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  1. #101

    V2 e23

    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

    performers.

    Kudos to you Les Beaux Chapeaux. We at the Free Press look forward to your next performing

    year!
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    Here is the report for this week from our ace reporter Hollyberye.
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    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

    it was…


    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.


    --Hollyberye reporting
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    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.
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    Added:


    - 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!
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    We also bring you the following report from Lhinnthel on Ales & Tales Extreme from this week.
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    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

    Lhinnthel.


    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

    occasion!


    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

    never know!


    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!
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    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

    members offer.


    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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  2. #102

    V2 e24

    Dateline: Landroval 8/6/14

    We begin this week with a list of events coming up soon as part of the "Month a tha Chicken."
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    Month a' the Chicken Schedule:



    Saturday-Sunday, August 9-10th: The Tiny Team Tourney: We will be hosting a Tiny Team tiered

    tournament of Hobnanigans. (More info can be found in the Lotro Forums.)


    FryDay, August 15th, 9pm: Fish n' Chicks Night: An annual tradition where both fried fish and

    chicken dishes will be served. Bring yer fishin' pole, bring a song t' play, bring a friend!

    Meet in Overhill by the fishin' dock.
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    Have you a tale to tell? Then this coming event may be for you, and it will benefit a fine

    charity to boot!
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    Storyteller's Festival

    Saturday, September 13th at 4:00pm EDT/servertime

    Windy Acres Ranch, Raglan, Bree-land Homesteads

    A Storyteller's Festival is being held at Windy Acres Ranch -
    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads on Landroval.

    Artists can compete for the Best Poem, Best Ballad, or Best Spooky Story.
    The audience votes for the winners.

    Turbine Points will be awarded to the top three winners in each category.
    We will also be raising money to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals.





    About This Event:


    Poets, bards, and musicians are invited to gather at Windy Acres Ranch for a festival

    celebrating the art of storytelling. Meet at 9 Chestnut Street in Raglan, Bree-land homesteads

    for a social gathering with fine wine, good ale, and excellent pipe-weed. Once everyone has

    gathered, competitors will make their way out into the neighborhood, finding the perfect

    location to present their creative work to the audience. The theme is Autumn -- fiery

    landscapes, falling leaves, and long shadows. The audience will travel through the neighborhood

    as a group, stopping to hear each performance. Awards will be given for the best presentation

    in three categories -- Best Poem, Best Ballad, and Best Spooky Tale. The audience will vote for

    the winners in a very special way.


    "Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I

    have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at

    bay. Small acts of kindness and love."

    - Gandalf


    We are asking everyone to help raise money for Extra Life, a charity that supports Children's

    Miracle Network Hospitals. We will be asking you to donate through Rick Heaton's (aka Sapience)

    drive as a way of saying "Thanks!" for all of his amazing community support. Everyone who

    donates $25 or more will receive special prizes from Turbine after the drive is over. If enough

    money is raised, we will all receive exclusive in-game pets!


    The event begins at Windy Acres Ranch (9 Chestnut Street, Raglan). After introductions, we will

    travel through the neighborhood as a group and stop to listen to each artist. After we hear

    each of them, we'll return to the ranch, count the votes, and announce the winners. Finally,

    we'll have an open mic stage where everyone can perform their favorite stories and songs.


    [For more details see the Lotro Forums, Landroval topics]
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    Make a note. The Fifth Anniversary of 'Ales & Tales' is less than two weeks away -- Monday

    August 18th!

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    And here is our report from Hollyberye for this week.
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    Andune Ensemble 3 August 2014


    There were lots of us assembled to round out the sounds of the Andune Ensemble this past Sunday

    afternoon: “I’ve been gathering hobbits,” said band leader Geoffroi, “Tried to get Dafodilly,

    but no luck.” (She was last seen holding her own against the other Hobbiton hobbits racing for

    glory and pie.) Geoffroi was joined by Atear, Corulin, Tomeoric, Hollyberye, Braxwald,

    Cennwyn, Fayeh, Linaric, Lilikate and Anthemisa. Welcome home, Anthemisa! The concert was

    ushered in by “Slippery Slope”, the beginning of a “Nice, mellow set…just the thing for a lazy

    Sunday.” Glen Miller’s “Little Brown Jug” a fabulous swing number arranged by Tomeoric, was

    followed by the widely disparate but just as fun “Folsom Prison Blues.” The crowd displayed

    some fabulous dance moves for both!


    And then…”Time for a classic now, a bit long so pace yourselves and hydrate often,” advised

    Geoffroi, as a stupendous transcription by Dallofin filled us with spirit and excitement,

    Manfred Mann’s “Blinded by the Light.” How great it was to have Dallofin in the audience to

    receive our adulation. The poor hobbit blushed beet red. Cheers to your talent!


    Many members of the audience cried “lovely” to Lilikate’s own version of “Run” by Snow Patrol,

    accompanied with lyrics. Adanni said, “'Absolutely beautiful! I don't whether to smile or

    cry. I think I did both!” Geoffroi’s transcription to Blackmore’s Night’s “Renaissance Faire”

    was very atmospheric and pretty. We all enjoyed Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” to the hilt.


    Other highlights included Brandlaf’s wonderful “That’s the Way of the World,” Serbryt’s “The

    Bell” and Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes,” transcribed by Keli. The band

    kept on playing despite the intrusion of a Lamedon turtle in the midst of “The Bell.” We are

    true pros. Thank you to the kind visiting warrior that shooed him away...After Dallofin’s “La

    Isla Bonita” and Tomeoric’s “In the Navy,” we launched into a “swancore” as the pet swans were

    drawing a lot of positive attention, singing out the excellent Lilikate transcription of

    “Please Mr. Postman.”


    Geoffroi represented us all when he said, “Thank you Landroval, we love you, see you again next

    week,”and Indiria seemed to represent the charming audience when she exclaimed, “Thank you for

    the music!”


    --Hollyberye reporting
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    On the Music Scene


    The week got off to a good start as usual with Bright Star performing their "In The Park"

    concert. A nice group was gathered for the show and a fine performancve was put on as always.


    Saturdays have become rather active recently. This week I attended all or part of many

    concerts including a performance by Breakfast Club early near the Bree South gate. Around noon

    I took in a bit of a show put oj by Thistle and Shamrock, a small band that is entirely new to

    me, at the Prancing Pony Rock. A naturally I managed to join in the typical substantial

    audience at the Animal House performance later in the evening.


    Sunday a really big crowd was on hand for the weekly Andune Ensemble Show. This week early

    auydience members were entertained by a couple of dwarfs, Zedrockk and Rumbor specifically.

    Further details on the Andune Ensemble Show are reoprted by Hollyberye earlier in this edition

    of the Free Press. It is particularly pleasing to me to note that the regular audience for

    Andune Ensemble Shows is still growing, with a particularly sizeable crowd on hand this past

    week.


    Later Sunday evening a particularly splendid edition of the Les beaux Chapeaux Concert featured

    Special Guest artists Animal House. I am quite impressed with the stamina of Animal House

    joining in this performance following their typical three hour Saturday evening marathon

    performance.


    Finally, Monday evening the good folks from the Lonely Mountain Band joijned in the "Month a

    tha Chicken" festivities with a special Quails & Tails version of Ales & Tales performed at the

    Sandson's Chicken Farm just outside Michel Delving. A splendid audience was on hand, mixed in

    with a substantial number of fowl friends, for the performance that featured guest artist

    appearances by Corulin and the Drunken Ekves, the duo of Lhinnthel and Eilye, and solo

    performances by both leade members of the KrAbbys, namely Abaraniel and Krohkur.


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  3. #103

    V2 e25

    Dateline: Landroval 8/13/14

    Public notice: The staff of the Lonely Mountain Free Press will be on holiday this coming week so the Lonely Mountain Free Press will not publish on August 20. Publication will resume on August 27.
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    Notice noticed.
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    Next Concert of Notenzauber / Aug. 15th 2014

    Band "Notenzauber" invites you to their last Big Concert until October.

    Many new Songs .. some just for listening and many songs for hopping.

    August 15th 2014

    2PM Server-Time , about 1,5 hours.. more if there are enough wishes for encores

    Bree, Rock in front of prancing Pony

    Everyone is invited... And please give us some Feedback after this concert.
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    And here is the report this week from Hollyberye.
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    Green Dragon Friday 8 August 2014


    As hostess Lina said, 'So, it surely is Friday, so let's have us a grand night at the inn." After opening numbers, the very talented Simbo presented us with that rarity, a sensible poem: “The King of the Shire.” Our own Landroval band, that tries to visit Laurelin each week, was introduced by Lina, “Fer now, though, there is a prickly band coming up.” That would be Thorn & Roses, of course, featuring Pipes, Rosafina and Hollybeary.


    “Hello you lovely people! Alright let’s start you up!” We launched into Lilikate’s excellent transcription of “Start Me Up,” which went over very well with the warm audience. Our special Landroval visitors this week included three dear friends, Tomrico, Corulin and Wintersong (Esyae), which prompted a discussion of the advisability or not of having elves at our concert on the coming Tuesday. Elves bearing gifts of wine (that would be you, Corulin) won the day.


    Pipes says, “Tell you what Lina, you let me play this one and then I'll sing a sweet Shire song after - how's that?” “La Valse de Ville Platte” was followed by a sweet Shire song, “Shire in Springtime” and a bit of bantering between Pipes and Lina that completely flew over Miss Hollybeary’s head…something about Miss Lina using the scissors or pouring some ale into Master Pipes pipes that appeared so conspicuously in "La Valse"?


    A highlight of the evening was the Badgers rendering of the Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” focused on all the hobbits who like to spend their evenings together there at the Green Dragon Inn.




    Andune Ensemble 10 August 2014


    The Andune Ensemble gathered next to the Prancing Pony on Sunday for a short rehearsal before their regular 3PM show on the stage. Led by Sir Geoffroi, this week’s band included Corulin, Hollyberye, Atear, Braxwald, Fayeh, Linaric, Lilikate and Anthemisa.


    "Welcome everyone, we are The Andune Ensemble and we thank you for coming today,” began Geoffroi as he launched us into a lovely setlist, starting with Serbryt’s “The Lossoth Miner” adapted from the traditional "Navy Boots." Lilikate was delighted to be on pibgorn for this one. The next song “comes courtesy of Larkfeather of The Breakfast Club” and was the very popular “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.


    This reporter was completely delighted when Geoffroi announced, “Time for some mellow rock now at Miss Holly's request,” and we played the infinitely lovely and achy Led Zeppelin song, “That’s the Way.” It was a beautiful transcription from Keli.


    Subsequent songs included Tomeoric’s “Fly Me to the Moon: by Sinatra, Serbryt’s “I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew and Brandlaf’s “Acoustic Curves” by Animusic. For a moment of very high class silliness, Geoffroi sang Miss Akeley’s exceedingly amusing lyrics to the "Woodworm" song. Sung to Keli’s transcription of “The Locomotion,” we were all in stitches at Miss Akeley’s cleverness: “What about that ticking sound my bed is making? Dear me, gracious, could that be a woodworm? I know for sure as three of the four bed legs are breaking.”


    We tried to sober up a tad (none too successfully) with Beorbrand of Dale’s lovely piece, “Gypsy.” The Roling Stones’ “Paint it Black” was a huge hit with the animated audience, especially such well known rockers as Zedrockk and Calanne. Rock on!!! We missed Cennwyn but loved playing her version of Adele’s “Skyfall” and Dallofin’s splendid interpretation of the “Game of Thrones Theme.”


    As Braxwald cried, “Get ready to rock” we launched into a brand new song from one of Andunne’s favorite transcribers, Lhinnthel, Guns N Roses’ “You Could be Mine,” which Lhinn was kind enough to accompany from the audience: “I’m a crit Heart Seeker fit to burn, And I'll rip your heart in two, Then I'll call on my Strength of Earth, I'll be out the door before you wake, It's what I do to you…”


    Geoffroi made a couple of announcements, letting the patient audience know that Andune will be playing an epic set over on Laurelin on Tuesday at the Andune Ensemble homestead in Oldfurlong. The following Sunday they will be guesting on Crickhollow on Sunday at 4PM, as part of the greatly anticipated Shirefest hosted by Second Breakfast. A rousing encore piece was delivered in the form of Black Sabbath’s “Sabbra Cadabra” as transcribed by Eilye. We enjoyed immensely the discussion about a certain hobbit on a rogue pibby for this last tune …our agitated bandleader was last seen searching for a bonfire…

    Andune Ensemble Performs at Laurelin OAKS 12 August 2014


    Miss Acorne Oakley invited the Andune Ensemble to perform on Laurelin in the third concert of the series at Oldfurlong: the Oldfurlong Amazin Koncert Series, or OAKS! Andune Ensemble performed on the spacious lawn and stage of their own kinhouse at 2 Chalk Road with an epic set of lively music, superlative lyrics and great fun and cheer from the dancing crowd. Such extremely nice folk!


    It would take 23 scrolls to do full justice to the 23 titles presented at this very amazing performance…so in the interest of brevity as well the need for beauty sleep, just a few words of praise. Thank you to the band, who played with such good humor and spirit: Pipes, Rosafina, Hollybeary, Liliditty, Corulin, Fayeh, Atty, Anthebrand, and Jollyholly. Thank you to the vocalists who sang some amazing lyrics quite flawlessly. And thank you to our dear band leader who invested many hours when he could have been out snoozing on the banks of the Brandywine River, toiling over the creation of a great many songs and writing some really splendid and mostly very hobbity lyrics…we salute you, Master Pipes!


    We hope every piece of the amazing set list will be performed again sometime soon to delight our many friends in Middle Earth.


    --Hollyberye reporting
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    We also bring you this notice from the good folks at Concerned Hobbits.
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    Crosser of Roads Chicken Run of the Concerned Hobbits #3

    Postby: Rozalinde

    It's time for the next Concerned Hobbits Crosser of Roads Chicken Run!


    In honor of the Bounders' 5th Annual Month of the Chicken, Miss Daffodilia has asked Concerning Hobbits to lead another run to help folks complete the rare, difficult, infamous Free Range chicken deed and earn the title "Crosser of Roads". The Bounders have scheduled this event for:


    Saturday, August 30th 5:00 PM servertime. Slated to take 5-7 hours.


    We have need for both chickens (who want to earn the deed) and escorts to protect the chickens on their dangerous journey.


    Some notes:


    1. Free Range is the CAPSTONE for chicken play. If, by Chicken Run day, you have not yet already completed ALL of the Flying the Coop quests and earned your Cloak of the Cluck, then you will NOT be eligible to complete the deed as a chicken.



    2. Only chickens who are interested in earning the title must come on time and plan to stay for the whole time (5-7 hours). Any escorts or friends who want to tag along shall NOT be held to the schedule. For you who travel with the chickens, no oath nor bond is laid to go further than you will. This thing takes a LONG time.


    3. This is REALLY REALLY HARD. The escorts and I are going to do our best to make sure we get all chickens to the end. I work with fellow chicken-expert colleagues to strategize for weeks in advice to determine the best route, how many escorts we'll need here/there, good rendezvous points, etc. But that said, we can't guarantee anything. But know that we WILL weep and /salute any chickens who are fried along the way.



    4. If you want the best experience, make sure to download Teamspeak. Fowl and friends will be coordinating over microphones (if you're uncomfortable talking, that's perfectly fine, but we'd like you to listen in if possible).


    5. Once we get started, we're not stopping for breaks. There will be NO POTTY BREAKS for chickens (Escorts can easily take a break and then catch up). If you need a potty break, wait for a long, boring stretch of travel time and put me or another chicken on /follow. Announce that you're doing so when it happens, so we'll know not to dive into anything too hairy until you get back.



    Stay tuned for more information.
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    On The Music Scene


    The week got off to a good start with the Bright Star "In the Park" Concert. This week Bright Star featured music from the four races, performing music from Hobbits, Dwarfs, Elfs and men. The performance also included guest appearances by Doviel and Elenesse.


    Fashion forward: This week the attention was attracted by me (Aldekim) and my sweet Abaraniel in matching black robes and cloaks, trimmed in white.


    Friday KrAbby presented a really fine "Big Band Music" performance outside the Prancing Pony before their usual large audience. Meanwhile a quartet offered some tunes for a small audience across the way on the Pony Stage.


    Saturday Under the Sunlit Sky got things going around mid day with a nice show performed before a nice audience at the Pony Rock


    Later Saturday Animal House put on their usual marathon performance before a large audience including the couple of Orladan and Sholah in a particularly striking coordinated fashion ensemble. I must admit I was impressed with unique colors the couple managed to get together in their coordinated garb. The coosome twosome is beginning to develop quite the reputation for fine fashion. As is often the case the Animal House Show included guest vocals by Tearna, and recent popular lyricist Ereylen as part of the performance during rthe portion of the show I was able to attend. With their typical performance running some three hours, I am not often able to attend a full Amnimal House performance.


    And the degenerate atmosphere was back after the Animal House Show when Bards, Beers, and longBeards took the stage, accompanied as they are form time to time buy leade degenerate Aegthil(mina).


    Sunday evening the usual large audience was on hand for the Les Beaux Chapeaux Show, with the LBC band this week a full 13 members strong. Guest artists at the performance this week was a duo billed as The Super Mario Brothers, though I wonder about the name as one of the "brothers" was in fact a sister. Later in the show the duo expanded to perform as a quartet adding characters named Wario and Waluigi to the group.

    Monday Ales & Tales ws found out at the Last Bridge from the Lone Lands into the Trollshaws. A nice audience was on hand, if somewhat less than the A & T usual and it seems the number of acts was a bit less than usual, too. Old Winyards opened with fine extended set, followed by solo acts performed by Krohkur, and then Tamoro. Tamoro performed a fine story accompanied by fireworks set off by the audience. Another highlight of the show, well maybe not part of the show, was Benjimir delighting the crowd by repeatedly jumping off the bridge into the river below.




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    V2 e26

    Dateline: Landroval 8/27/14

    Returning from our week off we begin with our latest interview. If you have noticed the Month

    a tha Chicken events then you already have some idea of things done by this person who is

    definitely....

    Someone You Should Know
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    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?


    I am an altoholic, so I'll stick with the one that most folk know these days even though I

    don't believe in having a main. Daffodilia.


    I used to show Daffodilia Wildfeet before I rerolled Daff to a perma 10 when the Tortoise Stone

    came out, but you can't show a surname at 10 trainings because the Notary won't let you make

    one. You have to be 15 to do that--which I think is a random decision and silly, really.

    Rerolling to that low a level, she lost a lot she can't get back, really, but that's an

    entirely different discussion right there.


    As to titles, lately I don't show those much anymore in general. "Unwise" and "Only Knows One

    Song" and "Pie-Eating Champion" I put up when the mood strikes. I desperately wanted to get her

    "Fool", but you can't get that anymore.


    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    Five or six years now? Pretty much the January after MoM came out, so however long ago that

    was.


    Did you begin (or are you now active) on another server? If so, what motivated you to come to

    Landroval?


    I did play the open beta weekend when LOTRO first came out, but do not recall for the life of

    me on what server. When I came back during MoM's release (a friend gave me the game as a

    present), I started on Gladden because that's where he was. But when I found out Landy was the

    RP server, even if encouraged instead of officially, I jumped ship after I confirmed it, and

    didn't go back except to explain why I was leaving Gladden to the kin I was in at that time

    before deleting my Gladden characters. I really only visit other servers for events if need be,

    and that's rare now, mostly due to time constraints.


    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?


    Depends on the day, but RP is definitely a focus. I also like pushing the boundaries of how

    immersive the world can be using things that might not be evident or arranged as most folks are

    used to using for RP. Fellowing for adventures is definitely my favorite way. I also enjoy

    session play--particularly the ones where you still are "in world" instead of

    instanced--whether chicken, pony or otherwise.


    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you

    joined it.


    Overall, I have folk on Landy in four different kins right now (and other folk as fillers in

    eight other RP habitat/storage kins here.) As a role-player, I treat each character as that

    individual, so I try to only join kins that make sense for them, or not join one if I haven't

    found a need/match yet.


    Daff, of course, is in the Bounders of the Shire, as are quite a few of my other hobbits. I

    first found the Bounders when one of my Dwarves came upon a Bounder Nature Walk in the Old

    Forrest. This was fairly soon after I had jumped ship to Landy. I was tickled to death at the

    idea--forming an RP event around finishing a deed. Also, they walked instead of ran around like

    folks drinking too much coffee! How refreshing.


    Later, after I had rolled and played Daff a bit, I was farming one day and heard about a rescue

    mission for a lost lass named Esmerald, and again, there were the Bounders hosting the event.

    Daff joined the rescue, and soon after joined the Bounders. She's been with them ever since,

    and despite her less than sharp as a tack brain, moved up the ranks over time. I adore being in

    the Bounders because of pretty much everything that makes us really feel like the voluntary

    Bounders of Addernotch Station with all the history and helping and adventuring and every day

    stuff that goes along with that.


    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in

    Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    I'm not really sure how to answer this. Out of game, no, not particularly. In game, I've helped

    or started a few things that folks could consider being position worthy or organized even if

    loosely so, but official and organized? Compared to what? I guess that's the lingering thought

    in my mind. (A not-so-official-nor-organized answer included in the last answer.)



