Great news! Mary's new book, TABITHA MARION EVELYN (Tabby Toodles) - A Book of Opposites, has received a 2017 Tillywig Parents' Favourite Product Award. SINGIN' ALONG AND ADVENTURE SONGS has won a 2017 Tillywig Best Family Fun Award! (USA)
AND a 2017 Parents' Choice, Classic Fun Stuff Award! (USA)
Complete Release Details Below... for new book and new CD.
REVIEW from TILLYWIG Toy and Media Awards - Book
This charming book delights readers with its exuberant illustrations, engagingly playful storyline and, most of all, with its loving depiction of the title character, a sweet, headstrong child named Tabitha Marion Evelyn. The writing is top-notch, with deeply satisfying rhymes and a natural-feeling rhythmic flow that effortlessly carries readers forward and keeps them wanting more. The exceptionally playful language follows a songlike ABABA form in which the A sections describe various aspects of Tabitha Marion Evelyn's personality and physical traits, while the B sections get maximum mileage (smileage, really) out of the interplay between opposites: black/white, day/night, yes/no, stop/go, and so on. As playful and humorous as these visual and verbal elements are, they also movingly express a mother's love and appreciation for her daughter and the mutually adoring bond they share, making this a joyful read for parents and children alike.
REVIEW from TILLYWIG Toy and Media Awards - CD
There is a whole lot of fun to be had listening to this captivating collection of music for the entire family. Liveliness and humor are chief among the array of winning ingredients that get kids and parents up on their feet, dancing and singing. Familiar favorites and equally engaging original material (written by Mary Lambert) reveal an unusually high level of musicianship as the band moves fluidly through genres that include blues, rock & roll, swing, and some absolutely electrifying bluegrass. There is a freshness to the arrangements and performances that makes even classic family songs sound new. 'I've Been Working on the Railroad,' with its dramatic train-chug opening, gorgeous vocal harmonies and alternating tempos is a particularly standout arrangement. There is over 50 minutes of music in all, 16 adventure-filled songs that amply demonstrate Mary and the band's ability to put ear-to-ear grins on listener's faces.
REVIEW from PARENTS' CHOICE Awards
"Canadian singer/songwriter/entertainer Mary Lambert serves up 16 songs to get kids dancing, moving and wiggling. Employing a plethora of musical styles, Lambert begins with the mid-tempo jazzy jive of "Singin' Along", followed by the horn-laden 50's style rock of "Just Dance", and country hoedown in the silly "Grandpa's Whiskers". Sheb Wooley's classic 1958 novelty song "The Purple People Eater", a funky rendition of "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly", and a bluegrass take on "She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain" add to the mix. Lambert's many original songs her lightly rocking ode to haberdashery "Wearing a Hat is Where it's At", the mock monster movie anti-mosquito music of "Mozzie Mash", and the encouraging "This is Really Hard to Do". She is aided by some excellent musicians throughout, including notably Dave Barton's expressive guitars, mandolin and horn arrangements. This is a light and fun album for younger children and their parents to listen to while they boogie around the house."
RELEASE DETAILS - BOOK
We are pleased to announce the release of TABITHA MARION EVELYN (TABBY TOODLES - A Book of Opposites. This new book is Mary Lambert’s first in a series, which will feature Tabby Toodles. Three other lovable characters, will be introduced in her second book, which is currently in the works.
TABITHA MARION EVELYN (TABBY TOODLES) - A Book of Opposites, stars Tabitha Marion Evelyn, who is a sweet, funny, contrary, strong-willed child. She loves to do the opposite of everything she is asked. She is loved! This book is suitable for all children, but targets ages 4-6 for learning about opposites. Perfect for preschools, elementary schools, libraries and families with young children.
Juno Award Nominee, Mary Lambert, is a family singer/songwriter/performer/author, and outstanding Canadian artist in the children's entertainment field. Her two Juno nominations and thirteen awards from the United States are a remarkable testimony to her talent and artistry. Since 1993, Mary has toured and performed well over 3,000 shows at elementary schools, libraries, daycares, music festivals and family focused events throughout Canada. Mary Lambert Productions has released 11 solo CDs, and two live concert DVDs and one children's book. The book, Tabitha Marion Evelyn, is based on an original song, created by Mary Lambert, found on her Monkey Sing, Monkey Do CD.
