Dateline: Landroval 7/30/14
There can be no question, Landroval is the place to be for music in Middle-earth. There are a
few events that have been significant contributors to other acts and aspiring musikers. Among
those who have been outstanding in that respect are Ales & Tales and Les Beaux Chapeaux.
Playing their first concert as a quartet of Tromblon, Bredouille, Fincin, and Piperia this week
Les Beaux Chapeaux celebrated their first anniversary with a special concert and a big band
numbering ten or more players. A really large audience was on hand for the event and I must
admit I was quite impressed when the band offered a list of the guest artists that have
performed over the past year. Here is a list of those performers.
14th of July - Mr Everdir
21st of July 2013 - Xandrin
28th of July 2013 - Mr Eddenwulf and Mr Everdir
4th of August 2013 - Anricwulf
11th of August - Odhette
18th of August - Merlinor and Cellindis
25th of August - Camara
8th of September - Orladan & Sholah
15th of September - Da Bugans
29th of September - Birds of a Feather
6th of October - No Whole Bard
20th of October - Bara Bahau
27th of October - Lady Tessariel
3rd of November - Animal House
10th of November - Shadow Company's band
24th of November - Toe Jam
8th of December - Galzagar
15th of December - Vanimor
22nd of December - Mr Leikrad
29th of December - Thistle and Shamrock
12th of January - Mrs Aevireth and Mr Daylak
19th of January - *Winterstock* The Remediators
26th of January - Lady Fionwyn
2nd of February - Runic Knight[s] Orchestra
9th of February - Flock of Smeagols
16th of February - Die Meisterbarden von Bree
23rd of February - Mr Beno
2nd of March - Lady Kattalina
9th of March - Lady Melanie
16th of March - Just Abby
23rd of March - Mr Tamoro and Mrs Tearna
30th of March - Miss Bittercress
6th of April - The Breetles
13th of April - Old Winyards
20th of April - Mondbarden
27th of April - Durin's Military Medical Corps
4th of May - DisEnchanted
11th of May - Troll Finger
18th of May - Mr Krohkur
25th of May - Miss Petaline
8th of June - Miss Ereylen
15th of June - Barrow-Iron Maiden
22nd of June - Bright Star
29th of June - Mr Lifimun
6th July - GHMS [Editors detail: Green Hill Music Society]
13th of July - Dolwood Tavern Band
These guest appearances helped launch the successful performing careers of many of these
Kudos to you Les Beaux Chapeaux. We at the Free Press look forward to your next performing
Here is the report for this week from our ace reporter Hollyberye.
Green Dragon Friday 25 July 14
“Welcome to the Green Dragon everyone!” cried our hostess, Miss Lina Willowwood, reminding us
“ter drink regularly so yer don't dry out in the heat!” Miss Lina ushered in the evening of
songs, stories and riddles with an evocative song about the Stock Road, very dangerous sounding
Our friend Penina read another exciting letter from her brother Ponso, who was actually
scouting for the dwarves, his traveling companies along with the Gaffer and dear Miss Rosa.
Despite looking for legions of orcs and foul beasts, he found time to make Rosa a posy. Before
Thorn & Roses performed, we enjoyed the lovely music of solo artist Dassa Boggins, and from the
five member hobbit lass group, Brandywine and Biscuits. That included Gisoldica treating us to
a song, the subject of which was something very close to her heart: Golden Ale! Apri sang a
very fetching tune about Green Dragon Night, to something quite familiar (“Born to be Wild”).
During the news interlude, Acorne announced on our behalf that Andune Ensemble will be playing
on Laurelin Tuesday, August 12th at 3PM server time at 2 Chalk Road in the Oldfurlong
neighborhood. Mark your calendars—this will be a simply splendid concert. I happen to know
that the band leader is pulling out all the stops to keep the crowd highly entertained with
great music and very clever lyrics.
Miss Acorne very kindly agreed to join Pipes and Hollybeary in the Thorn & Roses performance at
the Green Dragon. We extend our regrets to Miss Rosafina and hope she hurries back to the
Shire. First up was a traditional song called “The Sun is Burning,” a very pretty song
suitable for a day spent out fishing under the hot rays. As Lina said, “Well thorned and
rosed.” “Goodbye Earl,” who we wish well on his travels, was followed by “The Kentucky
Bootlegger” for “a bit of bop,” said Pipes. That was a terrifically happy tune! All in all,
as Anerra said, “what nice summer songs.”
Andune Ensemble 27 July 2014
Geoffroi, Hollyberye, Atear, Corulin, Linaric, Lilikate, Braxwald, Quini and Fayeh played to a
lovely audience of loyal Andune Ensemble fans this past Sunday at their usual spot on the Bree
Stage just across from the Prancing Pony. “Let’s start with something jolly, shall we?”
suggested Geoffroi as the band launched into “The Jolly Beggarman.” Wrenlhin, also known to us
as Lhinthel, sang the lyrics to her lovely “Poetry in Motion” next.
“Now for a tune from our newest kin member, Serbryt,” announced Geoffroi as we played “Falling
For You” by Colbie Caillat. It is wonderful that such a talented musician and genuinely nice
person has joined our ranks and we know that Serbryt was feeling humbled and touched to hear
his own piece played by the Andune Ensemble.
Other great selections from the concert included “Back on the Chain Gang Aagin” by The
Pretenders, The Moody Blues’ “Your Wildest Dreams,” and “something dark and gloomy now—like the
inside of my wallet, never sees daylight,” said Geoffroi as we began Fever Ray’s “If I Had a
Heart.” We played a song dedicated to the Lady Shinarra “The Spanish Lady,” as well as Fayeh’s
sweet transposition of “Believe” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Lhinnthel’s “She Talks to
Angels” was beautifully accompanied from the audience by her own hobbit friend, Wrenlhin.
