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‘Tumble Bee’ Out Today!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The latest:

London Times CD of The Week

“It sort of creeps up on you. I was five songs into Laura Veirs’ new record before I realised it was an dalbum of children’s songs. …So despite the ostensible targeting of Tumble Bee it’s a sensible purchase for Veirs fans of any age.” -London Times

“Children like Laura Veirs.  Nothing strange about that – they also like furry animals.  So there is something unsurprising aboout her creation of an entire album dedicated to the ears of the tinies:  13 songs for the young, some written by Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Harry Belafonte, all arranged by longstanding collaborator Tucker Martine to draw on the most innocent timbres of the Americand folk tradition.  It is, almost inevitably, charming.”  – The Independent

“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.” – All Music

“Slowly but surely, confidently and quietly, Laura Veirs has become a significant presence among American folk artists.
…Following in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, and Pete Seeger, Veirs and Martine have plumbed the American songbook for tunes that might help reignite in today’s children a passion for singing and song.” – Popmatters

Tumble Bee is a lovely album through and through. Fans of Elizabeth Mitchell’s and Dan Zanes’ family albums should be especially drawn to it, though this trawls narrower, folkier waters.  It’s a small gem, and while it’s not actually a Folkways album, it’s a kindred spirit to that tradition. Highly recommended.” – Zooglobble

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Laura Veirs Interview, Press Round up

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Laura’s first Tumble Bee related interview went up today at

Zooglobble: What are your earliest musical memories?
Laura Veirs: I definitely remember Dad singing me to sleep. He plays very casually — the piano, guitar, charango. By very casual, I mean almost “half-correct.” It was nice not to have that pressure.

I actually don’t know how to read music, which, now that I’m a parent puts me in a bit of a dilemma. For me it’d be nice to play piano with my son and have him play along, but I’d prefer him to have the joy…

Read it here.

Meanwhile, other press has been rolling in and we are delighted.

“The goodwill is unmistakable.” – NPR

“It’ll leave you—and any kids you know—with a beaming grin through simple yet elegant arrangements and spirited production that taps into everyone’s purity, innocence and youthful exuberance.” – American Songwriter

“Thematically, Veirs draws on all the light and shade, sadness and shadows of traditional nursery rhymes and fairy tales. And so we find vigilantes and mountain shacks, bales of cotton, bivouacs and Kingston town, as well as a whole fluttering, fidgeting menagerie – foxes, birds, elephants, frogs and mice, cows and geese. It’s a subject matter that seems to suit Veirs’ tone; her voice perhaps never sounded so sad and lovely as it does when carried along on the clip-clop of some hushed lullaby: “When you wake you will have cake / And all the pretty little horses.”” -BBC

“That this is an album for children shouldn’t deter grown-up fans of Veirs, who will find her customary blend of wisdom and whimsy all present and correct.” (****) – Uncut

“Following the birth of her first child, the underappreciated Laura Veirs recorded an album of mostly traditional folk songs for children, which has charm beyond the nursery: ‘Little Lap Dog Lullaby; and ‘All The Pretty Little Horses’ are as beautiful as anything from Sufjan Steven’s ‘Seven Swans’ and the record whips by on a breeze…” – NME

First Listen: Laura Veirs, ‘Tumble Bee’

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

“Veirs and her husband, longtime producer and collaborator Tucker Martine, have a relatively new baby at home. (For evidence, don’t miss an uncomfortably pregnant Veirs’ sweet Tiny Desk Concert from early 2010.) As a result, warm, homey sincerity — a mother singing to her baby son — seeps out of every second of Tumble Bee’s brisk 30-minute run time. Whether she’s singing little Tennessee Veirs Martine to sleep (“Prairie Lullaby,” “All the Pretty Little Horses”), revisiting kiddie standards (“Jump Down Spin Around”) or singing a memorable duet with The Decemberists‘ Colin Meloy (“Soldier’s Joy”), the goodwill is unmistakable.” – Stephen Thompson, NPR

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Check Out this “Occupy LA” Video With LV’s Song “Icebound Stream”

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

How To Make The ‘Tumble Bee’ Hanging Mobile

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Inside each Tumble Bee CD and LP is a DIY mini mobile kit. Here Laura gives us some pointers on how to craft it!