    Do you ever go out into the Moors? If so, Freep, Creep or both? (feel free to share your

    thoughts about adventuring in the Moors)


    This query made me laugh a bit. Back in the day, before the days of the Tortoise Stone, I

    used to Creep.


    The reason why? A few of us would get together Creep side when the Moors Freep XP bonus

    would show up, and we'd do our best to get rid of it so we could go back to our Freeps and

    adventure without having more XP we didn't want shoved upon us.


    I do like PvP in other games, but here, it's just never really been a thing for me. The

    static map and lack of dynamic goals, I think is part of that. Also, I recall being so

    frustrated as a Creep in the beginning because we don't really get a "starter" zone like freeps

    do, so you just kind of get thrown out there and are easy pickings if someone doesn't take you

    under their paw or mandible, as it were.


    I have been to the Moors once as a Freep for a RP of delivering aid to the Hoarhallows.

    That was fun until some infamy addicts decided they had to camp us since we had a lot of folks

    there who weren't exactly geared for or experienced with the Moors.


    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?


    It's hard to name just one person. I meet all kinds of grand folks on Landy, some of whom I

    think of as hidden gems that I know are shy and might flee for a spell if I mentioned them here

    by name.


    Given his penchant for volunteering folk of late, I'd have to say Hoppa Joel is someone I

    think should get more recognition than he does. He's a bit of a constant gardener, in a sense,

    to the game. Also an altoholic, I'm sure folks have met him more than they realize here and

    there. He really makes an effort to learn and understand an awful lot about the game and

    Middle-Earth, and he's quite creative as well, which is a boon to the RP community as a whole

    as far as I'm concerned.


    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences

    here in Middle-earth?


    Because it's not really official or overly organized, I think this is a better spot to talk

    about this than a few queries back.


    I know because of Month a' the Chicken, some folks think I run some sort of secret chicken

    organization with wingshakes, special eggshell hats with golden feather brims or whatever. In

    truth, it was really just something I had a notion about five years ago that I made a "wanting

    to try" post on the Bounder forums that kind of found a life of its own, and then kept growing

    and happening year after year.


    When I started thinking about it this year, I was actually stunned that it was our fifth

    year. I had to go back to my original post on the old Bounder forum to confirm it was really

    our fifth go at this. It really has grown too--we've even sort of had the prep month (Chicken

    Camp) hatch into its own for a few years now. Trying to schedule all the helping folks with

    Wald's quests events got too hard to fit in with everything else during times most folk would

    be available in August.


    I shied away from advertising it on places like the lotro site for the first few years

    because I didn't want anti-RP trolls coming and wrecking things. Still, folks kept needling me

    about it, so I sort of broke down over time and started doing it a bit more each time. *knocks

    on wood against cabbagers and trolls*


    But officially organized? Nope. We really just wing it every year. We're no where near as

    organized or as well attended as, say, Weatherstock. I really like that it's still a sort of

    "not a huge crowd because it's Summer Doldrums time" events. I'm also really happy that it

    keeps heading towards more than just Bounders both hosting events and taking part.


    To me, everything that now comes along with the Month a' the Chicken touches on things I

    like best about Middle-Earth as a whole. RP, obviously, is a big part. We quest, adventure,

    socialize, cook, fish, parade, musick, dance, race, protect, scheme, puzzle, solve, and a whole

    lot of other things that make up great examples of exactly what a game like this has to offer.

    Oh! And this year, we had the tie-in with the Courserra folks, which added another dimension as

    well.


    Overall, I think it's fantastic that there are so many things to do relating to chickens,

    thanks to both the in game offerings, as well as many different folks wanting to promote their

    take on what celebrating all things chicken means.


    I also like that the devs have added more chicken-y things in time. Farmer's Faire,

    bringing back Hobnabs, and, of course, the now not-quite-so-new cosmetics and shinies and

    especially pet chickens that went along with those additions. I know some folks think this game

    is stale and same old-same old, but it really has and continues to grow over time, and I'm much

    happier for that, and I know others are as well--and I don't jes mean about all the eggcellent

    chicken stuff.
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    What with the week off here are some few reports from our star reporter Hollyberye.
    -----------------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday 15 August 2014


    Pipes and Hollybeary were fortunate to draw on the musical talents of Miss Acorne Oakley again

    to make a Thorn and Roses band in full bloom at last week’s Green Dragon Friday. “Nannie Will

    Your Dog Bite” greatly amused the kind hobbits gathered at the Green Dragon in Bywater and

    “Highwayman” was a pleasant diversion. “Little Darlin’ Pal of Mine,” a jolly traditional tune,

    rounded out the set and required quite a bit of exertion on the part of the three band members.

    This lively piece brought great fun and a lot of jiggin’ to Bywater to launch another pleasant

    Shire weekend.


    The Starlight Orchestra at Shirefest 16 August 2014


    Miss Lilikate led her orchestra of 24 musicians in a splendid performance at Shirefest on

    Crickhollow, this past Saturday. They were dressed and arranged in a beautiful rainbow

    pattern, impressing the friendly audience with their sheer number, the lovely attire, and

    especially the robust and delightful classical music. It was a real change of pace from the

    other wonderful bands, with most of the audience relaxing in peace to soak in the sounds of

    Hummel, Dvorak, Beethoven and Mozart. The amount of organization and skill that goes into

    producing a TSO show cannot be understated. Please speak to Miss Lilikate Buggins (see

    Bugginses Bands at Guild Launch) to learn about all the ambitions plans she is working on to

    continue to delight and engage the Middle Earth musical community.


    Andune Ensemble at Shirefest 17 August 2014


    Blondel led the Andune Ensemble in their guest appearance at Shirefest this past Sunday, having

    temporarily wrested leadership from Geoffroi. Indeed, the band closed out what was a truly

    remarkable musical weekend sponsored by Second Breakfast on Crickhollow. Those of us traveling

    from Landroval were very impressed by the hospitality and cheerfulness at the Bounders Bounty

    Statue in Michel Delving and salute Second Breakfast for their hard work and success.


    Rounding out the band were Lilikate, Hollyberye, Atear, Lhinnthel (who we were delighted to see

    in Ered Luin Blue!), Bittercress, Berallyn, Quini, Fayeh, Acorne, Larksong and guest Rosalie

    for the encore numbers. We thank Foxfern for her kind and humorous introductory remarks and

    some of us learned that Andune Ensemble has logged over 150 concerts in their 2 ½ years!


    The band opened with “Walking on Sunshine” and closed with a rousing, most emphatic “Drunken

    Lullabies.” In between we performed a variety of high quality tunes, ranging from the exciting

    “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to the sublime, “Poetry in Motion.” All sixteen numbers received the

    kindest applause one could ever get at a Shirefest show. Thank you for being such lovely

    hosts, Second Breakfast and Crickhollow!


    --Hollyberye reporting
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    While we were away Lhinnthel was also reporting. Here is her report on the Ales & Tales

    special event.
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    With help from a huge crowd of friends, Ales & Tales celebrated its 5th year Anniversary last

    Monday evening! The event took place where it all began at the Green Dragon Inn in Bywater, The

    Shire. After opening hte show with the Ales & Tales theme song - The Lonely Mountain Band's

    founder, Galenhir and kin-leader, Harperella, were introduced by MC Tamoro. They both shared

    some fond memories of past Ales & Tales and welcomed everyone to the evening's festivities. Old

    Winyards, with Byrcha in the lead, played some old favorites: Celduin, Gilgalad, Durin, and

    Gold and Silver Trees.


    It was a pleasant surprise when our first performer of the evening, the gentleman Aldekim,

    stepped to the stage and shared a dear piece of original prose which poetically described Ales

    & Tales and the fun had each Monday evening.


    The Bits & Pieces, headed by Bittercress, then played a beautiful tine for us, flowed by a

    lively and cheerful solo piece by our favorite shoe less elf, Corulin. It was at this time

    folks started noticing an unusual occurrence: audience members were disappearing one by one,

    only to be replaced by an assortment of dancing, clucking chickens! The show continued, as

    Tamoro shared the weekly announcements, and folks giggled and danced with the feathered

    creatures.


    The second half of the show began with one of Madaelin's famous "Improv tales." Three lucky

    volunteers from the audience (Gaiaigil, Sullo and Bittercress) joined Madaelin on the stage and

    acted out the story that she told of adventure and heroic deeds. We laughed and cried along

    with them and applaud their wonderful acting skills!


    Lady Harperella then graced the stage with one of her rare Freestyle Harp sols! Oh, what a

    beautiful melody drifted across the cobblestones, as we danced beneath the stars! Harperella

    said "I have always loved playing the harp for Ales and Tales. And I bring you another old tune

    from my early collaboration with Galenhir... The Swanships of Aqualande."


    We are not often treated to such a skillfully free-stylist as she and look forward to the next

    time Lady Harperella joins us in song!


    Galenhir then took the stage one last time to offer his thank yous: "Firstly, I would like to

    thank the green Dragoon Inn and Jaspera Noakes for allowing us to gather in front of their

    livlihood and busy-ness! My Gentlehobbits and free folk... this is not our one-hundred and

    eleventh birthday but our fifth anniversary of ales and tales"


    As the crowd cheered and toasted, the stage transformed into a Fireworks Show, led by the

    lovely Lady Kirlaynn. Bittercress, Tamoro, Sonca, Amberflower and Eilye played a lively tune

    from Keli, while Kiralynn, Sullo, Faerochil, Byrcha, Harperella and Lhinnthel set off a

    spectacular light show above the Green Dragon Inn's courtyard. We'd like to thank Kiralynn for

    organizing and providing fireworks for this special performance!



    Mr. Tamoro returned to the stage and called Old Winyards up for the Final Dance set, beginning

    with Beyond the Western Seas - a spectacular piece created by Galenhir and Harperella so long

    ago. With a large band that included Lady Byrcha, Tamoro, Eilye, Amberflower, Sonca, Sullo,

    Bittercress, Corulin, Faerochil and Lhinnthel - OW also played Elvenpath, Pie Crumbs and Dust,

    All Because of You, You Could Be Mine and a favorite encore song - Khizli Jigs!


    We'd like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the surprise flock of chickens - they showed up

    unexpectedly and danced, flapped, clucked and just generally made everyone have a wonderful

    time. They truly made the evening special and helped us create a memory that we hope you will

    all hold as dear as we do in the years to come. (Big hugs and Thank Yous to chickens:

    Rozalinde, Abarraniel, Rhanti, Crazypants, Naishe and Lixii - I do apologize if I missed any

    chickens!)


    Here's to many many more years of Ales, Tales, friends and merriment - Huzzah!

    ------------------------------------

    Our good friend Lilikate Buggins has offered the following announcement.
    -----------------------------------



    Hello Everybody,



    Over the past few weeks I have been feeling unhappy with the organisational structure of my

    musical projects.


    I have been leading The Starlight Orchestra from one Guildlaunch Site, I have been gathering

    musicians through the LMB Guildlaunch Site. Often I am trying to poach players at short notice

    from the Fancy Hats Zeta Boards.


    I have other projects and music I would like to perform also and never seem to find the time to

    play these other transcriptions I have created.


    I have a solution: My very own Guildlaunch Site just for my musical projects.


    It’s easy to join for those who love play music in LOTRO and want to be included in projects

    both grand and intimate!


    Here is the description of my site as taken from the home page:



    Welcome to Bugginses Bands!

    This is my new guildlaunch site.


    Within these forums I will be gathering all my different musical projects and inviting you all

    to join me.


    I have four very different musical bands:-


    Lilikate’s Musical Creatures – A “turn up as you are” or “Dress as a Critter” band of 10 or

    more musicians to play from the LMC set list.

    (You do not need to be a member of this site to join in with the Critters).


    The Starlight Orchestra – Within the one title we have three different musical groups.


    Membership of Bugginses Bands is required for these groups
    .

    TSO 24 - A Classical Orchestra of LOTRO musical instruments. We have a standard number of each

    instrument. There are 30 positions in this group (24 playing members and 6 understudies). As an

    undertaking of this size is very ambitious, members are required to “sign up” in advance.


    TSO 14 - As with TSO 24 but with half the members and 3 understudies. Transcriptions for this

    group do not have to keep within any standard set of instruments.


    TSO Big Band – 14 Musicians playing a variety of Jazz Classics arranged by Krohkur the Dwarf

    ……….

    Lilikate’s Clarinet Ensemble- A smaller group of musicians playing a variety of music on

    Clarinets.


    LOTRO Music on Tour- This group will be taking our arrangements and playing on other servers.


    Over the next few weeks I will be adding some polish to this site, adding dates to the calendar

    and links in the side menu. Your suggestions are welcome!


    BugginsesBands.Guildlaunch.com



    If you want to have a nosey, or are a musician from any server who would like to join in with

    events them come along check it out.


    There is no requirement to sign up for everything, however the larger and more organisational

    intensive groups work better with dedicated members.


    Remember to play with the creatures requires no membership but the positions I think will be

    filled very quickly!


    Check the calendar and the forums for events!


    You will need to have the Songbook Plugin installed and operational.


    Contact me #Lilikate Buggins on twitter or Lilikatebuggins@gmail.com if you have any questions.


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    -- Thanks, The Management
    -----------------------------------

    We also have this announcement from Lilikate.
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    The Starlight Orchestra - Sat, Sept 13 at 3:30pm EDT/server in Raglan, Bree


    Join us at the ranch for
    The Starlight Orchestra
    performing the
    Fellowship of the Rings Symphony
    starting at 3:30pm EDT/servertime.



    The Starlight Orchestra is playing an opening concert for the Storyteller's Festival.
    Please join us at Windy Acres Ranch, 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land Homesteads.
    ------------------------------------

    And here is our report from Hollyberye for the most recent week of activity.
    ------------------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday 22 August 2014


    In another enchanted Friday evening at the Green Dragon in Bywater, Pipes and Hollybeary

    performed three lovely songs for a nice-sized crowd of local hobbits and visiting dwarves.

    “Into the West” drew many a tear from the sympathetic audience, including out and out sobs from

    Hollybeary, who has a particular soft spot for the Elven race. As Pipes said, “Odd folk and

    overly tall, but they write good songs.” Pipes did a fine job singing the touching lyrics.

    Thorn and Roses, in their trademark pointy hats, went on to up the tempo with “Love Me Do,”

    notable for its tip-top tooting. The set was polished off with “Four Jig Medley.” Master

    Pipes started off with bagpipes just to stir up Miss Lina, who secretly asked him to form the

    bagpipe fan club, but switched to lute after she started to stomp out of the Green Dragon.

    Other highlights of the very fun evening included Simbo’s very secret poem, a letter from Miss

    Penina’s brother who has just arrived at the doors of Kuzzy Doom with his Dwarven companions,

    and a great deal of wonderful music from many small bands, including the super talented Vanimor

    Hobbits who produced some really rich sounds from the past.




    Andune Ensemble 24 August 2014


    After a fun session of Lillikate’s Creatures on the Bree stage across from the Prancing Pony,

    Andune launched their regular Sunday afternoon concert with “La Valse de VillePlatte,” a

    traditional French Canadian song. Bandleader Geoffroi was joined by Braxwald, Fayeh, Atear,

    Hollyberye, Lilikate, Corulin and Attygirl, as they went on to play “Islands in the Stream”

    (Bee Gees), Average White Band’s “Pick Up the Pieces,” and then Petula Clark’s “I Know a Place”

    that was transcribed originally by Keli for the Green Dragon Friday crowd. Geoffroi sang such

    delightfully evocative lyrics as “I know a place where the music is fine and the company so

    grand.”


    Pheledene’s “Frogmorton Stomp” was a fun, pleasing song for our dear audience and Tomeorica’s

    “Abracadabra” was a clear favorite. This was followed by the hauntingly beautiful “Scarborough

    Fair,” Beorbrand’s “Black Water” from the Doobie Brothers, and Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” The

    later was long ago arranged by Theudebert Humperdink of Elendilmir, and it just goes to show

    how your Middle Earth music lives on: this was an awesome rendition.


    As the concert ran down, Geoffroi inserted a very fun change of pace with “Frere Jacques,”

    followed by “Cabri Waltz,” “December 1963,” ”It’s Not Unusual” and the utterly splendid Keli

    transcription of “Classical Gas.” The concert closed with “Red Red Wine,” “Drunken Bobbit,”

    and “Crocodile Rock” as a rousing encore. A very fun set list from our beloved band!


    --Hollyberye reporting
    --------------------------------

    Get your inner chicken on.
    --------------------------------



    Crosser of Roads Chicken Run of the Concerned Hobbits #3

    by Rozalinde

    It's time for the next Concerned Hobbits Crosser of Roads Chicken Run!


    In honor of the Bounders' 5th Annual Month of the Chicken, Miss Daffodilia has asked Concerning

    Hobbits to lead another run to help folks complete the rare, difficult, infamous Free Range

    chicken deed and earn the title "Crosser of Roads". The Bounders have scheduled this event for:


    Saturday, August 30th 5:00 PM servertime. Slated to take 5-7 hours.
    We have need for both chickens (who want to earn the deed) and escorts to protect the chickens

    on their dangerous journey.


    Some notes:


    1. Free Range is the CAPSTONE for chicken play. If, by Chicken Run day, you have not yet

    already completed ALL of the Flying the Coop quests and earned your Cloak of the Cluck, then

    you will NOT be eligible to complete the deed as a chicken. Find out more about the Chicken

    Play quest chains here: Mother Hen's Chicken Guide.



    2. Only chickens who are interested in earning the title must come on time and plan to stay for

    the whole time (5-7 hours). Any escorts or friends who want to tag along shall NOT be held to

    the schedule. For you who travel with the chickens, no oath nor bond is laid to go further than

    you will. This thing takes a LONG time.


    3. This is REALLY REALLY HARD. The escorts and I are going to do our best to make sure we get

    all chickens to the end. I work with fellow chicken-expert colleagues to strategize for weeks

    in advice to determine the best route, how many escorts we'll need here/there, good rendezvous

    points, etc. But that said, we can't guarantee anything. But know that we WILL weep and /salute

    any chickens who are fried along the way.


    4. If you want the best experience, make sure to download Teamspeak. Fowl and friends will be

    coordinating over microphones (if you're uncomfortable talking, that's perfectly fine, but we'd

    like you to listen in if possible).


    5. Once we get started, we're not stopping for breaks. There will be NO POTTY BREAKS for

    chickens (Escorts can easily take a break and then catch up). If you need a potty break, wait

    for a long, boring stretch of travel time and put me or another chicken on /follow. Announce

    that you're doing so when it happens, so we'll know not to dive into anything too hairy until

    you get back.
    -------------------------------


    On the Music Scene


    If there was an overall trend seen at concerts this past week it would certainly be large

    audiences. At each event this past week near record audiences were on hand to enjoy the

    performances of the fine bands.


    It began with the weekly Bright Star "In the Park" concert Wednesday where the audience was

    clearly the largest I have seen at any of their performances recently. This was also true of

    the combined band show put on by Under the Starlit Sky along with members of DisEnchanted

    Saturday at the Prancing Pony Rock.


    The same was true for the Animal HOuse show Saturday evening. On a fashion note, at the Animal

    House Show I could not help but notice Tearna (The hobbit in pink) in the audience and singing

    with the band in a fine blue ensemble.


    And finally, Sunday evening, the Les Beaux Chapeaux Concert featured the musical stylings of

    two past guests who now perform together, they being Krohkur and Abaraniel of one of my

    favoritest bands, the KrAbbys.
    -----------------------------------



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  5. #105

    V2 e27

    Dateline: Landroval 9/3/14

    They are still a bit of a wayoff, but there are some fine special events coming up in the next

    few weeks. Here is information on some of them for your consideration
    -----------------------------------



    Join us for a Solve-A-Mystery Roleplay Contest


    Saturday, October 25 at 4:00pm


    Meet at Windy Acres Ranch, 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.


    Solve a mystery, roleplay, and enjoy fine music!





    The event features a detailed roleplaying story and is open to characters of all levels.
    The game is designed to be played by any number people. The event will last about 2 hours.
    During the game, our actors will take scripted roles in an exciting mystery story.
    You will roleplay a Bounder, Ranger, sheriff, or someone else appointed to investigate.
    Clues are gained by interviewing the suspects and witnesses, roleplaying in-character.
    The suspects and evidence will be located at five different, adjacent houses near the ranch.


    After completing your investigation, tell the host who the culprit is and why they commit

    the crime.
    The first three who correctly solve the mystery win Turbine Points and other amazing

    prizes!


    Participants should show up dressed appropriately for an Autumn Festival or as

    investigators.
    Please leave weapons larger than daggers at home. Pets should be kept outdoors
    .

    More information on prizes, band performances, and story details will be available in

    October.


    Contact Kiralynn on Landroval or by email at kiralynn@roll3d6.com if you have questions

    about the event.


    --= WindyAcres.MyMiddleEarth.com =--
    -----------------------------------



    Symphony of Light ~V~


    September 22, 9 p.m. - Late


    Free Peoples of Middle-earth


    REJOICE




    Let not the shadows from afar darken you spirits!



    Join in an celebration of the most honorable Hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins, late of the Shire,

    and let dread of these dark times be driven away by an epic excellent display of fireworks and

    music!


