Tumble BeeSpring 2012 Music
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.