The audience stirred with anticipation when band leader Geoffroi introduced “another slow,
smoochy dance now, grab your partner and get close!” Some of us on stage were prohibited from
getting close (Geoffroi runs a tight ship!) but we certainly sent out our kisses...this was
“The Waltz of Chihiro” and ever so pretty. Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” preceded one we
hadn’t heard in ages, “The Bard’s Song” by Blind Faith. Calliraen echoed the sentiments of
many when she said it sounded Dwarven and was quite lovely. The last official song was the
really very splendid “Erana’s Peace” by Mark Seibert and transcribed by our very own Eliye.
There would be no Andune Ensemble in Bree-land without drumming in an encore or two, and the
band left the audience happy with Gordon Lightfoot’s “Rainbow Trout” and Huey Smith’s “Sea
Cruise.” It was a very fun concert for all concerned.
The folks running the Month a the Chicken have made a few additions to their event as follows.
Please check out the Lotro forums for more details.
- a few runs to Rivendell, hosted by the Courserrim & friends. For folks who want t' be readies
fer the Crosser a' Roads event on the 30th, you now have multiple guaranteed escorted events to
Rivendell t' get you even closer t' the coveted Golden Chicken!
- another race...Forsaken Fowls!
- a training class jes for Chicken Tenders!
Also...the clock is ticking! Sign ups for the Tiny Tourney at Hobnannigans is ongoing, but
please don't wait til the last minute to sign up! Get yer team organized and accounted for!
We also bring you the following report from Lhinnthel on Ales & Tales Extreme from this week.
Ales & Tales Extreme at Nar's Peak
Ales and Tales went Extreme last Monday evening when Lady Byrcha scheduled a visit to Nar's
Peak in Edenwaith.
Master of Ceremonies, Tamoro, opened the show by introducing Old Winyards! This week, the house
band included Byrcha, Tamoro, Sonca, Bittercress, Stemo, Ovarr, Tomeoric, Amberflower and
Featured acts included a woeful tale from Krohkur, all bout the horrible gwibers who would like
to eat his defenseless and beautiful goat. We hope they survived the journey back to Bree!
Bittercress then shared two heartfelt songs that had the audience weeping and cheering at once.
Her 'Frodo's Prayer' and 'Fine Flowers In the Valley' were simply beautiful.
We were delighted to be joined by the lovely Lady Melanie this week! She shared an old favorite
that told of a young girl and her unrequited love.
Then, we were treated to a song from the wonderful trio of Lady Melanie, Lady Madaelin and
Master Brenstan! A beautiful piece!
To end the acts portion of the show - another treat! Lady Abbaraniel sang us a smile with her
song of friends - quite the tear-jerker and we loved it!
Tamoro shared weekly announcements midway, announcing that August 18th would be the 5th
Anniversary of Ales & Tales. You'll have to attend to see what we're planning for the special
Sonca led musical mentoring, and with help from the generous minstrels in the audience, several
folks went away with a new musical skill and a smile!
Old Winyards final dance set began with Abbaraniel joining the band to sing The Mummer's Dance
- such a lovely voice! The set picked up the pace with some old favorite - 'Perfect Song', sung
by Tomeoric and 'All Because of You' and 'Run Like Hell' from Lady Byrcha being much cheered
for! Keli's 'Rum' seemed to be another big favorite of the eve with shouts of 'RUM!' and 'Where
has all the rum gone?' going up from band and audience members alike! Some thought Tomeoric
responsible for the shortage and speculated his horn was full of the delicious drink - we may
It was a special evening and we'd all like to say thank you, to everyone who braved the
treacherous terrain and many foes in order to reach the peak and dance with us! Please join us
next week, we'll be visiting Sandson's Farm for the annual month of the chicken festivities!
Bring your chicken mask!
On the Music Scene
Free Press reporters were really busy this week attending all or part of many concerts. It is
particularly pleasing to see strong attendance for concerts put on by bands, both old and new.
The wseek began for our staff with a visit to the In the Park Concert performed by Bright Star,
a band who has members associated with numerous other bands, also.
Friday I really enjoyed the Blues theme concert put on by the KrAbbys by the rock outside the
Prancing Pony, a departure from their recent past show performed by the farm just out south of
Bree. A really big audience was on hand for this fine performance of the blues a speciality
the KrAbbys are particularly good at.
Saturday "the rock" was again the scene of a concert put on by Under the Starlit Sky. I was
particularly impressed by the sizeable audience made up almost entirely of folks I rarely or
never asee at other concerts. Kudos to Under the Starlit Sky for bringing music to a new group
of enthusiastic fans.
Later Saturday evening another fine audience was on hand for the usual marathon performance by
Animal HOuse by the Prancing Pony Stables. I was thrilled to see renowned dancers Berynun and
Alisette there as well as recently reunited Madaelin and Brenstan.
And naturally, as is often the case, the Animal HOuse performance was followed immediately by
the Bards, Beers, and longBeards show. Minus the influence of Aegthilmina, who was probably
not able to make bail and get out of the Bree Lock-up for the show, BBB put on a fine
performance that was perhaps just a wee tad less rude and crude than their usual degenerate
Sunday we took in part of the fine Andune Ensemble Show, detailed earlier in the report from
Hollyberye. Later Sunday our staff attended the Les Beaux Chapeaux Anniversary Show, also
detailed earlier in this edition of the Free Press.
Monday The Maidens of Vanimor put on an early evening performance for a smallish audience by
the Pony Rock. Attendance was undoubtedly influenced by the performance time which overlapped
with the Nibbles & Nobs portion of the Ales & Tales Extreme performance at Nar's peak.
And our reporting week concluded with a visit to Nar's peak for Ales & Tales Extreme, detailed
earlier in this edition.
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