    Special appearance by "Bilbo Baggins!"



    Sons of Numenor invite all of Landroval and the LOTRO community to join them for the third

    “Symphony of Light” in Rivendell, September 22. Activities begin 9 p.m. EST, and continue

    through the evening.


    The first Symphony of Light featured a landmark display of over 450 fireworks set-off in a

    continuous barrage. The Symphony of Light V will feature over 10,000 fireworks launched by

    hand! (No bots and tools) Watch as Sons of Numenor strikes a blow against Ozone Oppression and

    celebrates the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in music and light!



    Schedule of events


    Escorted travel from Stock to Rivendell.


    9 p.m., Brandywine Bridge, Stock in The Shire.


    - The Sons of Numenor will provide mounted escort to all Free Peoples wishing to attend, in

    a slow walk from the Brandywine, to Rivendell. Also, an open fellowship will be provided for

    all those wishing to join us, either at Stock or along the way.




    Concert of Special Magnificence.



    10 p.m., Rivendell


    - A rolling concert of Landroval’s most noted musical talents, lasting through the duration

    of the fireworks display. Special guest appearence by "Bilbo Baggins!"




    “Symphony of Light”


    The start of the first night-cycle after the escort arrives.


    - Located at the prominent rock, below the Last Homely house, Sons of Numenor will commence

    the most epic display of fireworks seen in Middle-earth, to celebrate the birthday of Bilbo

    Baggins. The display will last 45 minutes or more, and will feature music and dancing

    throughout.


    Afterparty -


    11 p.m...ish., The Hall of Fire


    - Strum a lute, play a flute, join with group for an open-mic gathering of music and

    fellowship in The Hall of Fire.


    Other activities......


    Swig and Trivia: The online LOTRO and Tolkien Trivia battle!


    Special appearance by “Bilbo” Baggins. The esteemed old Hobbit, as portrayed by a member of

    Sons of Numenor, will mingle about the crowd as the evening progress’.


    Ale and Pipeweed for all! - Sons of Numenor will be providing ample pipe fodder and Ale for

    those desiring of it.


    Role Playing and Fellowship. - As always, there are no obligations to do so, all are

    welcome. However all those who enjoy fellowship and role playing are welcome to enjoy the

    atmosphere.


    FAQ.....

    How to find the events.......


    An open fellowship will be provided to provide people with a means to be summoned to the

    event, and to join any “layer” that generates due to the crowd. Members of Sons of Numenor will

    be in the Regional chat channel to assist in Rivendell.


    I am coming from another server, or I am rolling a new Alt character, how do I make it to

    the event?


    Easy! Our formation ride from the Golden Perch pub in The Shire, makes way through Bree,

    the Lone Lands, and the Troll Shaws! Join us along the way for safe travel! If you are high

    enough a level, hunters and captains can also summon!


    When will the show start?


    The music will begin at 10, regardless. The fireworks look best at night, and we will start

    the show no earlier than 10 p.m. EST, but only at the start of the nearest Night Cycle to that

    time. However we know that the show will end by 12 a.m. EST, come what may.


    How long will the fireworks show last......


    The show is expected to last as long as 45 minutes.

    Can I play music?


    There will be an open-mic "afterparty" in the Hall of Fire. All are welcome to take a

    number and play in-turn!



    Can I fire my own fireworks?


    We would appreciate it, for this event, if you NOT join us on the “rock.” Please mark your

    calendars for the annual "October Surprise" party in Thorins hall, which we welcome all to fire

    away with glee!


    Questions?


    Contact "Comstrike" here in the LOTRO.com forums, or "Benjimir" in-game.


    ----------------------------------------


    Join us at the ranch for


    The Starlight Orchestra


    performing the


    Fellowship of the Rings Symphony


    starting at 3:30pm
    ----------------------------------------

    Storyteller's Festival


    Saturday, September 13th at 4:00pm


    Windy Acres Ranch, Raglan, Bree-land Homesteads

    A Storyteller's Festival is being held at Windy Acres Ranch -


    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.


    Artists can compete for the Best Poem, Best Ballad, or Best Spooky Story.


    The audience votes for the winners.


    Turbine Points will be awarded to the top three winners in each category.
    We will also be raising money to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals.





    About This Event:


    Poets, bards, and musicians are invited to gather at Windy Acres Ranch for a festival

    celebrating the art of storytelling. Meet at 9 Chestnut Street in Raglan, Bree-land homesteads

    for a social gathering with fine wine, good ale, and excellent pipe-weed. Once everyone has

    gathered, competitors will make their way out into the neighborhood, finding the perfect

    location to present their creative work to the audience. The theme is Autumn -- fiery

    landscapes, falling leaves, and long shadows. The audience will travel through the neighborhood

    as a group, stopping to hear each performance. Awards will be given for the best presentation

    in three categories -- Best Poem, Best Ballad, and Best Spooky Tale. The audience will vote for

    the winners in a very special way.


    "Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I

    have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at

    bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
    - Gandalf


    We are asking everyone to help raise money for Extra Life, a charity that supports Children's

    Miracle Network Hospitals. We will be asking you to donate through Rick Heaton's (aka Sapience)

    drive as a way of saying "Thanks!" for all of his amazing community support. Everyone who

    donates $25 or more will receive special prizes from Turbine after the drive is over. If enough

    money is raised, we will all receive exclusive in-game pets!


    The event begins at Windy Acres Ranch (9 Chestnut Street, Raglan). After introductions, we will

    travel through the neighborhood as a group and stop to listen to each artist. After we hear

    each of them, we'll return to the ranch, count the votes, and announce the winners. Finally,

    we'll have an open mic stage where everyone can perform their favorite stories and songs.



    How To Vote For The Winners:


    Vote for your favorite artist by telling the host (Kiralynn) who should win in each category.

    If you don't donate, your vote is worth 1 point. If you donate, your vote is worth 1 point per

    USD you give. We'll assume that you gave $5 unless you tell the host how much you donated, so

    you can keep it a secret if you wish. The artist that earns the most points wins in each

    category. The first place artists win 1,500 Turbine Points, second place wins 1,000 TP, and

    third place wins 500 TP.


    You can find more info on the charity drive here:

    http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?...cipantID=88974


    Rules For Competitors:


    You can sign up by contacting Kiralynn on the day of the event. There are a limited number

    of slots available, so please register early.


    You have 5 minutes to recite a poem, 5 minutes to play a song with lyrics, or 7 minutes to

    tell a short story. You can include more than one song or poem if time permits. You may be

    disqualified if your performance runs over the time limit.


    If we have a large number of competitors, you will only be able to compete in one category.


    Songs must have lyrics. This is a competition of words, not music.


    You can recite your poem, lyrics or story in /say, /shout, or /Regional as you choose. (I

    recommend /Regional.)


    Performances should have an Autumn theme. This is a very broad theme that encompasses

    topics such as mystery, shorter days, windy weather, full moons, amber skies, falling leaves,

    acorns, feasting, apple cider, pumpkins, scarecrows, and the harvest. Be creative.


    Your performance must be PG-13. Please avoid "leet" speak, abbreviations, profanity, or

    material which is not suitable for teens.


    This competition is for solo artists. You can bring friends or multi-box to help with the

    performance, however, only the person reciting the lyrics, story, or poem will be given a prize

    code.


    You can tell your story any one of these five addresses -- 3 Fountain Street; 3 and 4

    Garden Street; 7 or 8 Chestnut Street. You can be indoors or in the yard, whichever is the

    appropriate setting for your performance.


    You can use a fancy outfit, emotes, held items, fireworks, and so forth to enhance your

    performance.


    You must be a good guest. Do not interrupt or interfere with the performance of other

    artists

    .
    You can donate money to Sapience's Extra Life campaign and vote for yourself.



    Suggestions For Competitors:


    Explore the event area ahead of time. Pick a good spot for your performance. There are many

    themed areas, including Rohan tents, spooky huorns, Autumn trees, campfires, Elvish relics, and

    even a Dwarvish home. Find a backdrop that matches the theme of your poem, song or story. The

    area decorations will be finalized by September 1.


    Use a plugin or other tool to recite your poem, lyrics, or short story. This will allow you

    to check spelling and grammar ahead of time. It also prevents the audience from waiting for you

    to type.


    Don't post text faster than the audience can read it, or so slowly that they become bored.

    Read your own material as you go to help maintain a good pace.


    Wear an outfit that goes will with the theme of your performance. If friends are going to

    help you perform, consider matching outfits.




    Band Sign-Ups:


    There is one slot available for a band to play after the event ends. We can't be sure what time

    it will end, but I am estimating 6:00pm EDT. Contact Kiralynn as soon as possible if you would

    like to claim this slot. Please bring appropriately themed music.



    Please contact Kiralynn in-game on Landroval or at kiralynn@roll3d6.com if you have any

    questions. We hope to see you there!



    The Starlight Orchestra is playing an opening concert for the Storyteller's Festival.


    Please join us at Windy Acres Ranch, 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land Homesteads.
    -----------------------------------------
    We also have this thank you from Rozalinde.
    ----------------------------------------

    A huge thank you to all participants. This was a record-breaking chicken run. We had 25

    chickens total, 24 of whom made it all the way to the end. We unfortunately lost Lerillos early

    in the run to a stealthed Tomb Robber near High King's Crossing. /mourn We'll make sure she

    gets the title next time! Thank you also to Sobrandorin for lending us the use of his Teamspeak

    channel. And thanks to Abby for streaming the majority of the run LIVE! on her Twitch channel.

    We're famous, you guys!


    The following lists were generated with the tremendous assistance of Hollyberye. Please let us

    know if there are any corrections, omissions, or spelling errors.


    Chickens:
    Abarraniel
    Ashigaru
    Bredhe
    Bumbling
    Caldimac
    Corulin
    Crazypants
    Cygnette
    Feorlic
    Frerivise
    Gloompeach
    Hollyberye
    Hologro
    Leandrond
    Mugwumper
    Naishe
    Nevanna
    Piperia
    Rhanti
    Ritelberry
    Scrambled
    Taeberry
    Thilbos
    Zhynnia


    Fried: Lerillos /mourn /salute


    Escorts: (* denotes the entire run)


    Rozalinde *(Mother Hen)


    Lhinnthel *(Assistant Mother Hen and Leader of the Escort Advance Squad)


    Skeive *
    Qiredis
    Ijnar *
    Daffodilia * (via many alts, Liaison from the Bounders' Chicken Tenders Team)
    Everuil *
    Tiflo
    Viyoley
    Noezo
    Chizer
    Skoch
    Amalynna
    Maethanir
    Nudeln
    Ulliell (Occasional Assistant Mother Hen)
    Obembant
    Sicillia
    Wellie
    Ilonko
    Galdegras
    Brabbo
    Willagifu
    Tylda
    Urika
    Lilje

    -----------------------------------------


    Don't miss the Sons of Numenor Market Day, 3rd Saturday of the month, 9pm, Prancing Pony

    square, bree'
    -----------------------------------------

    Then there is the report for this week from Hollyberye, as follows.
    -----------------------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday 29 August 2014


    The Green Dragon in Bywater enjoyed a large turnout of local hobbits and a few travelling

    dwarves this past Friday. Thorn & Roses was in full bloom with Master Pipes and Misses

    Rosafina and Hollybeary, all three enjoying the lovely songs from many bands, poetry and the

    latest installment from Miss Penina’s brave brother. Miss Lina and others provided plenty of

    news and gossip for those hobbits who spent the week tilling their farms or sleeping on the

    banks of The Water. Nothing like a frothy pint of ale served up by Barmy Rootknot at the Green

    Dragon, to kick off the weekend in style! Miss Lina sang a rousing song about the upcoming

    Farmer’s Faire and how the big folk would be flocking to the fair to drink our little Shire

    dry! We hobbits plan to stop that…When the Thorn & Roses came front and center in front on the

    well-worn carpet by the dancing hearth, they led off with “Aqua Harp,” followed that with the

    lovely “Betty Lou’s Getting Out,” and rounded out with the robust “Dancing in the Dark” and a

    very funny introduction from Master Pipes about Miss Acorne’s commentary on his ability to

    dance about as well as The Gaffer. Most of the hobbits were in such a fine form as to rival

    The Gaffer when he was but a stripling.


    Andune Ensemble 31 August 2014


    Our flower circlets off to Miss Lilikate Buggins, who put together a simply lovely set list and

    kept us all organized and happy as band leader Sir Geoffroi was out gallivanting around and

    could not be with us this past Sunday. Of special note were the superb arrangements of “Let Em

    In,” “Revolution,””Every Breath You Take,” and the rousing encore of “You Can’t Always Get What

    You Want.” Miss Lilikate was joined by Corulin, Hollyberye, Bittercress, Bluecanary,

    Bavelbella,Tomrica, Fayeh and special guests Zedrockk and Krohkur, two highly respected musical

    Dwarves. Together they formed the Andune Ensemble and also entertained the fun audience with

    “Hold On I’m Coming,” “Brown Sugar,” “Circle in the Sand,” “Get Back (You Monkey Dwarf),”

    “Clumsy,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” “Don’t Speak,” “King of Pain,” “Little Wing,” and “Run.”

    We were all delighted with the music, the dancing and the fact that Krohkur donned fresh socks

    for the performance. The quote of the day also came from that fine Dwarf, “Today Andune

    Ensemble is like a couple of poker hands. Pair of Elves, Pair of Dwarves, and a flush of

    Hobbits.” It was a delightful Sunday afternoon outside of the Prancing Pony.


    Hollyberye reporting.
    -------------------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    The increased attendance seen at concerts last week continued this week beginning with another

    large audience on hand for the Bright Star "In the Park" show. This week Bright Star also

    offered a particularly large band with up to 13 performers on stage for a given song.

    Thursday I dropped in the Bird and Baby in Michel Delving just prior to the fifth anniversary

    performance of the Shire Thursday Concert Series. I was particularly pleased to find a group

    frokm Concerning Hobbits on hand inside the Bird and Baby sharing tunes and polite banter. I

    even offered up a tune myself for the attending hobbits to enjoy.


    Sunday the Les Beaux Chapeau Show featured two guest artists who appeared individually at past

    performances. This time the two, Abaraniel and Krohkur who have since joined forces to form

    The Just KrAbbys, appeared together. It was a joy to see some of my favorite performers all

    together on stage putting on the typical fine LBC show. (Though I do wonder sometimes about

    Krohkur's fascination with goats)


    Monday I happened upon a trio from Music, Meade, and Mischief in the early afternoon performing

    at the Prancing Pony Rock. Later at the Farmers Faire I was delighrted to hear two performers,

    a duo of Orladan and Orladina, and soloist Astur performing for Faire-goers.


    The Fishing Area of the Farmers Faire was also the scene of Ales & Tales this week. A nice

    audience was on hand despite thed competing presence of the Main Faire nearby, and attendees

    were entertained by the house band Old Winyards, as well as Orladan and Sholah (I tell ya this

    guy performs in more formats than any other entertainer I know), Bara Bahau, Carndan and

    Kaleigh, and finally self styled goat advocate Krohkur.
    --------------------------------------



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    reporters just can’t keep up with covering so very many deserving events. We are recruiting

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    work. If you wish to file reports, but would prefer to go unnamed/undercover, that can work,

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  6. #106

    V2 e28

    V2 E28

    Dateline: Landroval 9/10/14

    Appologies are in order. Last week in the confusion following our week off we inaccurately

    reported the details of the weekly Les Buaux Chapeaux Show reporting Ths Just KrAbbys as the

    weekly guest artist. In fact this past week the guest artists were DisEnchanted. We regret

    our error and mean no DisRespect to the fine band DisEnchanted.
    ------------------------


    If you follow concerts here in Landroval you have surely noticed a core of entertainers who

    perform with multiple bands, and even solo or in small groups from time to time. Among such

    performers is one who does it all, leading a band, preforming regularly with another, and even

    performing solo or in small groups here and there around our world on a regular basis. If you

    have any interest in music, and even if you don't, this fine fellow is clearly....

    Someone You Should Know.
    -------------------------


    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?


    Orladan Halwende. As to titles, I don't pay much attention to them but I think I am right now

    referred to as "Friend of the Deep Woods". I change them as my mood takes me.


    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    I would say that it has been probably 2 or 3 years since I came here. At least 2.


    Did you begin (or are you now active) on another server? If so, what motivated you to come to

    Landroval?


    I began on many different servers however, there was one I called home before I came over here.

    That was Windfola. I even got a character to lvl cap over there (What was considered lvl cap

    back then (75)) which is rare for me since I don't do a lot of questing but there is really

    nothing better to do over there then quest so it was easier for me to reach lvl cap then it

    normally is.



    I enjoy playing music but there was not really anyone interested over there in playing or

    listening. There are a few but they are few and far between. A friend over there heard me

    playing and said that I should check out Ales and Tales over here. So I made a new character

    over here to check it out. I fell in love and haven't been back since.


    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?


    Music of course! I love making and playing music. I guess it touches the frustrated musician

    in me. All my life, I wanted to be a musician but I was never really all that good at most of

    the instruments I tried to play (Clarinet, Guitar and Keyboard). Lately, I have taken up the

    Penny Whistle (Otherwise known as the Irish Flute) and am ok with that. I can play a few short

    tunes without sending little kids running and screaming which is a step up. It's a good

    instrument for me because I don't have to tune it and the fingering is not too difficult until

    you get to the faster jigs and reels. And if anyone wants to hear me play it, contact me and I

    could play you a tune or two from my very limited repertoire over voice chat.


    One other instrument I would like to get to play is the Bodhran (Pronounced Bow-Run (And that

    is Bow as in take a bow and not what hunters use). For those who don't know, a Bodhran is a

    Irish drum. Watch the next time you attend a concert and look at the drummer. The drum he or

    she is playing is a Bodhran though they are totally playing it wrong.


    Oh dear, I think I went a little overboard on this question.



    Anyway, the reason I am here is for the music. It touches on a need I have always felt but

    could not master and there is nothing better then working on a song, playing it in a band and

    seeing people enjoy themselves listening to it.


    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you

    joined it.



    I am a member of the Bright Star kin. It is a private music guild that my wife Sholah started

    in order to get access to a kinhouse across the street from us. It was soon after that we

    formed the Bright Star band. It is a kin that is mainly just us and our alts. Friends can

    join if they like but they have to be really good friends. We don't run raids or go on

    recruitment drives so anyone looking for raiding buddies will do better to look elsewhere.


    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in

    Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    No orginizations other then the band. We do have a couple of websites though.


    This is the official band website. Here you can visit, chat and download songs from our

    Songbook if you like. You have to be a member to register but you can view most of the site as

    a guest. Registration is restricted to band members only, sorry.


    http://w11.zetaboards.com/Orladan/index/


    You can also download MP3's of our Songbook at this location. All songs are free to download

    and there also some .iso files you can use to burn to CD's. I haven't updated it in awhile so

    it will be a bit incomplete.


    https://drive.google.com/folderview?...nM&usp=sharing


    Do you ever go out into the Moors? If so, Freep, Creep or both? (feel free to share your

    thoughts about adventuring in the Moors)


    No. I have never been to the Moors. Well, not exactly.... I did go to the starting area to

    whack at a training dummy but I never ventured out into the moors.



    I am not a competitive person. I am a co-operative person. I'd rather help someone then beat

    them senseless. Or in my case, be beaten senseless.


    I looked at PvP on WoW and decided it was not for me and didn't care for the PvP people over

    there.


    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?


    There are so many! However, I think that if I had to single out one person that everyone

    should know, that would be Madaelin. She is the most kind hearted person I have known. She is

    always helping new people out including me when I first started here.


    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences here

    in Middle-earth?



    Just that ever since I came over here to Landroval, I have been received with open arms by the

    RP community and they have made me feel welcome over here and have touched me far more then

    they can ever know and I am glad to respond in kind with my music.


    Also, I would like to remind everyone that you can catch the band Bright Star every Wednesday

    night at 9:30 (Eastern) in the park across from the Bree jail. We strive never to give you a

    bad show.
    ------------------------------------

    Two weeks from now The Starlight Orchestra will be performing the full Lord of the Rings

    Symphony. They copuld use a few more musikers for practice and performance. Here is an update

    on information about how you can get involved in this amazing enterprise.
    ------------------------------------

    The Starlight Orchestra.


    Hi Everyone,


    If you ever wondered what it is like being a part of such a large LOTRO musical group?

    There is an opportunity to find out this Sunday 7th September at the Windy Acres Ranch.


    If you wish to play with us we have a few open positions


    Contact Lilikate on Landroval and I will send details and information.


    The Starlight Orchestra: Always on the lookout for new members and you can join by applying

    to:


    BugginsesBands.guildlaunch.com
    -----------------------------------

    It is not common for us to bring you news from other lands, but this one from the land of

    Laurelin seems worthy.
    ----------------------------------

    There And Back Again 2014 - The Musical



    In honor of Mister Bilbo Baggins's Birthday ,Shire Rose and Hobbit Heart proudly present a

    unique musical performance of songs, tales and poems inspired by Bilbo Baggins's adventures. An

    evening in which an adaptation of Mister Bilbo Baggins's great adventure will be told in music

    and words for your enjoyment. Songs, poems and stories will bring to life the incredible

    adventures of Bilbo and his companions as written by him.





