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The Hollow Trees

by The Hollow Trees

Folk Music for Families. Upbeat acoustic Americana for everyone. A great mix of old-time chestnuts, obscure gems, and fun new original songs.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Raccoon and Possum
1:25 $0.99
2. The Tailor and the Mouse
1:45 $0.99
3. Forest Melody
3:11 $0.99
4. Jack was Every Inch a Sailor
2:16 $0.99
5. The Black and White Pigeon (With the Eight Red Toes)
2:05 $0.99
6. Three Jolly Huntsmen
1:57 $0.99
7. Polly Wolly Doodle
2:08 $0.99
8. Everybody Has Hands
1:43 $0.99
9. The Little Engine that Could
2:47 $0.99
10. The Whale Song
1:17 $0.99
11. Nelson
3:02 $0.99
12. Little Black Bull
2:13 $0.99
13. Lavender Cowboy
2:09 $0.99
14. Bunny Hop
1:50 $0.99
15. Song of the Fishes
3:12 $0.99
16. Shoo Fly
1:18 $0.99
17. Buckeye Jim
1:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Hollow Trees are a “Folk Music for Families” group from Los Angeles who play acoustic music for the whole family.
Formed in 2004, they are led by Greg McIlvaine (aka Gregory Hollow Tree) on guitar and vocals and Laura Steenberge (aka Laura Hollow Tree) on upright bass and vocals.
Inspired by bluegrass, country, and folk music from days gone by, The Hollow Trees perform versions of many well known and obscure old classics. You'll hear animal songs like “Raccoon and Possum,” sea songs like “Jack was Every inch a Sailor,” train songs like “The Little Engine that Could,” and cowboy songs like “Lavender Cowboy.” They also play originals such as Greg’s “Nelson” and “Forest Melody” which help explain some of The Hollow Trees’ mythology, as well as the instant classic “Everybody has Hands” written by Laura.
Joining Greg and Laura on their 17 song CD are Rick Lyman on banjo, Dave Green on snare drum, and a whole bunch of friends and relatives on backing vocals and animal sounds.

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My son can't get enough of this CD!
All of the songs on this CD are so good, I find myself listening to it even when my kids are asleep. The upbeat, catchy tunes are fun for the whole family. We haven't stopped listening to it since we bought it!


It makes the kid happy!
I bought this for our 7-month-old (i know, he's too young to really get it, but I still try to be careful about the language he's exposed to) and turns out he totally loves it. I guess he's going to be a fan of bluegrass! The songs are witty, catchy and short --- perfect for a kid.

Jon Fojtik

The Hollow Trees make me smile and dance
I love this album so much I'm buying ten more and passing them out to friends. Songs range from bluegrass banjo two steppers to romping campfire singalongs. Every song is kid friendly and totally engaging. "Nelson" has these amazing harmonies that drift along like a train whistle. "The Little Engine that Could" takes me back to the days I would sing this very song, and reminds listeners to never give up despite any disadvantages. "Bunny Hop" isn't the song you think it is (this aint the famous Wedding reception version, oh no...). Incidentally, when the kids join in and make animal noises, its just too darn cute for words. I think I'm gushing a bit, but these Trees are one of the best bands out today. This CD is for adults who still are connected to their youth and for kids of all types.

Janet Jenkins

The Hollow Trees Rule!!
Listening to the Hollow Trees new CD has been one of my favorite
pastimes since getting my copy. I’ve found myself dancing around
the house, and humming along when I have it on.

I’ve enjoyed listening to the band’s reworking of old
favorites(Polly Wolly Doodle, Shoo Fly) as well as the original
material. The pace of the songs is so infectious and upbeat one is
either tapping their toes or truly dancing and prancing to the tunes.
Hey if you don’t dance then the whipper will (gotta love those
We had a 7 year old visiting today and she literally danced up a
storm and complemented us on our musical taste as she and her parents
were making their exit.
My favorite song is Nelson…such a great visual picture of this
funny animal with emerald green eyes wearing someone else’s socks!

I could go on and on…the band are all really great musicians, the
songs are fun and it feels like the musicians are really having fun
too…if I had to use one word besides fun to describe this CD, I’d
say infectious!

Thank you Greg and Laura and Rick and Dave and Molli and Taylor,Sam,
OS, Matt, Kelli, Sean,Michael, Michelle, Xander, Traci, Dillan, &

The cover illustration is extra cute also. Hollow Trees rule!