Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tanya Donelly, Jenny Owen Youngs, and Julie Peel: Sing Me To Sleep

Redefining what it means to rock a baby to sleep, American Laundromat Records (ALR) recently released its latest compilation, Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies, on May 18. A show featuring kindie songs performed by album contributor Tanya Donelly is planned for June 13 at Joe’s Pub in New York City, starting at 12 p.m. (Normally we don't talk about events outside of CT, but this is in support of Connecticut-based ALR.)

The 14-song album features classic and modern-day children’s lullabies as envisioned by The Leisure Society, Donelly and other indie-rock stalwarts. Sigur RĂ³s’ song appears on a special sold-out limited edition, and another version includes seven bonus tracks. All proceeds from the album’s sale will go to The Valerie Fund, a non-profit group that benefits children with blood disorders. Check out our review here.

Donelly will be backed by a full jazz ensemble and supported by fellow lullaby artists Jenny Owen Youngs and Julie Peel. This all-ages, kid-friendly party will include face painting, free souvenirs and door prizes for its younger attendees. Families who receive care as part of The Valerie Fund plan to attend. Limited tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children under 12 years old and available only through On May 15, super-psyched kindie kids danced and sang along to songs performed by The Leisure Society and The Real Tuesday Weld as part of a promo show for the album at Union Chapel in London. Donations totaling $530.00 were collected for the NSPCC, a UK charity committed to ending child abuse. Future show dates are being scheduled in the U.S. and Canada and will be announced on the album's website,, and the label’s site,

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