    Date: September 21st, 2014


    Time: 8 pm ( British Summer Time) - 9 pm (CEST) - 3pm /servertime


    Location: Bag End gardens on The Hill - The Shire



    Some of the main characters in the story will be enacted, others will be mentioned in the

    narration.


    Characters in the story:


    Bilbo Baggins the hobbit
    Gandalf the wizard
    Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarves
    Elrond Half-Elven, master of Rivendell
    Gollum
    Smaug the Dragon
    Bard the Bowman
    Dwarwes : Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur.
    The three trolls
    Beorn - a shape-shifter who helps the travellers
    The Elvenking, lord of the Elves of Mirkwood
    The Master of Lake Town
    The thrush
    Bard the Bowman
    Goblins
    Wargs
    The Lord of the Eagles



    There And Back Again is a unique musical performance inspired by Bilbo's adventures in The

    Hobbit and adapted by Hobbit Heart for your pleasure. A musical and theatrical performance

    which will involve music, songs, tales and poems. It will be , of course, a simple version of a

    great story but we hope you will enjoy. All races are welcome. The performance will take place

    in the gardens of Bag End, The Hill, in the Shire and will take approximately 2 hours.


    The Hobbit or There And Back Again was originally a story Professor Tolkien wrote for his

    children. The book was published in 1937.It is a fantasy novel, a story of a heroic quest, a

    children's story....and , of course, a true hobbit tale



    "I am personally immensely amused by hobbits as such, and can contemplate them eating and

    making their rather fatuous remarks indefinitely" - J.R.R.Tolkien



    "We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable

    things! Make you late for dinner!"- Bilbo Baggins


    "You're a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I'm quite fond of you. But you are really just

    a little fellow, in a wide world after all" - Gandalf


    Please do come and join us to celebrate Bilbo Baggins's birthday and adventures.

    ------------------------------------

    Here it is. The Story Tellers Festival brought to you by the good folks at the Windy Acres

    ranch. Details are as follows.
    ------------------------------------

    Storyteller's Festival - Sat, Sept 13 at 3:30pm EDT/server in Raglan, Bree



    Storyteller's Festival
    Saturday, September 13th at 4:00pm EDT/servertime
    Windy Acres Ranch, Raglan, Bree-land Homesteads


    A Storyteller's Festival is being held at Windy Acres Ranch -
    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads on Landroval.
    Artists can compete for the Best Poem, Best Ballad, or Best Spooky Story.
    The audience votes for the winners.
    Turbine Points will be awarded to the top three winners in each category.
    We will also be raising money to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals.


    PRIZES: 3,000 Turbine Points for first place in each category.
    1,500 TP for second place and 1,000 TP for third place.






    About This Event:


    Poets, bards, and musicians are invited to gather at Windy Acres Ranch for a festival

    celebrating the art of storytelling. Meet at 9 Chestnut Street in Raglan, Bree-land homesteads

    for a social gathering with fine wine, good ale, and excellent pipe-weed. Once everyone has

    gathered, competitors will make their way out into the neighborhood, finding the perfect

    location to present their creative work to the audience. The theme is Autumn -- fiery

    landscapes, falling leaves, and long shadows. The audience will travel through the neighborhood

    as a group, stopping to hear each performance. Awards will be given for the best presentation

    in three categories -- Best Poem, Best Ballad, and Best Spooky Tale. The audience will vote for

    the winners in a very special way.


    "Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what

    I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at

    bay. Small acts of kindness and love."

    - Gandalf

    We are asking everyone to help raise money for Extra Life, a charity that supports

    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. We will be asking you to donate through Rick Heaton's

    (aka Sapience) drive as a way of saying "Thanks!" for all of his amazing community support.

    Everyone who donates $25 or more will receive special prizes from Turbine after the drive is

    over. If enough money is raised, we will all receive exclusive in-game pets!


    The event begins at Windy Acres Ranch (9 Chestnut Street, Raglan). After introductions, we

    will travel through the neighborhood as a group and stop to listen to each artist. After we

    hear each of them, we'll return to the ranch, count the votes, and announce the winners.

    Finally, we'll have an open mic stage where everyone can perform their favorite stories and

    songs.



    How To Vote For The Winners:


    Vote for your favorite artist by telling the host (Kiralynn) who should win in each

    category. If you don't donate, your vote is worth 1 point. If you donate, your vote is worth 1

    point per USD you give. We'll assume that you gave $5 unless you tell the host how much you

    donated, so you can keep it a secret if you wish. The artist that earns the most points wins in

    each category. The first place artists win 1,500 Turbine Points, second place wins 1,000 TP,

    and third place wins 500 TP.


    You can find more info on the charity drive here:

    http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?...cipantID=88974



    Rules For Competitors:


    You can sign up by contacting Kiralynn on the day of the event. There are a limited

    number of slots available, so please register early.


    You have 5 minutes to recite a poem, 5 minutes to play a song with lyrics, or 7 minutes

    to tell a short story. You can include more than one song or poem if time permits. You may be

    disqualified if your performance runs over the time limit.


    If we have a large number of competitors, you will only be able to compete in one

    category.


    Songs must have lyrics. This is a competition of words, not music.
    You can recite your poem, lyrics or story in /say, /shout, or /Regional as you choose.

    (I recommend /Regional.)


    Performances should have an Autumn theme. This is a very broad theme that encompasses

    topics such as mystery, shorter days, windy weather, full moons, amber skies, falling leaves,

    acorns, feasting, apple cider, pumpkins, scarecrows, and the harvest. Be creative.
    Your performance must be PG-13. Please avoid "leet" speak, abbreviations, profanity, or

    material which is not suitable for teens.


    This competition is for solo artists. You can bring friends or multi-box to help with

    the performance, however, only the person reciting the lyrics, story, or poem will be given a

    prize code.


    You can tell your story any one of these five addresses -- 3 Fountain Street; 3 and 4

    Garden Street; 7 or 8 Chestnut Street. You can be indoors or in the yard, whichever is the

    appropriate setting for your performance.


    You can use a fancy outfit, emotes, held items, fireworks, and so forth to enhance your

    performance.


    You must be a good guest. Do not interrupt or interfere with the performance of other

    artists.


    You can donate money to Sapience's Extra Life campaign and vote for yourself.



    Suggestions For Competitors:


    Explore the event area ahead of time. Pick a good spot for your performance. There are

    many themed areas, including Rohan tents, spooky huorns, Autumn trees, campfires, Elvish

    relics, and even a Dwarvish home. Find a backdrop that matches the theme of your poem, song or

    story. The area decorations will be finalized by September 1.


    Use a plugin or other tool to recite your poem, lyrics, or short story. This will allow

    you to check spelling and grammar ahead of time. It also prevents the audience from waiting for

    you to type.


    Don't post text faster than the audience can read it, or so slowly that they become

    bored. Read your own material as you go to help maintain a good pace.


    Wear an outfit that goes will with the theme of your performance. If friends are going

    to help you perform, consider matching outfits.
    ------------------------------------

    And then we bring you some early detail concerning the upcoming Horrorfest.
    ------------------------------------

    Please post on the Starlight forum if you would like a slot! All bands from all servers

    welcome, the theme is hard rock, goth rock, rock rock, metal and HORROR!


    When requesting your time slot, please bare in mind that Western Europe (including UK), clocks

    will go back 1 hour. The US, and so the 'server time', will remain as it is: their clocks don't

    go back until the 2nd November. So....for example, in the UK time is server time + 5 hours, for

    Horrorfest it will be server time + 4 hours.


    If any bands who have already requested a time slot need to change their slot, please let me

    know asap, thanks!


    Confirmed Bands


    Friday 31st October:


    3pm - Notenzauber


    8pm - Da Bugans (subject to change if another band would like this slot)


    Saturday 1st November:


    3pm - Under the Sunlit Sky
    4pm - Starlight
    5pm - A rock and a hard place


    8pm - Da Bugans (subject to change if another band would like this slot)
    -------------------------------
    Here is our report from Hollyberye for this week.
    ------------------------------

    Andune Ensemble 7 September 2014



    Andune Ensemble welcomed band leader Geoffroi back, as did the warm and energetic audience

    outside the Prancing Pony this past Sunday. A lovely set list was enjoyed by all, including

    band members Quini, Lilikate, Corulin, Fayeh, Braxwald, Hollyberye, Cennwyn and Atear. We

    opened with “Down Under” by Men at Work and closed with J.J. Cale’s “Call Me the Breeze,”

    accompanied by Braxwald with some mighty fine lyrics, enjoying every song in between and our

    special audience guest, Lady Harperella. She was hear d to extoll the lovely melodies

    reminding her of late summer days and golden light. It was especially wonderful to see Aldekim

    dancing in perfect harmony with Lady Harperella.



    While all the tunes were excellent, mention should be made of a few particular standouts:

    Steve Miller’s “Fly Like and Eagle”, Abba’s “The Winner Takes All,” as transcribed by Miss

    Abby, “Groovy Kind of Love” which was the original by Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders and

    clearly identified the oldest members of the band, Cennwyn’s “Man on the Moon" (R.E.M.), and a

    robust and rich “Rock and Roll Medley” arranged by Keli. The musical community is fortunate to

    have so many dedicated and talented musicians.


    ============================== ======

    On the Music Scene

    The week started off with a fashion flourish as Bright Star presented their "In The Park"

    concert. A nice crowd was on hand, but I must admit my mind was distracted from the music a

    bit as my attention was caught by the fine fashions of Madaelin in dark blue with fur accents

    and by Nightmagic and Ereylen with Nightmagic mimicking Ereylen's typical light blue ensemble.


    Though I did not tarry long I did take in a bit of a show put on by Breakfast Club early

    Saturday afternoon by the South Bree Gate for a nice size audience. It is just so wonderful to

    see this band from another land taking root here in Landroval.


    The usual Saturday evening shows were also well attended this week with Animal House and Bards,

    Beers, and longBeards both performing for big audiences. I did not catch all of the Animal

    House show, but while I ws there I was thrilled to listen in to tunes with vocals provided by

    Tearna, Krohkur, Tamoro, and Ereylen.


    The Les Beaux Chapeaux Show this week was ground breaking. Playing for the usual large

    audience, new ideas found expression early when Lifimun and Ereylen joined the band to do a

    really unique two style duet, the first time I have experienced such a performance here on

    Landroval. Also unique was the announcement with the introduction of this week's guest artist

    Maepla. It seems the hobbit lass will follow up on her LBC guest spot by joining with the Just

    KrAbbys in the future. I look forward with great interest to seeing how her input will affect

    the stylings of Krohkur and Abaraniel in that fine band. As with the Bright Star Show I ws

    taken by fashion at the LBC Show with Kaleigh appearing in an ensemble of subdued green hues. I

    must admit I have never noticed that particular dress before, and Kaleigh wore it particularly

    well.


    Performers continue to preliferate. Prior to the Andune Ensemble Show this week the duet of

    Nannewe and Silcia entertained folks at the Prancing Pony Courtyard Fountain, and warming up

    the audience for the show Fayeh performed solo on the stage.


    Ales & Tales offered an unusual number of performers this week. Beginning with a trio billed as

    the Cardolan Contata comprised of Carndan, Kaleigh, and Madaelin the show went on to offer

    performances by Barynon, Corulin, the comedic act by Sigilring, Flyt, and finally Bits and

    Pieces. It was splendid to see so many varied performers take to the stage.







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  7. #107
    Quick update for the Storyteller's Festival:

    Saturday, September 13th at 3:30pm EDT/servertime.
    Windy Acres Ranch, 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land Homesteads

    The event begins with a concert by The Starlight Orchestra playing the Fellowship of the Ring Symphony.
    Next, artists can compete for the Best Poem, Best Ballad, or Best Spooky Story.
    The audience votes for the winners.
    We will also be raising money to support Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

    PRIZES: 3,000 Turbine Points for first place in each category.
    1,500 TP for second place and 1,000 TP for third place.
    --= Windy Acres Ranch -- http://SteelAndMagic.com =--

  8. #108

    V2 e29

    Dateline: Landroval 9/17/14

    One of the nice things about life here in Middle-earth is the amazing assortment of fine

    personalities you will come across. Some will make you raise an eyebrow, and some will make

    you raise an eyebrow then smile. Our interview this week is one of the later and most

    definitely.......

    Someone You Should Know
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    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?


    Daylak Darksbane and I use the title Villain. People keep telling me that title fits me.

    Although I don't know where they get these crazy Ideas. *winks*




    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    I've been on Landroval for about 3 1/2 years I'd guess. Although the first year I spent on

    Torogil and all I did was run around doing solo stuff mostly. I transfered Daylak here 2 1/2

    years ago.


    I started out on Dwarrowdelf server and joined the kin The Lightbringers. We were all new to

    the game and had a blast exploring and leveling in Middle earth. Then we all reached level cap

    (65 at that time) And alot of the kin quit playing and soon the kin disbanded. That's when I

    made my first character on Landroval (Torogil).


    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?


    My favorite activity is making and playing music in the band Bright Star. Much like Orladan

    stated in his interview, I'm a frustrated musician in real life that never learned to read

    music let alone learned to play an instrument. But with the music system in this game I can

    make music and give it my own little personal touch. Also I like going to performances by other

    bands and listen to the wonderful songs they have made.


    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you

    joined it.


    I'm a member of the kin Sons of Numenor. A friend I'd made here on Landroval invited me to join

    a couple years ago and I love it there. Lots of friendly helpful people plus they do some in

    game events that are pretty cool, like we have Symphony of Light V coming up on September 22 to

    celebrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday. Benjimir says we're setting off 10,000 fireworks this

    year! If you've missed this before you have to see it.


    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in

    Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    No, none other than the band Bright Star and the kin Son's of Numenor.


    Do you ever go out into the Moors? If so, Freep, Creep or both?


    I used to play in the Moors on creepside when I was on Dwarrowdelf server, but after awhile I

    grew bored with it and quit playing there.



    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?


    There are so many people I could name, Landroval is full of great people. So many of them

    befriended me and helped me when I first came here. If I have to single one out tho, it would

    be Aevireth my in game wife. It's not easy putting up with the antics of Daylak for as long as

    she has. Don't tell her I said that tho *winks*



    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences here

    in Middle-earth?


    Just to say thank you to those who helped me when I first decided to try out the RP and Music

    scene. Like I said too many to name here but I think they know who they are. They have made my

    time here a lot of fun. And thank you Aldekim for choosing me for an interview, I'm honored.
    ------------------------------------


    Story Teller Festival Winners Announced.
    ------------------------------------

    Winners Announced



    Stories were told, poems were recited, and songs were sung at the first annual

    Storyteller’s Festival. The event began with a concert by The Starlight Orchestra performing

    the Fellowship of the Ring Symphony. Under the direction of Lilikate, this twenty-four-member

    orchestra plays beautiful pieces that are simply lacking when attempted by smaller bands. The

    audience grew quickly as word spread about the quality of their performance.



    While the audience enjoyed the music, thirteen artists made their way around the

    neighborhood, finding the perfect spot at which to present their contest entry. Ballads were

    sung by Baudhaegas, Erikin, Navrian, and Tennyson. Poems were recited by Byrcha and Winri.

    Short stories were told by Acornee, Berynon, Cressley, Viyoley, and Winri. A story and a poem

    were shared by Fayeh and Rhovanael.



    The artists were dressed in an array of stunning and delightful outfits. They spun tales of

    lost love, haunting ghosts, obsession, the One Ring, an ill-fated expedition to Moria, and

    other topics with a spooky or Autumn theme. Some of the performances brought the audience to

    tears while others inspired a great roar of applause.



    As the last story drew to a close, the audience returned to Windy Acres Ranch. Kiralynn

    invited the performers from each category on stage for a vote. The audience was encouraged to

    donate money to Rick Heaton’s “Extra Life” campaign, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network

    Hospitals. If we have inspired you to help, please click here to donate and be a real-life

    hero. Feel free to mention the Storyteller’s Festival in the comments. After all the votes were

    tallied, it was time to announce the winners. The voting was very close. In one case, an artist

    took the lead by only two votes. The artists earned extra votes by raising money for charity.



    In the Best Ballad category, the winners were Tennyson in first place, Baudhaegas in

    second, and Erikin in third. In the Best Poem category, the winners were Rhovanael in first

    place, Byrcha in second, and Fayeh in third. In the Best Short Story category, the winners were

    Acornee in first place, Cressley in second, and Rhovanael in third. The first place winners

    received a grand prize of 3,000 Turbine Points. Second place winners received 1,500 Turbine

    Points, and third place winners were given codes for 1,000 Turbine Points. At the end of the

    evening, $388 were raised for charity.


    Thank you to everyone who attended, especially our performing artists. Many thanks to The

    Starlight Orchestra for an amazing and memorable concert. Special thanks to the heroes who

    donated to Extra Life – Alison Morgan, Anonymous, Claire Balani, Clifford Kutzner, Eric Nail,

    Henrietta N., Jane Haspel, Jay Schlegel, Marja Kerkola, Peter Spanos, Sara Stallard, and Tobias

    Hasselwander. Your generous act of kindness will be remembered!
    -------------------------------------

    It's still a way off, but the folks at the Windy Acres Ranch have a nice event planned before

    year end. Here is a notice for your planning purposes.
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    Theater Night - Sunday, December 14, 4:30-5:30pm EDT


    Join us at Windy Acres Ranch for Theater Night on Sunday, December 14th
    from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.


    Two plays to delight and entertain.



    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.
    -------------------------------------

    Also copming up next month, Horrorfest is looking to be a grand event. Here is therre current

    schedule of performers.
    -------------------------------------

    Confirmed Bands for Horrorfest


    Friday 31st October:


    12pm
    1pm
    2pm
    3pm - The Traveling Bilberries
    4pm - Notenzauber
    5pm - Starlight
    6pm - Bara Bahau
    7pm
    8pm - Flock of Smeagols (TBC)
    9pm - No Whole Bard


    Saturday 1st November:


    12pm
    1pm
    2pm
    3pm - DisEnchanted
    4pm - Under the Sunlit Sky
    5pm - Die Meisterbarden von Bree
    6pm - A rock and a hard place
    7pm - Mondbarden
    8pm - Old Windyards
    9pm - Da Bugans (subject to change if another band would like this slot)
    -----------------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    Last night I noticed that the Runic Knights Orchestra has moved their venue from the Shire to

    the park in Bree across from the jail. I really hope this move helps attract more people to

    the shows put on by this, one of my favorite bands. Watch local notices for their performances

    typically held twice a month. You won't be disappointed.


    A fine crowd was on hand for the Bright Star "In the Park" concert this week. Putting on what

    you might call a series of encores, the band responded to encouragement from the audience by

    performing no less than half an hour of encores!!


    A really massive audience was on hand for the Animal House Show this week. What was likely the

    biggest audience this side of Ales & Tales included the self proclaimed "Famous" Aegthil(mina)

    displaying a new routine by just being nice, rather than his/her usual baudy self. The usual

    guest vocalists this week included Tearna, Tamoro, Ereylen, and Krohkur, plus an amazing trio

    vocal performance by Tearna, Ereylen, and Palafoxia. As is always the case, the Animal House

    Show marathon this week proved highly entertaining.


    As is also the standard now, Animal House was followed immediately by Bards, Beers, and

    longBeards, who put on their typical fine performance.


    The week was particularly enjoyable for me as a number of notable attendees at concerts who

    have been scarce lately showed up. For starters both Kikilaa and Everdir made appearances at

    the Sunday Andune Ensemble Show. Unfortunately our star reporter Hollyberye was called away

    for the week so our coverage of that performance is far from her always fine reports. I was

    quite taken by the large audience at the performance considering that this was the final day of

    the recent Ost Dunhoth siege.


    Later Sunday, passing by the Bree South Gate I was most pleased to take in a small part of a

    performance by DisEnchanted.


    My enjoyment of the presence of long absent socialites was greatly increased at the Les Beaux

    Chapeaux Show this week when I noticed Ladies Belathriel and Eukwen in the audience. I have

    missed these lovely ladies greatly in recent past weeks. Another delight for me this week was

    the appearance of guest artist Tearna being featured by LBC this week.


    Finally the usual large crowd was on hand for Ales & Tales at ehe Silver Spring this week.

    Adding to the recently missing, but returning celebrities this week, Madaelin and Brenstan were

    there. Making her third appearance at shows I attended this week, Tearna performed a rare sit

    in vocal with Old Winyards during the opening set. A particularly strong group of performances

    were part of the show this week. Leading off the performances was "Notorious P.I.E." a duet

    accompanied by vocals by Abaraniel out in the audience. Flyt, and Codella both offered up fine

    stories, and additional music was offered by "Drums in the Deep", the "Cardolan Contata", with

    a jazz duo of Abaraniel and Krohkur finishing up a fine set of guest performances before the

    Old Winyards Dance Set finale.



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  9. #109
    You weren't there, but we did this just for you, Aldekim

    Enjoy!