Pick up a copy in the Raven Marching Band Boutique by Wed November 3rd to get yours signed and delivered by the release date Nov 8th (in N. America).

Some fresh advance praise:

“There are times her voice is so beautiful I get a lump in my throat as in the languid and mysterious Prairie Lullaby. But lest you think this is a slow-moving lullaby CD, keep listening and things pick up with songs like Jack Can I Ride? and the dizzying tongue-twister Jump Down Spin Around, with backup singers who sound like they are having too much fun….She even has vinyl, be still my retro heart.”

“‘Tumble Bee’ a revelation.  I already want to buy four copies for the young families I know here in town. Why shouldn’t music for children be music that we want to hear too, with interesting instruments and arrangements?  Any of these songs could be on one of Laura’s records and you wouldn’t necessarily hear them as ‘children’s’ music.  It’s more than the sum of it’s parts. I can absolutely play this record!!”

– Sara Willis, DJ, Maine Public Radio



‘Tumble Bee’ Pre-order On Now!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Laura’s new album, Tumble Bee will be officially released on November 8. But you, dear person, can order it here now and Laura will sign it for you. Indeed, you can buy all kinds of merch: cds and vinyl that come with DIY mobiles, album downloads, beautiful posters and also t-shirts in adult and kid’s sizes, and onesies! These make great holiday gifts for the kids and parents in your life (hint hint!). Here’s what some folks who have heard it have to say:

“A brilliant kids record that anyone who loves good music will appreciate.” – James Mercer (The Shins)

“I love this record! It proves that the best children’s songs never get old.” – Sufjan Stevens

“This is a luminous, smart, essential and truly extraordinary album.” – Elizabeth Mitchell


Like for Lullaby Download

Click here to become a fan of Laura on Facebook and receive a free download of the first track of the album, “Little Lap-Dog Lullaby.” (If you’re already a fan, just head over and click the download link waiting for you.)

The Making Of ‘Tumble Bee’ Video

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

From Paste Exclusive:
For her forthcoming record, singer/songwriter Laura Veirs has stepped out to create a children’s album titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children. Veirs and her husband Tucker Martine put together a collection of re-worked kids songs as well as an a single original collaborative song with Karl Blau. In addition, Tumble Bee also features the likes of Basia Bulat, Colin Meloy, Jim James, Bela Fleck and Brian Blade.  Click to watch at Paste.


Laura to Play All Ages Shows in Support of ‘Tumble Bee’

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

US Dates

SAT, 11/12/2011 Music Millenium, Portland OR,
3pm Free In-store and Signing

SAT, 12/3/2011 Vera Project, Seattle, WA
3pm Afternoon Album Release Show
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SUN, 12/4/2011 Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
3pm Afternoon Album Release Show
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…And look for Laura to come to your neck of the woods in the US in Febuary!

UK Tour

(The theatres are usually 14+ and the standing venues 18+.)

MON, 30/1/2012 Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
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TUE, 31/01/2012  Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
tickets on presale 29/09/2011 10:00:00

WED, 01/02/2012 The Lowry, Salford Quays, UK
tickets on presale 29/09/2011 10:00:00

THU, 02/02/2012 The Sage 2, Gateshead, UK
tickets on presale 29/09/2011 10:00:00

SAT, 04/02/2012 The Library at HMV Institute, Birmingham
tickets on presale 29/09/2011 10:00:00



Euro Mini-Fall Tour

Monday, September 26th, 2011

“Little Lap Dog Lullaby” on All Songs Considered

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton theorizes on Tumble Bee (The forthcoming collection of folk songs for children), “I’m guessing that what she thought as a mother, as new parents often do, they realize there’s no good music for children to listen to.”

“And the father of that child is Tucker Martine,” chimes in host Bob Boilen. “Tucker Martine is no slouch to music.  He’s made some of the best records of the decade.”

“When I first saw it I thought this could be a groaner… I don’t know, but I put it on and fell in love immediately”, confessed Hilton.  “How could I have doubted for a second that Tucker Martine and Laura Veirs would put out a great Children’s record?  …That’s the trick with children’s music right?  It’s not children’s music, it’s music for children and it’s something that the parents can enjoy too.”

Listen to the show and hear the song at