Laura Veirs Interview, Press Round up


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’

“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

Listen at NPR

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How To Make The ‘Tumble Bee’ Hanging Mobile

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!

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

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’

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
Get tickets!

SUN, 12/4/2011 Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
3pm Afternoon Album Release Show
Get tickets!

…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
Get tickets!

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



“Little Lap Dog Lullaby” on All Songs Considered

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

‘Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs For Children’ Out November 8th.

We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Laura’s new album “Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children,” hitting the pavement November 8 on Raven Marching Band Records (N. America) and Bella Union (rest of the world). Produced by the great Tucker Martine, the album “plumbs the American songbook” and features guest appearances from Colin Meloy, Jim James, Bela Fleck, Karl Blau, Basia Bulat and Brian Blade among many others. Stay tuned for info about pre-ordering an album.  Coming soon… two new videos, a making-of-the-album video, and winter tour dates. Good times!

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Little Lap Dog Lullaby – Traditional
2. Prairie Lullaby – Billy Hill
3. Jack Can I Ride? – Traditional
4. Tumblebee – Karl Blau
5. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O – Traditional
6. All the Pretty Little Horses – Traditional
7. The Fox – Traditional
8. Jump Down Spin Around – Harry Belafonte
9. Why Oh Why – Woody Guthrie
10. Down in the Medder – Laura Veirs/Karl Blau
11. Soldier’s Joy – Jimmy Driftwood
12. Jamaica Farewell – Lord Burgess
13. Prairie Dream – Rob Burger