    [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/tpuz9mv.png[/IMG]
    The Just Abby's Webiste - [URL]http://justabbys.com[/URL]
    The Just Abby's Videos - [URL]http://twitch.tv/lotro_abby[/URL]
    Abaraniel - 100 Minstrel, Abarraniel - 100 Rune Keeper, Abbaraniel - 100 Hunter

  10. #110

    honored

    I am so honored by the KrAbby's tune. Thank You Abaraniel and Krohkur.
    Aldekim (95 Landroval) Aldekim (65 Meneldor), Aldekim (13 Arkenstone),Aldekim (33 Laurelin), Aldekim (11 Nimrodel), Aldekim (Crickhollow), Aldekim (Elendilmir)

  11. #111

    V2 e30

    Dateline: Landroval 9/24/14

    From time to time we here at the free Press run interviews. This week we are doing it just a bit different from the usual. Today we offer our first interview of a couple. There are many fine couples here in our realm, but few appear together as consistently as Wicked and Nightmagic. So here we present our first interview of.....

    Someone(s) You Should Know.

    ------------------------------------


    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?


    We use our Weatherstock Bard titles because they are special. J And as a married couple our last name is Panzer.


    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    We have been on Landroval for over two and half years.


    Did you begin (or are you now active) on another server? If so, what motivated you to come to Landroval? Just Landroval.


    We were introduced to this server by a friend, so this was our first and only.


    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?


    Well music of course, but we also love to fellow with friends and run instances and raids. And explore the beautiful landscape.


    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you joined it.


    We are both members of AnimalHouse. AnimalHouse has been around for about 2 and a half years. We are level 10 and very exclusive. Primarily just our band members.



    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    We are listed on the players calendar. But no website. No forums. And we don’t belong to any organizations. We limited time to play and spend most of it on our music and the band.


    Do you ever go out into the Moors? If so, Freep, Creep or both? (feel free to share your thoughts about adventuring in the Moors)


    We haven’t Freeped. We do have some Creeps but we haven’t played them for a long time.


    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?


    Wow…there are so many wonderful people, but you probably know about them already…have you interviewed the Breetles?


    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences here in Middle-earth?


    Wicked and I really love the people of this server, they are friendly, and fun. We really enjoy the audience getting involved in our concerts with dancing and singing. It makes the concerts feel more like a party.
    --------------------------------

    What with Bilbo's Birthday much of our staff was focused on that event and so our coverage is slightly reduced from the norm this week. The birthdat party was such an influence, many events were influenced, also. And so this week we feature events coming up n the future more than events from this past week.
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    Join us for a Solve-A-Mystery Roleplay Contest


    Saturday, October 25 at 4:00pm servertime on Landroval
    Meet at Windy Acres Ranch, 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.
    Solve a mystery, roleplay, and enjoy fine music!




    The event features a detailed roleplaying story and is open to characters of all levels.
    The game is designed to be played by any number people. The event will last about 2 hours.
    During the game, our actors will take scripted roles in an exciting mystery story.
    You will roleplay a Bounder, Ranger, sheriff, or someone else appointed to investigate.
    Clues are gained by interviewing the suspects and witnesses, roleplaying in-character.
    The suspects and evidence will be located at five different, adjacent houses near the ranch.


    After completing your investigation, tell the host who the culprit is and why they commit the crime.
    The first three who correctly solve the mystery win Turbine Points and other amazing prizes!


    Participants should show up dressed appropriately for a night at the theater or as investigators.
    Please leave weapons larger than daggers at home. Pets should be kept outdoors.


    This year's theme is Phantom of the Opera! Music provided by The Remediators.
    More information on prizes, band performances, and story details will be available in October.



    Contact Kiralynn on Landroval or by email at kiralynn@roll3d6.com if you have questions about the event.
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    Confirmed bands and open slots for Horrorfest.
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    Confirmed Bands


    Friday 31st October:


    12pm
    1pm
    2pm
    3pm - The Traveling Bilberries
    4pm - Notenzauber
    5pm - Starlight
    6pm - Bara Bahau
    7pm
    8pm - Flock of Smeagols (TBC)
    9pm - No Whole Bard
    10pm - The Just KrAbbies
    11pm - Les Beaux Chapeaux
    12am -


    Saturday 1st November:


    12pm
    1pm
    2pm - The Starlight Orchestra
    3pm - DisEnchanted
    4pm - Under the Sunlit Sky
    5pm - Die Meisterbarden von Bree
    6pm - A rock and a hard place
    7pm - Mondbarden
    8pm - Old Winyards
    9pm - da Bugans (subject to change if another band would like this slot)
    10pm -
    11pm -
    12am -
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    From the good folks at Windy Acres Ranch.
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    Join us at Windy Acres Ranch for Theater Night on Sunday, December 14th
    from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
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    And in the more distant future...
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    Mark yer calendars for ... Winterstock II!


    Hear ye, hear ye! Alert the town criers! Send out the riders! Light the beacons! Mark yer calendars for ...


    WINTERSTOCK II!


    January 16th-19th, 2015
    Thorin's Gate, Landroval server



    No competition. No crebain. Just music. And fireworks. Band sign-up information TBA, but mark yer calendars anyway!
    -----------------------------------

    And then there is this from our Ace Reporter Hollyberye, just returned from vacation.
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    Green Dragon Friday, 19 September


    Thorn & Roses had a lovely time at the regular gathering of Hobbits and visiting Dwarves at the Green Dragon in Bywater on Laurelin. Pipes, Rosafina and Hollybeary thoroughly enjoyed the rather piratical theme led by Miss Lina. A definite highlight was Ponso regaling all of us enthralled locals with the tales of his adventures that left us shivering and anxious to hear how it all turned out. When it came time for Thorn & Roses to perform, the trio were honored to be sandwiched between so many talented small bands. (You can always read more about it at laurelinarchives.org.) Pipes led his lovely lasses luting away in “Soul Sacrifice” but some mighty fine drumming, too, from Pipes, followed by a quiet little tune, an original from the Elf Keli, “The Peaceful Glade,” noteworthy for some exquisite fluting and lastly, “December 63” with Miss Rosafina starring on the clarinet. Pipes never spoke truer words when he said, “Thank you all, it is always our pleasure to play for you.”


    P.S. Miss Lina looked rather ill when Pipes offered to provide an entire concert of all bagpipes. We hope she has recovered…


    Andune Ensemble, 21 September


    After a pleasant rehearsal, Andune Ensemble moved to the Bree stage across from the Prancing Pony to perform a very relaxing set list. Band leader Geoffroi was joined by Corulin, Lilikate, Atear, Hollyberye, Esyae, Fayeh, and Braxwald. The band led off with Tromblon’s transcription of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” very nicely done, and despite the misty rain falling on our band and its audience, the ring of fire burned brightly. The Eagles’ “Tequila Sunrise” was sure good on the ear, and we had the pleasure of entertaining the composer, Sir Beobauer. Keli’s transcription of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” was well received, and Miss Lilikate did a lovely job singing the lyrics penned by Miss Larksong of Crickhollow, all about being a Hobbit from The Delving. It was especially enlightening to know that those hobbits don’t let their feet get really shaggy, like the hobbits up in Brockingborings.


    We all had a good laugh when Geoffroi introduced the next piece as “…something rather lovely (like me really)” and it turned out to be extremely lovely despite what he said, “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone. We thoroughly enjoyed Ariwyne singing the lyrics from the audience to Lhinnthel’s “How to Save a Life,” such a very pretty tune. “Big Country” and “Cowboy Cassanova” led us to Palwyn of Notenzauber’s transcription of “Home land Farmland”—very well done, indeed. Lilikate’s “Yellow” by Coldplay was also beautiful, and Corulin did a remarkable job with the song and very amusing lyrics to “Boris the Spider” by The Who. Keli’s transcription of Sam Cooke’s “Bring it On Home to Me” was a real crowd pleaser. “Ramble On” was a special number from Led Zeppelin, courtesy of Keli, and after this the band launched into a tribute to pirates everywhere enjoying their special day: “Keelhauled” and “Rum,” both by Alestorm, and“Drunken Lullabies” by Flogging Molly. What a note storm that last number was and what a terrific piece! It was an exciting end to the regular Sunday concert.


    --Hollyberye reporting
    ------------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    With much of our staff out running down stories about Bilbo Baggins in the Shire this report is somewhat different than the usual.


    Tracking down those stories we did catch some of a show put on by Fionah & Feet at the Ivy Bush in Hobbiton Bywater for those passing by gathering stories, an activity participated in by many folks this past week leading up to Bilbo & Frodo's Birthday Event Monday.


    As is always the case Bright Star performed "In the Park" Wednesday evening. I was quite taken by a song sung by Ereylen teaturing the exploits of Fincin and Daylak. I must say the rather eclectic mix of musical offerings generally performed by Bright Star reminds me a lot of performances by the Green Hill Music Scoiety back when Falibrand was waving the musikin stick for that band.


    While none of our staff was able to attend, we hear there was a storytelling fest Sunday at ths Bree Horsefields. It is too bad we were so busy as this event was certainly something we would like to have seen in person.


    Late afternoon Sunday we took in a bit of a show on the Pony Stage performed by a mix of DisEnchanted artists and a couple of "Frequency Modulators." I know I have seen these FM folks around the concert scene, but I have yet to put a name to their faces.


    A somewhat larger than usual crowd was on hand for the Les Beaux Chapeaux Show this week. Part of the reason being guest artists Bara Bahau and another reason being the attendance by several members of the Sons of Numenor who took a moment to tout their upcoming Festival of Lights coming up that Monday. I was extremely pleased to see Merlinor and Cellindis at the show as I have been missing them lately. On a fashion forward note I was also rather taken by Pinoh who attended the show in a very noble, classy, white outfit.


    Ales & Tales this week began earlier then usual and only had about two thirds of the regular audience due no doubt to the Festival of Lights pr-eparty going on at the same time and the Festival itself which followed soon after the end of Ales & Tales.


    And speaking of the festival of Lights a fine crowd gathered at the Golden Perch in Stock a couple hours befor the fest to party down and enjoy the musical offerings of the Just KrAbby's and Bright Star both of whom presented shows for the pre-party. Then it was off to Rivendel for the grand birthday party. The Festival started off with a superlative performance by a dozen members of Les Beaux Chapeaux followed by another fine band I have agreed to not name here in the Free Press. A perticular thrill for me happened when Bilbo, wandering about the crowd, offer an inquery as to the attendance or lack thereof of super vender Tinki! I am sad to report that miss Tinki has been suffering ill health lately and was not able to be there.



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  12. #112

    V2 e30

    Dateline: Landroval 10/01/14

    We begin this week with a report from our recently returned reporter Molly Bayberry on the

    recent Bards, Beers and longBeards show.
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    This reporter (recently returned from an expedition attempting to find the fabled Lost Library

    of Combe, down in the spider tunnels) was able to attend the Saturday concert of the BBB. Had

    the passage of a year made the band calmer and more mellow? Had repeated sojourns in the

    Bree-town jail affected the mischief-seeking hobbits or the bold debauchery of the Tall Folk?

    Had Madame Celestine's finally been forced by outraged public opinion to close? A few short

    minutes were enough to demonstrate that BBB has in no way surrendered to the moderating forces

    of time or good taste (or legality).



    The show started off with a massive release of barnyard and wild animals, right in front of the

    Prancing Pony. As the Bree-watch ran off, distractedly chasing their dogs chasing the animals,

    the band took the stage, to the acclaim of the crowd, which conservative estimates numbered at

    10 people.



    This week the band featured no fewer than six hobbit lasses, Wrenlhin, Lauralda, Sonca, Byrcha,

    Lilikate, and Rozalinde Fairholm of Concerning Hobbits. In the back row were Beorbrand and Miss

    Eilye (a face new to this reporter), as well as a bald maiden, or fellow, in a dress, who

    claimed to be someone named Aegthilmina, and who was equally popular (or un-) with the cute elf

    chicks as the world famous Aegthil.



    After leading off with a modest anthem to themselves, they offered a poignant love song about

    herbs, somewhat puzzlingly sung by Beorbrand, with his deep, gravelly voice and hiccups. Then

    they switched the tempo with some really delightful jigs, that had the whole crowd (now

    numbering around 15) on their feet. (The music was unfortunately accompanied by some vulgar

    banter about bathing and the bodily functions of Beorbrand. This has always been the case with

    BBB, that the wonderful music is better enjoyed by ignoring the lyrics or banter of the band.)



    Miss Byrcha then sang a strange tune of existential angst that had the audience puzzled. Where

    were the pies?



    After that, Aegthilmina performed a quick costume change and became Aegthil, the Rose

    Rock-star. After making his usual costume adjustments, he burst out with a rollicking but

    extremely vulgar song. This is a family newsletter, so this reporter will leave it at that.

    (These kinds of songs do seem to inspire the band, though-- the music was irresistible.) At the

    conclusion of this song, half the audience left.



    Then Miss Wrenlhin performed two lovely songs, a little sad though, about love gone wrong,

    which would have been more moving if the band and audience hadn't been completely inebriated

    and boisterous. Then Miss Eilye sang the saddest song ever, about the hobbit, Frodo Baggins. By

    the end of it, the audience had grown maudlin.



    And so the band dusted off a consistent crowd favourite, about Marti the fighting man, which

    Beorbrand sang with his usual inebriate gusto. And then, once again changing the mood, he sang

    a song about a birdhouse in his beard. (Perhaps there is a tender, nurturing side of

    Beorbrand?)



    The last song was a personal favourite of this reporter, the Tea Lady Song... but the crowd

    (diminished in numbers, but but not in enthusiasm) demanded an encore. BBB obliged with a song

    by Lilikate about something... "Monkey Dwarfs"? It was a confusing, but spirited, end to a very

    entertaining concert.



    Thank you, BBB!




    Molly Bayberry
    Adjunct Reporter
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    And we have this just in from the Valar themselves!
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    Frelorn
    Community Manager

    Official: Fall/Winter Time Events (Tentative)
    To continue our tradition of letting you know what is happening when, here is our listing of

    events for the rest of this year.

    Please keep in mind all of these dates should be considered tentative and they may slip and

    slide around to accommodate other things, and it should not be considered all inclusive as we

    may add additional events or dates.

    October
    3 - 5: Hobnanigans
    21 – November 2nd: Fall Festival


    November
    7 - 9: Hobnanigans
    14-16: 25% Mark Acq. Boost
    21-23: Lootbox Weekend
    26 – December 4th: 25% Bonus XP


    December
    5 - 7 : Hobnanigans
    12 – 14 : Buried Treasure
    16- January 15th : Winter Festival

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    It's a mystery...and a charitable auction. Here is the scoop on the upcoming Windy Acres Ranch

    event.
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    Charity Auction - Sat, Oct 25 at 4:00pm EST/server in Raglan, Bree


    The solve-a-mystery evening will begin with an in-game live auction!
    Meet at Windy Acres Ranch -- 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads
    on Saturday, October 25 at 4:00pm EST/servertime


    We will be auctioning sets of in-game items. Participants can listen in and bid on the

    neighborhood's Regional channel.


    The winning bidder must donate the promised amount directly to Rick Heaton's "Extra Life"

    campaign to receive the items.


    This campaign raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.





    Here is the list of auction items so far...


    * Lonely Mountain Band Concert --
    Members of the LMB will perform a one-hour concert at a time and location chosen by the

    auction winner (based on player and character availability).



    * Ride To Victory --
    Sufficient reputation items to gain Kindred status with the following factions:
    Men of Bree, Mathom Society, Thorin's Hall, Elves of Rivendell, Rangers of Esteldin,

    Wardens of Annuminas, Council of the North, Lossoth of Forochel, Iron Garrison Miners, and Iron

    Garrison Guards.
    There are also travel maps in the set to help your character reach faction vendors.
    Gaining Kindred status grants the ability to buy faction steeds, enjoy discounts on travel

    and goods, purchase special goods and recipes, and repair gear at a discount.
    It will also grant 50 Turbine Points per faction, unlock faction titles, and bring the

    character very close to completing the World Renowned deed.
    We may have more than one of these sets available at the auction.



    * Maps of the World --
    One of each wall housing item necessary to complete the Eriador and Moria cartographer
    deeds.


    * Color Your Wardrobe --
    A set of seven cosmetic dyes of each color.
    We will have three or more of these sets available at auction.


    * Friend To The Animals --
    One tome for each Lore Master animal: cat, dog, frog, fox, snake, and squirrel.
    We may have more than one set available at auction time.


    * Master Musician --
    One manual for each of the following instruments: clarinet, flute, harp, horn, drum,

    theorbo, bagpipes, pibgorn, cowbell, and moor cowbell.
    We will have at least two of these sets available at auction.


    * Live Like A Horse Lord --
    One each of Rohan furniture pieces: bed, bookcase, credenza/bureau/cupboard, chair,
    chandelier, shield rack, keg, tapestry/shield set, antlers/stag head, shelf, and horse post.
    Also included are a bear skin rug, brown rug, log holder, animal trophy, and other

    miscellaneous furniture items.

    We will have at least two of these sets available at auction.



    Additional items may become available before the event.


    Auction Rules
    * Each item set will be announced and questions about it will be answered before bidding

    begins.


    * Kiralynn will conduct the auction in the neighborhood's Regional channel. Please make

    sure you have this channel active in your chat window.


    * Bidders must announce their bids on the Regional channel. Kiralynn will acknowledge high

    bids as she sees them.


    * Bidders can offer any amount of money exceeding the previous bid. In the case of tie

    bids, the first one received by Kiralynn will be accepted.


    * Once bidding on an item has stopped for over a minute, Kiralynn will call for last bids

    on an item. If no higher bid is received, the auction will close.


    * The high bidder must immediately donate money to Rick Heaton's (Sapience's) Extra Life

    campaign, in the full amount of the bid.


    * The item set will not be sent to the winner until the donation is confirmed on the

    campaign's donation page, and the winner has sufficient space in his/her in-game mailbox.


    * Kiralynn must be able to identify the donation by the name or correct amount. Bidders can

    contact Kiralynn through /tell with donation information if necessary.


    * Previous donations to Extra Life do not qualify as auction bids.


    * If the high bidder is not able to complete the donation, the second highest bidder will

    be offered the item set at the lower amount they offered.


    * The winner must receive the items within 24 hours, through sufficient space in inventory

    and in-game mailbox.


    * In the event of a dispute, tie bid, or issue involving lag, all efforts will be made to

    resolve the situation fairly, however Kiralynn is the final authority.


    * There are no refunds. All sales are final.


    Contact kiralynn@roll3d6.com with any questions.
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    We also bring you this announcement about a recurring concert.
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    Maidens Of Vanimor Play The Bree Park Fortnightly


    Come see The Maidens of Vanimor playing every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the

    Bree Park opposite the Jail for good music and smiles at 9:00 servertime. We'd love to see you.

    Come enjoy!


    The Maidens of Vanimor - Free Music for The Free Peoples
    -------------------------------

    Next up, the report for this week from ace reporter Hollyberye.
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    Green Dragon Friday, 26 September 2014


    One of the nicest things about being in The Lonely Mountain Band and in a musically-minded

    Middle Earth milieu like we see on Landroval, Laurelin, Crickhollow and elsewhere, is the

    collaborative aspects of making music together. A perfect example played out in the following

    scenario last Friday at the Green Dragon in Bywater on Laurelin. Miss Cennwyn produced a

    lovely rendering of “Man on the Moon” by R.E.M., which played to an appreciative crowd recently

    when the Andune Ensemble performed on Landroval. Cennwyn was working on lyrics about the

    ill-fated Turin of the First Age and passed them to Hollyberye, who quite enjoyed adding to the

    richly tragic story. That inspired Miss Cennwyn to produce a final set of lyrics that are as

    fine as you will find. Keli took the beautiful music and cut it to four players, more suited

    for the small ensemble bands at Green Dragon Friday. So, this past Friday, M iss Rosafina,

    Miss Hollybeary and Master Pipes were joined by their dear friend Miss Acorne and together they

    performed the song and lyrics to a very warm crowd. Quite lovely! “Turin did you hear about

    Morgoth? His curse will overthrow you some day. And when you lost the sound of laughter, Did

    you lose your way? If you believed in the legends of old (legends of old), If you believe—then

    remember him.”


    Our cultivator of roses, Master Pipes, also had his little band perform an old lullaby set to

    his own music, inspired by a darling baby hobbit he knows and loves, “Suo-Gan,” and really

    beautiful and crowd pleasing it was. Thorn & Roses rounded out their spotlight on the

    well-worn carpet at the Green Dragon with a lively “Reel Beatrice.”


    Miss Acorne provided rose-dyed gossamer dresses to The Roses so we really were looking like

    Thorn & Roses! As our dear thorny Pipes said, “As you can see, my garden is growing, three

    roses tonight and they are all bloomin’ lovely!” What a lucky hobbit lad he is.


    Andune Ensemble, 28 September 2014


    Bandleader Sir Geoffroi was joined by Fayeh, Braxwald, Corulin, Lilikate, Hollyberye, and Atear

    to perform across from the Prancing Pony this past Sunday afternoon as the Andune Ensemble.

