Featured Album: Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs
Spring 2012 Music
Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
Raven Marching Band
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 Woody 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.
For an extra treat, watch the video below to learn more about how Veirs’ album was made!
And, of course, you can stream the album below.