Illustrator, Zavoc Dayne (pseudonym), lends his talent to this book, as the character of Tabby Toodles comes alive with her knobby knees, freckles, hazel-green eyes, and cute, up-turned nose. Zavoc was trained in the house of a classical artist and is a traditionalist. He attended The Alberta College of Art and design and received a diploma in Drawing; he then trundled off to The University of Calgary for another few years where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In the years since, he has plied his trade as an illustrator and designer in all sorts of places, both public and private. From large scale etched glass mural designs in some of Calgary’s most prestigious office spaces to music CD’s and cover designs, his work has cropped up in all sorts of places.
TABITHA MARION EVELYN can be purchased by going to Mary’s online store on her website at www.marylambertmusic.com, or after any live Mary Lambert presentations in your community.
RELEASE DETAILS - CD
Juno Award Nominee, Mary Lambert, has released her 11th solo CD, after a five year recording hiatus. During these past five years, Mary moved across the country, from Ontario to Alberta, and then took a two year break due to a close family member's struggle with cancer. Mary has been working on this project for the past two years, and it has been wonderful to be involved in the creative process again.
We are pleased to announce the release of SINGIN' ALONG AND ADVENTURE SONGS. This new CD is Mary Lambert's best yet, featuring original, traditional and popular songs from years gone by. Mary is accompanied by fantastic musicians, and amazing children who come from all over Alberta and Ontario to lend their singing, laughing, and pirate sounds. The project was recorded at Summit Sound Recording Studio, in Westport, Ontario. (see complete list of musicians and children who participated below)
SINGIN' ALONG AND ADVENTURE SONGS features over 50 minutes of sing-along, dance-along and adventure songs with amazing musicianship. Parents will love to listen as much as their kids! This CD will take listeners on a pirate adventure, a wagon ride through Mary's new home town of Calmar, Alberta, and much, much more. Dance the twist, dance to keep mosquitos (mozzies) away, move robot style, play the air guitar, get your spooky on, learn the arm swing, visit Grammy's House, have an encounter with a Purple People Eater, take a trip on the railroad, and see if you can discover what "The Thing" is..
Of the 16 songs found on this CD, seven are original, never before released. Songs include: Singin' Along; Just Dance; Grandpa's Whiskers; Grammy's House; Horsey Horsey; The Purple People Eater; A Pirate's Life Fer Me; I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly; My Little Red Wagon; She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain; Wearing a Hat is "Wear" it's At; I've Been Working on the Railroad; The Mozzie Mash; This is Really Hard To Do; The Thing and The Quartermaster Store.
SINGIN' ALONG AND ADVENTURE SONGS was released on April 1st, 2017, and you can purchase the CD by going to Mary's website at www.marylambertmusic.com, download at iTunes, or purchase after any live Mary Lambert concerts in your area. This CD is perfect for long road trips, or home/day care/school sing-along/dance-along time. We hope you will enjoy listening, singing and dancing along to this new CD!
Eva Kolomitro - Kingston, Makenzie Willis-Barrie - Jasper, Jovi Daw - Westport, Cydni Daw - Westport, Emily Hogan - Carleton Place, Ella Choquette - Waterloo, Emerson Choquette - Waterloo, Savannah Hayfron-Benjamin - Perth, Rylie Chabot - Orangeville, Fiona Forest - North Bay, Gabby Lemke - Plevna, Megan Hogan - Wolfe Island, Alyssa Hogan - Wolfe Island, Marissa Malow - Orangeville, Nathan Rowden - Kingston.
Blake Barnett - Magrath, Ty Barnett - Magrath, Amelia Barnett - Magrath, Ava Rodrigues -Penhold, Hudson Griffith - Leduc, Emmalee Francis - Calmar, Nadia Ricci - Calgary, Lexus Hardy - Sylvan Lake, Teagan Carlyle - Red Deer, Vesper Gerbrandt - Leduc, Bailey Verhaeghe - St. Albert, Ryker Quattek - Viking, Dalany Smith - Red Deer, Everly Picardo - St Albert, Ava Rodrigues - Penhold, Chloe Verhaeghe - St. Albert, Jaxyn Ross - Calgary, Maddie Ritter - Cochrane.
Frank Rose - Belleville, "Dirt" Jerry Clancy - Kingston, Jeremy Daw - Kingston, Doug Johnson - Brantford, Dave Barton - Kingston, Steve Piticco - Brighton, Pete Pereira - Chesterville, Taylor Donaldson - Montreal, Mike Verner - Amherstview, Don Reed - Sudbury, Dave Daw - Westport. Background vocals, Libby Olsen - Barrie.