    Before the nice sized crowd—and we appreciate all of you—the band opened with Keli’s adaptation

    of Lord Kitchener’s “Jump in the Line.” This was immediately followed by the author’s personal

    favorite, Cennwyn’s “Samba Pa Ti,” an exquisitely rich piece by the great Santana. Other

    numbers included “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band,” “When You Say Nothing at All”

    accompanied by Lhinnthel from the audience, “Shame and Scandal” with suitably scandalous lyrics

    from Geoffroi, “She’s Not There,” “The Beat Goes On,” Lilikate’s very lovely “The Dance,”

    Keli’s version of Van Morrison&rsqu o;s “Have I Told You Lately,” and Eilye’s excellent

    rendering of Led Zeppelin’s “The Fellowship Song.” Another special highlight of the concert

    was the signature song by the psychedelic band It’s a Beautiful Day, “White Bird.” The Middle

    Earth audience was really grooving to this, had they only known…Andune Ensemble rounded out

    their fine concert with Eilye’s “Tico Tico” and then was fortunate to have Lhinnthel join them

    to sing the lyrics to her own “Daddy’s Hands,” a perfect Last Song, as our astute band leader

    was quick to note!


    It was delightful to enjoy The Frequency Modulators on stage, following Andune Ensemble.
    --------------------------------

    There is a new opening in Dol Amroth this evening. Here are some of the details about it.
    --------------------------------

    The Bowing Swan Tavern -- New Dol Amroth RP Hub [Opening October 1st]



    The Bowing Swan Tavern


    The bowing Swan Tavern is open for business! Brought to you by the same people who run The

    Broken Cask, The Bowing Swan Tavern is an experimental initiative to cultivate a reliable RP

    hub in the beautiful city of Dol Amroth.


    Open hours are every Wednesday from 9 PM to 11 PM EST. Our opening night is tonight

    (October 1st)! The Bowing Swan is located in the open-air tavern area in Dol Amroth.




    Everything you need to know about the tavern, including menu, drinks, and IC and OOC rules,

    can be found on our main page here. {editorial addition: the link to that page is not available

    in this posting of the Free Press. The location is in the Scholars Quarter which can be found

    on your in-game map once you are in the city proper]



    Getting to Dol Amroth


    At first glance, the current end-game zone doesn't seem like a great place for RP. However,

    it is also one of Middle-earth's most unique settings, and there are more reasons now than ever

    to start RPing Gondorian characters.


    The minimum level for the zone is 85. This means a character must be at least 85 to

    map-bind, rez in, and be summoned to this zone. However, for one Mithril Coin, characters of

    any level can swift-travel from South Bree-town to Dol Amroth.


    If you are below level 85, mobs outside the city will try to attack you from great

    distances even if they are usually docile. However, you will be completely safe inside the city

    walls.



    We're looking forward to seeing you all tonight!
    ----------------------------



    On the Music Scene


    The times, they are a changin.


    The usual large crowd was on hand for the Animal HOuse Show this week. The audience included a

    rather large contingent of pets, as is happening all over the concert scene recently. On the

    Fashion watch I was quite taken by the splendid purple theme displayed in the attire of orladan

    and Sholah. I personally dropped by the show for a few moments early and then for the last

    hour. It seems in the interim some sort of contest took place with pet swans passed out to the

    winners.


    The large audiences, which seem to be turning into a trend, were also apparent at the Les Beaux

    Chapeaux Show this week. In a new wrinkle for the LBC show their special guest this week

    Carndan began with the telling of a tale followed by a musical performance augmented by Kaleigh

    and Madaelin who joined him on stage.


    The audience for Ales & Tales this week was a bit smaller than the typical, likely due to the

    location of the Show which was performed just outside the vinyards of Lothlorien.

    Unfortunately travel to that locale is very difficult for many of the Free People. Acts for the

    evening included a performance by Corulin, and trio performance by Notorius P.I.E. (a group

    consisting of members of Rechazar Nazgul), some musical stylings from Flyt, and finally a

    performance by Lhinnthel including an opening recitation of one of Tolkien's poetical works.

    On the fashion watch, I was quite taken by Kaleigh's beautiful yellow ensemble that played so

    well off of the mallorn leaves scattered about on the ground. Yellow is definitely a good

    color for Kaleigh.


    And finally, Bright Star returns to perform the next in their "In the Park" concert series

    tonight. They are promising a "special" show for this evening.
    -------------------------------



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    There are now so very many events happening all over Landroval, the Lonely Mountain Free Press

    reporters just can’t keep up with covering so very many deserving events. We are recruiting

    reporters to cover these happenings. Bylines will be provided crediting reporters for their

    work. If you wish to file reports, but would prefer to go unnamed/undercover, that can work,

    too. Interested parties please contact Aldekim.


    Running an event, but need help publicizing that event? Just send the details to Aldekim by

    Tuesday mid-day for announcement in the Lonely Mountain Free Press.


    ~Aldekim Etal, Publisher
    Lonely Mountain Free Press
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  13. #113

    V2 e31

    Dateline: Landroval 10/08/14

    There are so many noteworthy folks here on Landroval, it is just amazing. Some of them are

    hard to miss, others just quietly go about helping make Landroval a better place for others.

    Every event has some of these fine folks working quietly in the background for the benefit of

    all of us. This week we begin our news with an interview of just such a fine person, and most

    definitely.......

    Someone You Should Know



    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?



    Greetings all! In Middle-Earth, I go by the name Lhinnthel, though I do have many alts .

    Currently, I am wearing the ‘Bringer of Light’ title that I earned recently with a friend in

    The Mirror-Halls. Often, I proudly wear The ‘Crosser of Roads’ title - it was such a fun to

    earn and I will always look fondly back on the hours spent laughing and making horrible chicken

    jokes with a wonderful group being led across Middle-Earth by our Mama Hen, Miss Rozalinde!



    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    I have been on Landroval since the 20th day of January, year 2011.



    Did you begin (or are you now active) on another server? If so, what motivated you to come to

    Landroval?



    I am so fortunate to have chosen Landroval on a whim, when I first came upon this wonderful

    game! LOTRO was my first real MMO, so I did quite a bit of reading and browsing of the official

    forums while the game downloaded (it took all day!) - Landroval seemed like it had a friendly

    and mature community. Also, I loved the idea of living on the server named after one of the

    Great Eagles!



    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?



    Oh, how to chose! Cosmetics have taken up many of my hours and I’ve a bursting full wardrobe..

    and vault.. and housing chests to support my fashion whims! (Please, let me buy more wardrobe

    slots, I need to stuff more things in that closet!!) Collecting steeds and participating in the

    Windy Acres Ranch Riding Team, when it is active, is also a very much loved pastime.



    Of course, playing music and dancing to other folk’s music takes up a fair amount of my

    playtime as well. It’s always interesting to hear everyone’s unique take on abc transcriptions

    and lyrics! My many characters also find great joy in just roaming the landscape and soaking up

    the beauty of our world!



    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you

    joined it.



    I am! I joined The Lonely Mountain Band near the end of April in 2012. Up until then, I had

    been a solo player. One day, while slogging my way through Forochel on my warden, I saw an

    advertisement in regional for an event called ‘Ales & Tales.’ Being curious, I followed a large

    group of people, both on foot and horseback, to a gorgeous little island in the middle of

    Starmere Lake ( we swam to it beneath a star-filled sky). After a night of music, dancing and

    fireworks - I was pretty much hooked.


    After a few months of attending Ales & Tales and other events, I worked up the courage to apply

    with a new character (my now main Lhinnthel). Being a member of LMB has been such an enriching

    and delightful experience! I’ve done things I never thought I’d have the daring to try - such

    as transcribing music (sadly, I’ve zero RL musical ability), leading a band and having fun in

    raids and large groups.



    I’ve a little alt kin as well, mostly to hold houses and to test out my transcriptions. If you

    see anyone from Lalië Fëa running around or playing, that’s me!



    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in

    Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    I am an officer of The Lonely Mountain Band and greatly enjoy helping my kinmates in any way

    that I can! I also share bandleader duties of Old Winyards with the lovely Lady Byrcha. Monday

    evening at Ales & Tales is a highlight of my week, thanks to a great group of folks who take up

    stage crew and band duties! We do so enjoy watching everyone dance and have fun while we all

    share our love of music!



    I am also a band member of The Starlight Orchestra, led by Wonder Lili, the fabulous Just

    KrAbby’s on Friday nights and, though I am a bit hesitant to do so, I will also claim to play

    as a degenerate with BBB on Saturday evenings! Spending these hours with great groups of

    friends and kinmates cannot be missed - I love that the music is so varied and the time passes

    so quickly because of the fun we are having!



    My little blog can be found at http://laliefea.wordpress.com, though it’s quite dull at the

    moment and I’ve only posted sporadically.



    Do you ever go out into the Moors? If so, Freep, Creep or both? (feel free to share your

    thoughts about adventuring in the Moors)



    The Moors! Several months back, Byrcha, Lindorieh and I decided to sneak into The Moors as Free

    People, to see what it was all about. Surprisingly, we all had a grand time and have had

    adventures there on many occasions. I’ve not been there much since stepping foot in Dol Amroth,

    but look forward to doing so again in the future. It is quite fun to battle a large group of

    Creeps, even when my ankles are often nibbled on by certain wargs!



    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?



    Hmmm, there are so many fabulous people on Landroval that it’s hard to say! I’m also not sure

    who all has been interviewed already! How about Faerochil, Eilye, Corulin, Craicwyth,

    Bittercress, Hollyberye, Zedrockk, Maepla…. oh, dear I could just keep on going forever!!



    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences here

    in Middle-earth?


    Not really! I am just glad to be able to take part in such a wonderful community as Landroval.

    Many times over the years, I have heard that our server is a unique place in the MMO world! I

    believe this to be true and feel very fortunate to be here.
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    Do you have plans for this evening? If not you may wish to take in this concert.
    -----------------------------

    Come shake and fingerpop! at the Maidens of Vanimor Motown Soul Revue Wednesday Oct 8, Bree

    park 9:00! We'd Love to see all our new friends come dance and smile at our motown soul

    concert. And a big thankyou for your support so far. Opening the show will be Rhunt and his

    band P.I.E. at 8:30, followed by soul, grooves and chancey moves by the Maidens, and then we'd

    like to invite anyone who has a song to share for open mic to finish.

    Big Love, The Maidens
    -----------------------------


    Here's advance notice of an upcoming event
    -----------------------------

    Farmer Pierson's 3rd Annual Harvest Party: Sat. October 25th @ 9PM


    Mark your calendars!!


    Farmer Pierson invites you to his 3rd Annual Harvest Party!
    Saturday, October 25th
    9o pm to Midnight
    At Farmer Pierson's Home (South of Bree, near the skirmish camp)
    On Landroval
    Music by Animal House


    Poor Mr. Pierson! All his animal were scared off by some rowdy brigands and he needs your

    help!! Please show up in your best animal costume to help encourage his animals to come back

    home and we'll give the best costumes a prize!


    You can also earn prizes for telling the best 3 minute scary story. Bonus points if it is

    about or contains animals!


    Animal House will be serenading us throughout the evening and there will be a Guess That

    Tune prize as well!


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    And next we offer the weekly report from Hollyberye.
    ------------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday, 3 October 2014


    Lina Willowwood of Laurelin is our multi-talented and kind hostess at Green Dragon Friday, and

    this occasion in Bywater was no different than any other in that it showcased a multitude of

    talents in an atmosphere of convivial drinking and chatter with plenty of pies and pipeweed on

    hand. The wonderful small bands afforded ample opportunity for dancing and we all could rest

    our hairy feet when exciting tales and interesting local news was shared. Miss Lina opened

    with a song about a pastry thief that led to quite a discussion about biscuits. Miss Primrose,

    adorned in a lovely shade of blue, enthralled us with a lullaby from Lossoth, and Uswin gave us

    a few very jiggy songs! A great many other hobbits entertained the rather large crowd, not the

    least of which was Ponso and his exciting tale, and the side conversations at The Green Dragon

    were completely diverting.


    Finally Lina said, “So let’s weed out the Thorns and tend to the Roses!” and we almost missed

    our queue! Pipes started Rosafina and Hollybeary off with a couple of traditional tunes, “The

    Greenland Whale Fisheries” and “Pivot Brig Medley” and the final number was a gorgeous

    rendering of “Do Re Mi” that despite Pipes caution to “…beware of tricksy Hobbits pretending to

    have finished when they are merely pausing for ale” one of the roses blushed rose red when the

    false ending caught her out…::still a blushing beary:: Luckily it is a very forgiving and kind

    gathering and all the news and bands that followed were quite diverting.


    Special mention should be made of the lovely 7th Anniversary Party of the Grand Order the very

    next day—what a wonderful event it was.


    Andune Ensemble, 5 October 2014


    The Andune Ensemble played to an especially kind and receptive audience that appreciated the

    excellent playlist. The band, led by Sir Geoffroi, really enjoyed itself this Sunday afternoon

    outside of the Prancing Pony. Opening with Keli’s clever arrangement of the “Troll’s Polka,”

    Braxwald, Cennwyn, Corulin, Hollyberye, Atear, Lilikate and Fayeh joined Geoffroi in this

    lively and bagpipe-filled number. A truly lovely and lilting version of the Marshall Tucker

    Band’s “Heard it in a Love Song” was followed by Cennwyn’s exquisite “Edge of Seventeen,” a

    Stevie Nicks’ song. The band was lucky enough to hear the lyrics-in-progress during rehearsal.

    A second Cennwyn song debuted, James Taylor’s “Carolina on My Mind” and this one with lovely

    Cennwyn-penned lyrics about Brockingborings. Next the band showcased a song by Finnson of

    Crickhollow, Fun’s “We Are Young,” followed by Lhinnthel’s “Heaven Isn’t Too Far” (Warrant) and

    sung by our dear Lhinnthel from her regular spot in the front row. A concert highlight was

    most definitely Miss Lilikate’s special transcription of The Beatles’ “Get Back” with new and

    delightful lyrics about the Monkey Dwarf and Lizzy’s special victory. The Fidelila hobbit

    lasses, who hid behind the stage setting off fireworks after every number, really enjoyed

    dancing to this number!


    Keli’s “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits) was an excellent change of pace to calm our

    racing hearts down but still keep them uplifted. Van Morrison’s “Domino” as transcribed by

    Keli kept us dancing in a gentler mode, and Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life” made us

    mellow. Eilye’s superb arrangement of “Dueling Banjos” revved up the audience hugely and

    Serbryt’s “Sway” kept them elevated. Geoofroi sang the original lyrics to Beorbrand’s version

    of “These Boots Were Made for Walking” and the band followed that with “I Did What I Did for

    Maria.”


    The Andune Ensemble’s encore was a very special Keli version of Vivaldi’s “Storm” and was a

    huge hit and fitting end to a great concert. We were delighted to see many of our regulars

    back (like you, Zedrockk!). Andune loves Landroval and thanks you all for attending.


    --Hollyberye reporting
    -------------------------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    The week got off to a good start with a special "Octoberfest" performance when Bright Star did

    their "In the Park" Concert. The audience was warmed up when Vanimor, now a rather regular

    Wednesday performing band, performed just prior to the Bright Star Show. A lagre audience was

    on hand for the show with the band ofering as many as 15 band members at one point of another.

    Friday the Just KrAbbys performed for what may have been the largest audience I've seen aside

    from special events. Playing with a "country western" theme I was intrigued to see this week's

    interview subject Lhinnthel among the members of the band. It has been nice to see the growing

    number of new members that have joined forces with this band over the past few weeks.


    I suspect many of you know I am a great fan of the art of the dance. This week at the Just

    KrAbbys Show Acelnon and Danniwyn put on a wonderfull display of customized dance steps. Truth

    be told, the fair lady Danniwyn has established quite the reputation for fine dance with a

    growing list of partners vying for the opportunity to dance with her on the concert scene.


    Saturday no less than four shows (maybe more) happened around Bree. Breakfast Club performed

    at the South Gate around mid-day. Later Under the Sunlit Sky performed at the Pony Rock.

    Animal House put on their usual marathon show by the Pony Stables in the evening, followed by

    the midnight shenanigans of Bards, Beers, and longBeards.


    Sunday No Whole Bard returned as guest performers at the Les Beaux Chapeaux Show. Usually

    saying that the band was as large as the audience means the audience was not very big. This

    week for the LBC show it was quite different as both bands lined up 11 members strong resulting

    in a hugh number of folks on hand for the event.(at one popint LBC actually had 12 members on

    stage) I was pleased to see Siegrune arrive for the show after being away for some time. The

    lady truely adds some extra life to any event she attends.


    The line up of lead personalities was unusual at Ales & Tales this week. Lhinnthel did

    performance front work, Sullo did the announcements, and I, Aldekim, directed Musical

    Mentoring. The performances were balanced a bit out of the ordinary, too, lead off with a

    musical duet by Orladan and Sholah, followed by Belmyriel and Estrell each of whom offered

    tales, and finally Lhinnthel played some tunes for us prior to the usual Old Winyards Dance Set

    finale.


    On a final note, I must admit my schedule has been out of the usual for some weeks now, and

    promises to continue so for some weeks to come. The end result has been my failure to cover

    the shows put on regularly by one of my favorite bands the Runic Knights Orchestra. I sincerely

    hope they don't get the impression that I am ignoring them, for they are among the very best of

    bands in this reporter's not so humble opinion.
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    Classified advertisements: HELP WANTED


    There are now so very many events happening all over Landroval, the Lonely Mountain Free Press

    reporters just can’t keep up with covering so very many deserving events. We are recruiting

    reporters to cover these happenings. Bylines will be provided crediting reporters for their

    work. If you wish to file reports, but would prefer to go unnamed/undercover, that can work,

    too. Interested parties please contact Aldekim.


    Running an event, but need help publicizing that event? Just send the details to Aldekim by

    Tuesday mid-day for announcement in the Lonely Mountain Free Press.


    ~Aldekim Etal, Publisher
    Lonely Mountain Free Press
    Aldekim (95 Landroval) Aldekim (65 Meneldor), Aldekim (13 Arkenstone),Aldekim (33 Laurelin), Aldekim (11 Nimrodel), Aldekim (Crickhollow), Aldekim (Elendilmir)

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    Cover of the Lonely Mountain Free Press

    So yeah... Aldekim?

    We may have had a little fun on Friday night... but it was one of the crowd favourites, so ...



    And this is ONLY a hint... maybe

    [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/tpuz9mv.png[/IMG]
    The Just Abby's Webiste - [URL]http://justabbys.com[/URL]
    The Just Abby's Videos - [URL]http://twitch.tv/lotro_abby[/URL]
    Abaraniel - 100 Minstrel, Abarraniel - 100 Rune Keeper, Abbaraniel - 100 Hunter

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    V2 e32

    Dateline: Landroval 10/15/14

    We begin this week with an interview of a dwarf who has made his presence well know on the concert circuit. We present this without editing so you may find the dwaarfish dialect a bit difficult to follow, but we wanted you to hear in his own speech from this.......

    Someone You Should Know


    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?


    Hey! You're talking to me ? I'm Zedrock(k), without specific title.


    I'm also known as Zed, Zedbunny and Big Rock uhuh^^



    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    Rock On Since 1977... uh!


    Nah!


    Just novice on Landroval.


    I came in summer 2013 on Landy with a big motivation... Assault on the Weathertop!



    Did you begin (or are you now active) on another server? If so, what motivated you to come to Landroval?



    I started to play in 2011 on the common french server named Sirannon to play at LOTRO like everybody.


    After many adventures, i stopped the challenge at the feet of the Tower of Orthanc then deep dive in the LOTRO Music System.


    Then I began to dream of a kind of woodstock in Middle-earth with many bands and... Weatherstock V was the thing that make me to come among you!



    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?



    My favs activities now are everythings about Music.


    Nothing but the MUSIC, ./roar and ./drink emoting!


    Of course, music covers a wide range of assessments, and mine are mainly due to ambient, to the energy, power and tone, and dynamics! but some of you may already have noticed^^
    (and I really apologize for your sensitive ears Free Friends People!)



    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you joined it.



    I'm member of many kinship but there're more bands than real kinship.


    First, i'm Bandleader of La Guilde Des Troubadours on Sirannon, a french kinship for Minstrels only and to play exclusively music.


    After i'm member of Les Savoureuses Mélodies and Les Chantefables on french server Estel, and, finaly, member in Les Chantefables on Landroval.
    I joined Les Chantefables to play with others french friends who wanted to reach the weathertop and play for the Weatherstock VI in 2014.


    At last but not least, i'm the leader of Bara Bahau, which is specialized in many uncommon styles like various extreme Metal and speed & noisy louder sound!


    I like to push the Music System to its limits!



    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    When i'm coming on Landy, i quickly be introduce on LOTROartists by the warmhearted Mystifax (from Die Meisterbarden Von Bree), to share my talents with others.


    Even if LOTROartists will not become what it would be by the time, now i'm an official activist for the french bands who wish to play on Landy and i can manage any calendar acces for schedule.



    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?


    Ok!


    Time to credits!


    It will never be enough to say, there are so many talented and nice people on Landy to meet.


    So, many of them had been interviewed for the Free Press before.


    Anyway, i recommended to speak with the so nice and friendly - mademoiselle - Louellana, the exceptional and irreplaceable bandleader of Les Chantefables; and Mister 'One Man Show' Addoc, from the same band.


    Someone we should know is the baldy Bruzo, bandleader of the Weatherstock 2014 winner band A Rock And A Hard Place.


    Bru' is surely the man you must have to speak more about the LOTRO Music System;


    My fav chick Calanne, Rockfest & Horrorfest Manager, from Starlight must be interviewed too!


