play it first thing in the morning while I'm making breakfast. She's almost 10 months and this is her favorite music. I love it too! I love that it's not too "kiddy", and I can actually enjoy the music too. I love singing along!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great shape September 15, 2013
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Came perfect
The liner notes were great no creases
The cd had no scratches on it
Just perfect shape yup
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, catchy lullabies August 28, 2013
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My daughter, who was living in France, asked me to purchase this particular CD as a "birth" present when she delivered her little girl. This CD provided many hours of listening enjoyment for my daughter and her husband and newborn Lily...Lily is now 19 months old and still loves the tunes in this CD. Every song is a delight. I heartily recommend this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Miss K S Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful for you and the kids.
I'm fairly fortunate that my kids (all three from ages 2 to almost 7) react strongly to music when it's on and that's generally whatever music I happen to be listening to which is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jonathon M. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Children's Album ever
My daughter has been in love with this CD for 2 years now (she is 3.5). My husband and I both listened to Laura Veirs before this children's CD came out, so it is a win-win-win... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars baby loves this album, and so do I!
My husband and I saw Laura Viers open for the Decembrists several years ago, and loved both her beautiful music and clear vocal stylings. Read more
Published 19 months ago by neurogirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Laura Veirs is wonderful
My baby only 3 weeks old so she didn't actually tell me she likes this album, but her dad and I certainly do. I am a long-time Laura Veirs fan and this album is really great. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ms. Piper Valentine
3.0 out of 5 stars Tumble Bee
Love Laura Veirs but did not realize when I purchased this CD, that it's comprised of children's songs. Gave it to friends with a 6 yr old and he loves it! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tracy C. Badger
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for music time with your child
This album is not only fun for children the adults will love it as well! It is a celebration of folk music, foot stomping fun and hand clapping musicality! Read more
Published 21 months ago by lolob
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Laura Veirs album
This album is great. It's a bit more playful than any of her other records, but it's something that kids and adults can both enjoy.
Published on January 16, 2012 by Carl Hancock
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