    I think also about Weetodd and The DisEnchanted, Everdir and The Maidens of Vanimor (the best sound, with Andune, in game in my point of view).


    Oh! And why not Under a Sunlit Sky bandleader ? or this fresh new band The Little Wanderers!


    After, it will be interesting to speak with Tinybel & Flowerdew, first and regular Extrem Metal Bara Bahau's hobbits fans;


    and don’t forget the Visitor From Another Server, the Everywhere & Every Party's hobbit Vethlo!



    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences here in Middle-earth?


    Landroval Music community is great! That's wonderful to share time and tunes with it!


    I apologize for my anytime surely weird english writting but that's 'coz i'm a frenchie Rock'n'bunny guy!


    Zed’Bara’Rock Luv You
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    WE're gonna shop til we drop! Here are the details.
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    Name: Sons of Numenor Market Day


    Server: Landroval Time: 9.00pm – 10.00pm


    When: 3rd Saturday of Each Month



    Location: Prancing Pony Inn Square, Bree.


    Co-hosted by Middle Earth Crafts and Wares, come see the fruits of our artisans’ labor! Looking for a new sword? Need to replace that dusty old suit of armor? Fancy becoming a craftsman yourself, but need to stock up on raw materials? Come see what we have to offer. (RP Encouraged, but not mandatory.)
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    And here is another event coming up soon (tm).
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    You are invited to join


    ANIMAL HOUSE and Tearna for the


    3rd Annual Harvest Party out at Farmer Pierson's place, south of Bree on
    Saturday night, Oct. 25th starting at 9pm and running til midnight.


    Farmer Pierson has fallen on hard times as all his animals were stolen or scared off by brigands! We hope to entice his animals to come home by making the farm feel inhabited and "homey" again. Please come in your best animal costume!! There will be prizes for the best outfits.


    The 3 minute scary tale is back again!! This year, your tale should contain animals if you want to have the best chance to win
    .

    There will be other games, such as name that tune.


    Prizes will include items such as gold, vanity pet tomes, teal essences, Hobnobigan tokens, etc. Be sure and mark your calendar!!
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    Next we bring you the report for this week from Hollyberye.
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    Green Dragon Friday, 10 October 2014


    Seldom does one get to redeem oneself in splendid fashion, but Master Pipes, leader of the ensemble band Thorn & Roses, provided that opportunity with an introduction to the first song, “…after last week’s little "accident" we are going to reprise Do Re Mi for you - no pressure Hollybeary!” To be perfectly clear, this is one of the loveliest tunes to ever play in the Green Dragon and it really needed that flute the whole way. It also has the tricksiest false ending you ever heard in any song in Middle Earth! Miz Acorne joined the group, with Miss Rosafina detained unavoidably south of Bywater, and while we missed her dearly, we did find solace in a simply perfect playlist. In addition to “Do Re Mi,” we entertained our friends with “Silence is Golden” with the caution from master Pipes to all the lads present to remember it’s not good to be silent to the one yo u care for—tell her; and ending with the lively “Sabre Dance.”


    The homely evening in Bywater began with Miss Lina’s song about the Michel Delving Mayor’s love of sausages…and cheese…and biscuits…and mutton stew… Miss Primrrose entertained us with a song about the dance of love, and Ponso filled us in on just what excitement occurred on Day XXIV of his adventures (please see the Laurelin Archives for the complete adventure). After Thorn & Roses performed, most of us rested our dancing feet to hear all the latest local news. Of special note is the mystery band playing in the Oldfurlong neighborhood on Monday, October 20th (3PM on Laurelin) in costume! Miz Acorne is your hostess. Amorey and Yahi of Hobbit Heart gave us some very atmospheric tunes and then our special friend Miz Acorne regaled the delighted crowd with a tale about when she and two lads (Hooh and Tinybel, cousin to Winzigbel) found “sum cheese” f rom a dead wight. And it all started at an Andune Ensemble concert on Landroval! The moral of the story is chicken soup; Tibba’s chicken soup, that is! Pinni taxed our brain with some riddles and then the Badgers launches into some really fine dancing music. We love the Badgers at the Green Dragon. Our Dwarven visitors asked to play and we very much enjoyed Barkgrim and Dwalia and their “Song of the Frustrated Goblin” and were quite touched by the song of brotherhood, friendship and even love that followed. After a bit more music we threw ourselves vertically into the Bouncing Song and enjoyed “Home Sweet Home” before the outdoor fireworks finale. Another perfect start to the weekend in Bywater!


    Andune Ensemble, 12 October 2014


    Sandwiched between Miss Lilikate’s wonderful birthday concert and The Lonely Mountain Band Kin Meeting, the Andune Ensemble enjoyed a large and very enthusiastic audience this afternoon in Bree, as they played their hearts out. Band leader Geoffroi was joined by Corulin, Atear, Hollyberye, Lilikate, Braxwald, Fayeh, Quini and newcomer Falleriel, not at all new to LMB bands but to this band. Well done, Falleriel.


    The set list ranged from the robustly energetic to the hauntingly beautiful with some amazing lyrics along the way. The band opened with “The Magnificent Seven Theme” and followed that with “Y’a de la joie” from Tromblon, and we were all quite delighted when our dear friend Zedrockk recognized the tune and sang the French lyrics from the audience. Jethro Tull’s “Thick as a Brick” was up next, then Dallofin’s “Cajun Rock.” Lots more birthday wishes came Miss Lilikate’s way when her rendering of “Boom Boom Boom” was played! The crowd was rip-roaringly ready for Deep Purple’s “Highway Star,” a new adaptation by Keli, and exciting everyone as well as generating a humongous amount of musical notes in the crisp Bree air. “California Girls” was simply lovely and we very much enjoyed the special lyrics about Middle Earth girls, “a hymn to those Michel Delving lasses.” Anar’s “Perfect Song” was next. The Moody Blues’ “The Story in Your Eyes” was an exquisite transcription by Byrcha and enhanced by Braxwald singing the lyrics. Corulin’s “The Final Countdown” brought out the most vigorous dancing, with some skilled bagpiping. “Beyond the Western Seas” was a complete change pf pace, and the final number was a lively “Folsom Prison Blues.” As Geoffroi said, “Thank you Landroval, we love you, see you again next week.”


    --Hollyberye reporting
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    We also bring you the latest news concerning the Solve-a-mystery and charity auction coming up later this month.
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    The solve-a-mystery evening will begin with an in-game live auction!


    We will be auctioning sets of in-game items. Participants can listen in and bid on the Regional channel of Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.
    The winning bidder must donate the promised amount directly to Rick Heaton's "Extra Life" campaign to receive the items.
    This campaign raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

    Here is a list of items available so far...


    * Lonely Mountain Band Concert --
    Members of the LMB will perform a one-hour concert at a time and location chosen by the auction winner (based on player and character availability).


    * Ride To Victory --
    Sufficient reputation items to gain Kindred status with the following factions:
    Men of Bree, Mathom Society, Thorin's Hall, Elves of Rivendell, Rangers of Esteldin, Wardens of Annuminas, Council of the North, Lossoth of Forochel, Iron Garrison Miners, and Iron Garrison Guards.
    There are also travel maps in the set to help your character reach faction vendors.
    Gaining Kindred status grants the ability to buy faction steeds, enjoy discounts on travel and goods, purchase special goods and recipes, and repair gear at a discount.
    It will also grant 50 Turbine Points per faction, unlock faction titles, and bring the character very close to completing the World Renowned deed.
    We may have more than one of these sets available at the auction.


    * Maps of the World --
    One of each wall housing item necessary to complete the Eriador and Moria cartographer deeds.


    * Color Your Wardrobe --
    A set of seven dyes of each color.
    We will have three or more of these sets available at auction.


    * Friend To The Animals --
    One tome for each Lore Master animal: cat, dog, frog, fox, snake, and squirrel.
    We may have more than one set available at auction time.


    * Master Musician --
    One manual for each of the following instruments: clarinet, flute, harp, horn, drum, theorbo, bagpipes, pibgorn, cowbell, and moor cowbell.
    We will have at least two of these sets available at auction.


    * Live Like A Horse Lord --
    One each of Rohan furniture pieces: bed, bookcase, credenza/bureau/cupboard, chair, chandelier, shield rack, keg, tapestry/shield set, antlers/stag head, shelf, and horse post.
    Also included are a bear skin rug, brown rug, log holder, animal trophy, and other miscellaneous furniture items.
    We will have at least two of these sets available at auction.



    Additional items may become available before the event.


    Here are the auction rules --
    * Each item set will be announced and questions about it will be answered before bidding begins.
    * Kiralynn will conduct the auction in the neighborhood's Regional channel. Please make sure you have this channel active in your chat window.
    * Bidders must announce their bids on the Regional channel. Kiralynn will acknowledge high bids as she sees them.
    * Bidders can offer any amount of money exceeding the previous bid. In the case of tie bids, the first one received by Kiralynn will be accepted.
    * Once bidding on an item has stopped for over a minute, Kiralynn will call for last bids on an item. If no higher bid is received, the auction will close.
    * The high bidder must immediately donate money to Rick Heaton's (Sapience's) Extra Life campaign, in the full amount of the bid.
    * The item set will not be sent to the winner until the donation is confirmed on the campaign's donation page, and the winner has sufficient space in his/her in-game mailbox.
    * Kiralynn must be able to identify the donation by the name or correct amount. Bidders can contact Kiralynn through /tell with donation information if necessary.
    * Previous donations to Extra Life do not qualify as auction bids.
    * If the high bidder is not able to complete the donation, the second highest bidder will be offered the item set at the lower amount they offered.
    * The winner must receive the items within 24 hours, through sufficient space in inventory and in-game mailbox.
    * In the event of a dispute, tie bid, or issue involving lag, all efforts will be made to resolve the situation fairly, however Kiralynn is the final authority.
    * There are no refunds. All sales are final.



    Contact kiralynn@roll3d6.com with any questions.
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    Here's the latest posting from the good folks of Vanimor.
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    Hello Dear Friends!
    What a great night last week!
    We loved playing all those soul tunes for you
    and what a great turnout! Thank you so much for coming to hear us.
    This wednesday we're opening for Bright Star again in the Bree Park at 8:00.
    We're going to play a load of our early songs from when we first started 18 months ago
    and you can tell us how they stand up! The following wednesday 22nd we will be swinging at 9 with special guest - RKO's Pinoh and Friends. also at the Bree park
    Big Love, The Maidens
    -----------------------------------


    On the Music Scene

    The wek got off to a fine start when a rather large crowd gathered for a special "Motown" show put on in the park across from the Bree jail by Vanimor. Festivities began early when P.I.E. did a set before Vanidor began. performing their usual well produced set.

    Thursday one of our reporters happened upon a performance by Grayhawke and the Circle of the King on the Pony Rock.

    Saturday the Prancing Pony Courtyard was the scene of much activity. Usually festivities there begin with the Animal House Show, but this week both Orladan and Bara Bahau were there performing before the Animal House Show. And then there was Animal House. With advance notice going around that Bards, Beers and longBeards would not be performing Animal House performed for even longer than their usual three hours. Word has it that BBB was canceled due to Beorbrand being taken ill, but one must wonder if the real problem was lack of ability to raise bail on the part of "Beardy".

    Sunday also saw more than the usual availability of music starting with a special concert in honor of Lilikate Buggins Birthday. An amazing array of people were there for the celebration including a remarkable collection of members from the music performing community, both in the audience and performing on stage with Lilikate.


    Our report from Hollyberye covers the Andune Ensemble Show Sunday so I willnot detail that again here, but I will mention the show was followed by a performance put on by a duo from Rechazar Nazgul on the Pony Rock.

    And naturally the evening Sunday concluded with the usual Les Beaux Chapeaux Show. This week I was particularly thrilled to take in this show as the guest artists for the evening were the Runic Knights Orchestra, a band I have been unable to see in concert these past few weeks.

    Ales & Tales this week was hael on the East Porch of Elrond's Last Homely House in Rivendell. The opening set performed by Old Winyards, the house band, included a splendid final number sung by Bittercress singing a tale about Fincin and Les Beaux Chapeaux. Other preformers for the evening were Corulin accompanied by "A" drunken Elf, the three hobbits known as P.I.E., part two of a tale told by Estrell and a fine set performed by Bits an'Pieces.

    And finally, speaking of songs about folks here in Landroval, while I was not able to attend the performance I hear the KrAbbys set this past week included a song about the Lonely Mountain Free Press!



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  16. #116

    V2 e33

    V2 E33

    Dateline: Landroval 10/22/14

    Here it is. A murder mystery and a charity auction all rolled into one.
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    Join us for a Solve-A-Mystery Roleplay Contest
    Saturday, October 25 at 4:00pm - 6:30pm servertime on Landroval
    Meet at Windy Acres Ranch, 9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.
    Solve a mystery, roleplay, and enjoy fine music!




    The event features a detailed roleplaying story and is open to characters of all levels.
    The game is designed to be played by any number people.


    The event begins with a live auction of in-game items to raise money for charity.
    The highest bidder in each auction must donate the promised amount directly to
    Rick Heaton's "Extra Life" campaign to receive the items.


    New auction items have been added, including a Tome of the Snowy Fangorn Huorn and a Tome of the Black Swan!


    The mystery game begins at the conclusion of the auction.
    During the mystery game, our actors will take scripted roles in an exciting story.
    You will roleplay a Bounder, Ranger, sheriff, or someone else appointed to investigate.
    Clues are gained by interviewing the witnesses, roleplaying in-character.
    You will have 30 minutes to interview the witnesses, located in adjacent houses.


    After completing your investigation, tell the host who the culprit is and other details of the crime.
    The first three who correctly solve the mystery win Turbine Points and other amazing prizes!


    Participants should show up dressed appropriately for a Halloween masquerade party or as investigators.
    Please leave weapons larger than daggers at home. Pets should be kept outdoors.


    After the mystery is solved, participants are invited to stay for a concert.
    Music will be provided by the Remediators and the Starlight Orchestra.
    This year's theme is Phantom of the Opera!


    More information will be posted as the event approaches.
    All rules and necessary information will be provided at the event.



    More information is available regarding the mystery!


    A ruby necklace has been stolen during a Halloween masquerade party.


    In order to win, investigators must determine...
    Who stole the ruby necklace?


    * What color was their mask?
    * What food did they eat the most?
    * What musical instrument did they play?
    * What pipe weed did they smoke?
    * In what order did they arrive?


    The first people to answer with the greatest number of correct details will win Turbine Points.




    Contact Kiralynn on Landroval or by email at kiralynn@roll3d6.com if you have questions about the event.
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    Here is the report for this week from Hollyberye.
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    Green Dragon Friday, 17 October 2014


    Highlights of the most recent salubrious Friday evening spent at the Green Dragon in Bywater ranged from Uswin’s epic tale of danger (concerning turtles!) to Goldry singing about love with the Vanimettes to a wonderful song from the Badgers that Lina sang about “Grumpy Hobbits.”


    Our own Thorn & Roses showcased the musical talents of Master Pipes and Miz Rosafina with the latter’s transcription of “Landslide” and the former’s “Never Let Her Slip Away” and “Clouds.” The last number was devised by Pipes while lying on a riverbank pretending to fish, while really just watching the clouds. “Never Let Her Slip Away” came with some crowd-warming lyrics of new found love. Hollybeary especially enjoyed fluting to “Landslide.” As Miss Lina said, “Well rosed” and “Well thorned.”


    The evening’s festivities took away all the little cares that creep into the work week, even in The Shire, and after a few songs and tales, Plumberg had forgotten the vexatiously late delivery cart, and Barmy was as happy as can be with all the drinks consumed, despite a few spills




    Andune Ensemble, 19 October 2014



    A delightful crowd and a wonderful set list made for a terrific Sunday afternoon concert with Andune Ensemble in Bree. With Sir Geoffroi at the helm, and a band comprised of seasoned musicians, “Fiddler’s Elbow” helped us sort out our positions and make room for our instruments as well as our elbows. Corulin, Hollyberye, Lilikate, Fayeh, Braxwald, and Atear moved with “Haste to the Wedding” as they were “Learning to Fly” with Lhinnthel’s sister Wrenlhin singing her own lyrics. Everyone eased into a delightful change of pace as they searched for Corulin’s “Witchy Woman” most appropriately paired with the “Beetlejuice Theme” and when a witch gets hold some Beetlejuice you know there is going to be a “Bad Moon Rising” and the output of that must be “Tir-na’n-og.” The audience was reminded there is always a “Symphony of Hope” and for the wilder elements, “Rockin Me” is just what was needed, of course, “’Til There Was You.” “Smoke on the Water” was perhaps the delayed output from the earlier “Witchy Woman” but was so utterly splendid, no one really cared why, just that it was playing for all to enjoy along with splendid lyrics about Lake-town, Bilbo and Smaug! There is simply nothing that could follow that except “Stepping Out” to have a “Lark on the Strand” although if one visits the uniquely atmospheric “Wyrmbane Forge” they might be in for an “American Wake.” That was enough music and fine dancing to polish off the last of the “Spanish Flea(s)” as an encore. What do fleas do other than bite, asked Geoffroi? A perfect segue into the very last number, “At the Hop.” A lot of fine jumping, worthy even of the conclusion of a Green Dragon Friday, marked the end of Andune Ensemble’s luminous performance. We bow to the unique, kind and enthusiastic members of the Bree audience!



    --Hollyberye reporting
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    Notice noticed.
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    Les Chantefables Fall Concert on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 3pm


    Les Chantefables invite you
    At the Party Tree in The Shire


    Come on & Dance with us
    The Thursday October 23
    on Landroval at 3pm EST (9pm EST)
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    And another notice noticed.
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    Hello Again Dear Friends! The Maidens are back this wednesday 22 in the Bree Park starting at 9:00 servertime. This week we're featuring the music of Elton John - but do come earlier if you can to see our special guest, RKO's Pinoh and Friends. It will be a night of lovely music and we hope to see you there.
    With Love -

    The Maidens x
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    On The Music Scene


    The week got off to its' usual good start with Bright Star "In The Park" preceeded by Vanimor. The typical substantial crowd was on hand for the show and I was pleased to participate in the dancing including, at one point, no less than eleven folks all lined up and doing fine line dance. Once upon a time such dances were fairly common, but I see less and less such things now.


    Saturday Animal House put on their usual fine show highlighted when I first arrived (late as usual) to fine Tamoro singing a song to Tearna. The song proved all the more entertaining when Krohkur walked up at the end of the song and asked the band to repeat the tune so he could perform it with an entirely different set of lyrics. All in all the usual large audience was on hand for another fine Animal House preformance.


    After that I stayed around for the Bards, Beers, and longBeards show just on the other side of the Pony Rock from where Animal House performed. I must say it strikes me that the BBB shows have gotten a bit less rowdy and a lot lesss rude over recent weeks. All of that matters little as BBB music is among the finest performed by any band in the land, and the energy of trhe performers is topped by no one.


    Sunday morning I was a bit surprised when I stopped by the Three Farrows CrafT Hall to do a bit of scholarly work while entertained by a trio of "Wandering Minstrels."


    As I almost always do, I spent Sunday evening taking in the always fun show put on by Les Beaux Chapeaux. This week the show fetured a group I have seen quite a bit of lately as P.I.E. took the stage as featured guest artists.


    And then my week came to a typical close with Ales & Tales, performed this week at Crickhollow in Buckland. I expected the crowd to be shoewhat diminished as the Fall Harvestmath Celebratiion also began Monday, so I ws most pleased to see a very large crowd on hand for the show. Performers this week included (Where have I seen this name before) P.I.E., Shintako & Friends (It was nice to see Shintako back on the scene after a rather prolonged absence), Berynand, and finally Bits and Pieces performed (Another group that has been missing of late). I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised to see Tamoro and Tearna doing a most original variation on the Man Dance later in the show. In case you haven't noticed I am always pleased to see folks doing original variations on the various dances. I would also be remiss if I did not mention having the pleasure of doing a bit of mentoring under the direction of Sonca, a dear friend who has not been able to fill in that duty often of late.


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  17. #117

    V2 e34

    Dateline: Landroval 10/29/14

    Here are the results of the recent charity auction run by the good folks at the Windy Acres

    ranch.
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    The auction was a grand success!


    Thank you to all the generous people who donated legendary sums to a worthy cause.
    Special thanks to all the people who donated hours of their time to gathering the in-game

    items we auctioned.
    Once again, members of the Lonely Mountain Band and the LOTRO community prove that they are

    real life heroes!


    We raised $1,612 for Children's Miracle Network hospitals and Extra Life!
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    This charity event was held along with the Solve a Mystery Event. Winners of that portion of

    the event are as follows.
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    Congratulations to our solve-a-mystery winners:

    1st place -- Winri
    2nd place -- Laerlin
    3rd plcae -- Ijnar


    Well done, investigators!
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    And here is a list of performers for Horrorfest coming up soon.
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    Confirmed Bands



    Friday 31st October:


    3pm - The Traveling Bilberries
    4pm - Notenzauber
    5pm - Starlight
    6pm - Bara Bahau
    7pm - 'Halloween Entertainment'
    8pm - Flock of Smeagols
    9pm - No Whole Bard
    10pm - 'Halloween Entertainment'
    11pm - Les Beaux Chapeaux
    12am - The Grayhawke Band


    Saturday 1st November:


    12pm - P.I.E.
    1pm - 'Halloween Entertainment'
    2pm - The Starlight Orchestra
    3pm - DisEnchanted
    4pm - Under the Sunlit Sky
    5pm - Die Meisterbarden von Bree
    6pm - A rock and a hard place
    7pm - Mondbarden
    8pm - Old Winyards
    9pm - The Royal Eriador Philharmonic and Brass Band Orchestra
    10pm - 'Halloween Entertainment'
    11pm - da Bugans
    12am - Warewargs of Lindon
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    Notice Noticed.
    ------------------------

    Time for the No Whole Bard Halloween concert! Come in costume and join in the spooky fun at the

    Bree stage this Sunday, 2nd November, at 6am /servertime (11am UK, 12 noon Germany, 10pm AEDT,

    9pm for Qld)
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    And here is our report for the week from Hollyberye.
    ------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday, 24 October 2014


    Master Pipes continues to live up to his “Cultivator of Roses” moniker, as the Thorn & Roses

    were again joined by our dear friend Miz Acorne. With Rosafina and Hollybeary rounding out the

    garden patch, they played “My Baby Just Cares for Me” to the kind and receptive crowd at the

    Green Dragon Inn in Bywater on Laurelin. Following that really nice song, we moved on to

    Gabriel’s Oboe, with a particularly nice use of all the wind instruments. Pipes sang all about

    the “Hobbit from the Delving” and the little ensemble wrapped up their performance on the

    well-worn carpet with a fast reel. Quite a lot of great music, news and storytelling went on

    all evening, but Ponso’s exciting tale so overwhelmed the imagination of the reporting hobbit,

    that she can hardly recall any details. (I think she may be a bit smitten with this brave

    lad.)


    Andune Ensemble, 26 October 2014


    As usual, the Andune Ensemble set list contained a variety of toe-tapping tunes, from the new

    Corulin number “The Rose,” the lilting Miz Fincin song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and a slew

    of new tunes, many with most fitting lyrics, from our band leader Geffroi. He was joined by

    Lilikate, Fayeh, Corulin, Hollyberye, Braxwald and Atear, who all encourage you to stop on by

    and stick around for some splendid music and great company on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Bree.


    The highlight of this concert, for the most unashamedly prejudiced reporter, was the

    introduction of two Billy Idol songs by Keli, “White Wedding” and “Rebel Yell,” the latter

    accompanied by lyrics penned and performed by Hollyberye. Explosive numbers they were!

    Equally important was the tribute paid to the late Jack Bruce with “Sunshine of Your Love”

    (Cream).


    Following Andune Ensemble’s performance, we all repaired to the Bree Park to enjoy a splendid

    show staged by The Firebrands from Crickhollow. Under the tutelage of Beorbauer, the 14-member

    band performed an excellent set list on steeds and in cowboyesque costumes, with special

    effects and a cohesive theme. It was an auspicious introduction of this talented band to

    Landroval. Welcome, Firebrands!
    --------------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    Wednesday started the week off to the usual good start with a Vanimor concert in the park

    across from the Bree Twon Jail, followed Thursday when Concerning Hobbits moved their regular

    party to the Shire Party Tree in Hobbiton. Music and games were provided for a substantial

    audience undoubtedly augmented by Harvestmath Festival attracted by the high energy of the

    crowd dominated by enthusiastic hobbits.


    Saturday the Animal House Show, usually held near the Prancing Pony in Bree, moved out to

    Pierson's Farm just south of Bree. Many masks were evident in the audience and on the dancers

    associated with the performance. While the masks made it somewhat less than obvious, I believe

    the dancers were members of Bara Bahau. I arrived a bit late so I can not say for certain just

    what the theme of a contest was, but despite the hidden faces I believe winners were Sullo,

    Tomeoric, Krohkur, and Tessariel.


    Sunday proved to be quite active on the social scene. Our undercover reporter reports noticing

    a parade of mounted members of Remnant passing through Bree. Upon further investigation it was

    discovered that the riders were beginning the celebration of the 6th Anniversary of that fine

    kinship. The parade was followed by a party with music offered by Muckin Fuddle.


    I will not add details of the Andune Ensemble Concert as that was covered earlier in this issue

    by our reporter Hollyberye, but I will add that a trio of performers from I Have a dream played

    on the Pony Rock immediately following the Andune Ensemble Show.


    And if that was not enough for a Sunday, later The Firebrands from Crickhollow performed what I

    am told was their first ever concert in Landroval at the park across from the Bree Jail. A

    substantial audience had gathered in advance of the concert and clearly enjoyed the spectacle

    as the Firebrands rode in, formed up and performed their show on horseback.


    Our undercover reported also noted a performance by Bruzo outside the Prancing Pony later in

    the evening. And even later Beno was noticed on the Prancing Pony Stage offering an impromptu

    performance. It was good to hear that Beno is still around as I have not seen him at any

    performances lately.


    And finally the time arrived for the regular Sunday evening Les Bueax Chapeaux Show. The band

    was really big this week with as many as 13 performers on stage at one point. Special Guest

    for this week was Maestrokane who put on a most interesting performance.

    Recovering from the large number of performances Sunday, our reporter did manage to find the

    way to Ales & Tales Extreme Edition, put on this week at the gates of Fornost. Due to the

    remote location of the show many guests arrived thanks to the summopning service provided by

    Danniwyn. With the Harvestmath Festival going on, and the remote location of the show this

    week, I was pleased to hear that a sizeable audience was on hand to enjoy the show that

    included musical offerings from P.I.E. (yes they are everywhere again this week), The Flock of

    Smeagols, and Bittercress, and the entertainment also included a facsinating tale offered by

    renowned storyteller Flyt.



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  18. #118

    V2 e35

    V2 E35

    Dateline: Landroval 11/5/14

    Horrorfest is now a part of history. Here are a couple of coments from organizers of this fine event.
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    Thank you for this Zed, what a fantastic record of a fantastic event!

    I've just about recovered now and so glad I booked today off work

    Many, many, hugs and thanks to Skoch for the help and for providing the BEST venue ever, and Zed for the advertising, streaming and dances, couldn't have done it without you!

    Well, couldn't have done it without the bands either, or the audience, so thanks and hugs all around

    Count down to summer Rockfest 2015 begins.........

    (cos im not doing it again till then lol)
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    zedrockk

    Thumbs up

    # Boys and girls of every age #
    # Wouldn't you like to see something strange? #

    # Come with us and you will see #
    # This, da Bugans Kinhouse #

    # This is Halloween, this is Horrorfest #
    # Pumpkins scream in the dead of night #

    # This is Horrorfest, everybody make a scene #
    # Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright #
    # It's your fest, everybody scream #
    # In this da Bugans Kinhouse #

    # La, la, la, la, la, la #
    # La, la, la, la, la #

    Woohoo!!!

    Thanx you very much to the audience. You were FANTASTIC!!!!

    Thanx to Calanne and Skoch, and those who helped, without whom this event would not have taken place.
    Special mention to the amazing garden background and superb scary da Buganz haunted house.

    Was really awesome Music Marathon!!! ./toasts
    And awfully haunted!!! Yeah!
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    And so begins the promotion for the next upcoming charity event.
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    December 6th. The biggest charity music event / Notenzauber&Friends

    Hello everyone,

    mark your calendar for the biggest charity Music Event.

    December 6th. 3pm - 6pm /EDT ... 21.00 - 24.00/CET

    Take a look at this Flyer : http://1drv.ms/1pew9nB

    Players from many bands will play with us at this day.

    We found a nice place upon Bag End in the Shire.

    Streamed via Twitch by Rick Heaton aka Sapience.
    Audio Stream by Radio Anduin.

    Everyone is invited. Spread the Flyer to every Server. Invite everyone to come to Landroval.

    Online Gamers play a charity concert for Kids!
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    Music is not the only entertainment on hand. There are also two theatrical production I know of in the works. here is some information about one of them.
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    Theater Night - Sunday, December 14, 4:30-5:30pm EDT

    Join us at Windy Acres Ranch for Theater Night on Sunday, December 14th
    from 4:30pm to 5:30pm EST/servertime on Landroval.

    Two plays to delight and entertain.
    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree Homesteds.
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    We now bring you the repoprt from Hollyberye for this week.
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    Horrorfest, 31 October – 1 November 2014



    Masks off to our friends Skoch, Calanne and others who organized and hosted a splendidly wicked two day marathon of concerts at the da Bugan homestead in the Shire. It was a fantastically atmospheric setting, with the Memorial to the Gaunt Lord as the centerpiece. The music? Creative, raucous, head banging and memorable! The bands? What a display of talent! While many were homegrown on Landroval, quite a few journeyed from distant lands to partake in the delightful horror of it all.



    Lonely Mountain Banders were out in force dancing and cheering (and cowering at times!), and well-represented as musicians, with Lilikate’s The Starlight Orchestra performing exquisitely, early on the second day, and Old Wineyards, with Byrcha at the helm, transporting the audience in the evening of day two (even setting them afire, if our befuddled eyes are to be believed). We hope to see this event next year.





    Andune Ensemble, 2 November 2014



    “Where Do They Make Balloons?” we all asked as we launched this lovely song from The Frequency Modulators. Geoffroi, Cennwyn, Lilikate, Corulin, Hollyberye, Fayeh, Quini, Esyae, Braxwald and Atear composed the Andune Ensemble this lovely Sunday afternoon at the Bree stage. We never learned about the balloons, as along came “The Liquidator” to pop them, quite a departure from the norm, but Andune plays most anything with aplomb and pop, and this was no exception. Dallofin and Gilbert & Sullivan lent us “Ghosts High Noon” and an opportunity to reflect upon the Horrorfest from which we were all recovering. We wondered to whom Miss Cennwyn was directing her lovely song and lyrics when she sang “You’re So Vain” and we know it was someone who “walked into the Pony” but it could never be the handsome but humble Beorbauer, who gave us “Cowboy Take Me Away,” and we found solace in how “Green Grow the Lilacs,” courtesy of Lhinnthel. Let’s hope we are still enjoying those lilacs “When I’m 64,” a lovely all-clarinet piece by Lilikate. We could not stray far from the garden as Geoffroi crooned to “Red is the Rose.” Serbryt worked his magical “Hocus Pocus” and Keli moved us into “The Bastringue” and then got very “Busy” making us “Dizzy.” As Geoffroi so eloquently sang it, “I'm so busy my head is aching, I can't keep up with the baking, And it's you, cakes, makin' it ache, You're making me busy.” All that food prompted a visit from “The Godfather.” As Zedrockk put it so eloquently from the audience, “Mr. Corleone never asks a second favor once he’s refused the first, understood?” No doubt about it, The Godfather cast a “Shadow of the Day,” although that number lifted our spirits and the “Tiny Dancer” made them soar. “Angler’s Reel” was a really happy song that had everyone bouncing and launched us into an encore of two top-notch numbers, “Mirror Mirror” and “Behind Blue Eyes.” Andune really enjoyed their lovely Landroval audience and the feeling seemed reciprocal.



    --Hollyberye reporting
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    Here's the latest notice for entertainment this evening.
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    Time for some jumpin', jivin' jitter jazz and Swing and a ringa ding ding with the Maidens of Vanimor this Wednesday 5th at 9:00 servertime. We're probably going to risk the griefers and play in the Bree Park again...but if we see them around, we may switch to our kinhouse at short notice, but we'll let you all know if there is a change and get you the address.So come shake it daddy-o and hit it 8 to the bar. Our special guest will be Zedrockk and Bara Bahau at 8:00 servertime so come and give them your support if you can!


    With Love, The Maidens x
    -------------------------

    On the Music Scene

    Wednesday got off to a good start with Vanimor performing "In the Park" as a warm up to the Bright Star Show performed in the homesteds. A really big group gathered in the homesteds for that show it being the 2nd Annual Bright Star Halloween Special. An exceptional number of guests showed up in full costume, making for a really fun evening of good music.

    Friday and Saturday Horrorfest was in full swing so I was a bit surprised at the good showing of fans at the regular weekly Animal House Show in Bree. As always a good time was had by all.

    Sunday evening Les Bueax Chapeaux put on their usual fine show. This week they featured the guest artist stylings of the Grayhawke Band. I have seen Grayhawke entertaining around Bree from time to time, but this was the first time I saw them in connection with a big show. Kudos to LBC for continuing to feature a wide variety of musical talent, giving performers a chance to becomne better known.

    And then there was Ales & Tales. This week the traveling road show took place just outside the haunted smial at the fairegrounds on "the" hill overlooking Hobbiton. One of the largest audiences for any recent show was on hand for the performance which included music from the "they are everywhere band" P.I.E, followed by what was offered as part one of two tales in four parts spread over five weeks as told by master storyteller Flyt. Then Bits 'n Pieces took the stage offering a musical insect tribute medely inspired by the Breetles. An extra interest in the music was created when it was offered as a contest with a five gold piece award for the winner the Lonely Mountain Free Press' own featured reporter Hollyberye. Apparently the lass' talents go beyond reporting to include scholarly knowledge of music.






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  19. #119

    V2 e36

    Dateline: Landroval 11/12/14

    Projecting into the coming new year we begin this week with an offering detailing a proposed

    concert.
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    Music of Middle-earth: Saturday, January 3rd


    Music of Middle-earth
    Celebrating music inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien



    Greetings, fellow players and music lovers! I am very happy to announce, with my wonderful

    co-sponsors Les Beau Chaupeaux, Music of Middle-earth, an event of many bands and musicians

    from all over LOTRO celebrating the magic of Tolkien's world with music inspired by his works.




    When and where is this?


    This concert will be taking place on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015-- the Professor's 123rd

    birthday-- at 4PM server-time (Eastern US). It will take place under the Party Tree just below

    Bag-End in Hobbiton. If we end up getting a ton of participants we'll extend it a day to begin

    on the 2nd, but for now, it is a one-day, 3-4 hour event.


    Who can participate?


    Anyone who can play on Landroval and play another song with at least one other person!

    Anything from duos to large bands from any server are most welcome to sign up.


    How do I sign up?


    Sign ups start on Monday, November 3rd. This will hopefully give people enough time to see

    how many songs they can find or make into ABCs over the next two and a half months and how long

    of a set they can make. Either send me a forum PM or an in-game mail to Laerlin with your band

    name (or, for small groups without a name, a list of participating individuals), your original

    server if you're not from Landroval, if you want a 30 minute, 45 minute, or one hour set, and

    the list of songs/artists that you want to play. As mentioned above, if there proves to be a

    lot of interest in this event, we'll make it another day longer. For groups of 2-3 people,

    exceptions can be made for 15 minute sets, especially if the music is unique.


    What songs qualify for 'Middle-earth inspired' music?


    This is admittedly the hardest part of this whole event, for while there is a *lot* of

    Tolkien-inspired music out there, there are not that many that have abcs, midis, or even free

    sheet-music for said music. Part of this might be a hunt. For the musically gifted that can

    write by ear, it may be a fun challenge.


    But let us get to the qualifications.


    When it comes to Middle-earth music, the most influential artists to pick songs from are:
    --Howard Shore: composer for the live action LOTR and Hobbit films and by far the leader in

    midis and sheet music of his works.
    --Chance Thomas: composer for much of the music for LOTRO, as well as the video game 'The

    War of the Ring'. Much of his music is on YouTube under the games he composed for, like LOTRO

    (https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...tro+soundtrack).
    --The Tolkien Ensemble: they put Tolkien's poems to music, and much more

    (http://www.tolkien-ensemble.net/musik/musik_en.html). Their music can also be heard on YouTube

    (https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...lkien+ensemble).
    --Donald Swann: he worked with Tolkien himself to put his work to music (to see his work,

    scroll down to 'The Road Goes Ever On' http://www.donaldswann.co.uk/pubcycles.html#cycles).


    It would be a disservice not to acknowledge how much Tolkien has influenced rock and metal

    bands. Blind Guardian is one of the most famous of these, especially with their 'Nightfall in

    Middle-earth' album. Battlelore is less famous than Blind Guardian but most of their lyrics are

    based on Tolkien's works. Two very famous bands that have some (not all songs) with

    Tolkien-based lyrics are Led Zeppelin and Rush.


    But this is just the tip of the iceberg. To get a good look at just how many thousands

    (yes, thousands) of songs there are out there influenced by Tolkien's works, check out

    www.tolkien-music.com to find bands and artists that incorporate Tolkien's world to song.


    Original compositions inspired by Middle-earth are most welcome!



    Free sheet music can be found...?


    After a little bit of scouring, I found some music, mostly Howard Shore, at

    http://www.musicnotes.com/free/ and http://musescore.com/ -- thank you to Tessariel for

    recommending the latter one.



    I think that is everything. I hope folks are interested. Please leave a message, or PM me,

    or leave me an IM or mail in-game if you have any questions. Cheers.

    Last edited by Laire; Oct 15 2014 at 10:50 PM.
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    Well, well. The most recent update has certainly made a mess of the music system. The fallout

    from this may be severe with respect to the music scene. Here is the first in what I expect

    will be a series of most disapointing if understandable announcements.
    --------------------------

    It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Bright Star will be on hiatus until Turbine

    fixes this mess they made of the music system. It has been our greatest pleasure performing for

    you all and we hope that we will see you once again in the Bree park once this all blows over.


    Sincerely,
    All of us at Bright Star


    Orladan
    Daylak
    Sholah
    Aevireth
    Tessariel
    Fincin
    Tromblon
    Ereylen
    Totiny
    Kyrian
    Doviel
    Dyanathus
    ------------------------

    Here is the report for the week from Hollyberye.
    --------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday, 7 November 14


    Amid speculation that the erstwhile Mayor of Michel Delving was up to some nefarious actions

    with our flutes and clarinets, the intrepid hobbits and a sole dwarf gathered as usual at the

    Green Dragon Inn in Bywater, and enjoyed a thoroughly pleasant Friday evening on the well-worn

    and ale stained carpet, with music and tales and news of The Shire. Fireside conversation

    ranged from the nice collection of hats on our heads (Thorn & Roses favors very pointy ones) to

    cheese and ale to the color orange. We enjoyed some lovely stories and songs, and Pipes,

    Hollybeary and Acorne entertained with a charming little Gershwin Medley, followed by

    “Breetown,” that included some very fine singing, and even more heartening song came out of

    Master Pipes for “I’m a Believer.” Despite Rosafina losing her clarinet, then herself, and

    Hollybeary losing her flute, all was well in The Shire.




    Andune Ensemble, 9 November 14


    The show must go on! Andune Ensemble cannot be stopped by errant instruments or nuisance nags,

    and thanks to the patient leadership of Geoffroi and the band members, the music played sweetly

    and surely. Joined by Braxwald, Fayeh, Lilikate, Atear, Hollyberye, Corulin, and special guest

    Lhinnthel, the band turned to tried and true traditional tunes with doubling of instruments and

    other adjustments to songs where needed, to the pleasure of the kind and music loving audience

    assembled at the Bree Stage. “Take Me Home, Great East Road” was a very popular selection,

    along with “Van Diemen’s Land” and “Surfer Girl,” washed down with some highly palatable

    “Blackberry Wine.” The “Tennessee Waltz” included a lovely flute solo, and “War-Goat Riding”

    came with highly visual lyrics that had us journeying all over Middle Earth, if only in our

    imagination. We were quite happy to find ourselves still firmly on familiar ground at the

    “Prancing Pony,” even though “they keep rot-gut to sell” and “the beds are stony.” Lauralda

    from the audience summed up the performance quite nicely as, “Resilient music, beautiful

    music.” We closed out with a wonderful set of “Gondorian Jigs” from our immortal Aegthil.


    --Hollyberye reporting
    ----------------------------

    Fashion, music, and comedy to be featured. Here's a report about it.
    ----------------------------

    Join us in Celondim, Ered Luin on November 22nd at 4:00 server time (EST) for an hour or more

    of stand-up comedy, songs, and dramatic performances. Come dressed in your showiest outfits —

    there will also be a (slightly unconventional) fashion contest. The Remediators will be playing

    from 3:30 to 4:00, so arrive early to enjoy their music!


    The event will take place in a clearing south of the main area of Celondim. To find it, follow

    the path next to the docks straight south, up the stairs, and forward. Coordinates are 29.2S,

    92.6W. There will also be an usher by the stables showing the way to attendees before the event

    starts.


    The first part of the event is for performances by our volunteers, including an audience

    participation section, along with a fashion contest. The second part is open mic. Any attendees

    who want to tell stories or riddles, deliver jokes, play or sing along to music, or perform a

    comedic routine are welcome to do so!


    Fashion Contest Categories:
    Best Use of Mask
    Best Use of Yellow Dye
    Most Festiv(al) Spirit - This award goes to the outfit that best reflects the themes of a LotRO

    festival (Anniversary, Spring, Summer, Harvest, Fall, or Yule).
    Elven Splendor - Wear an outfit that reflects your view of elven culture.


    Contestants in Festiv(al) Spirit and Elven Splendor will be given a short amount of time to

    explain their outfit choices to the audience. Anything goes, if you have a good enough reason!

    Emotes may be used while showing your outfit for any section.


    Expect fun, category-themed prizes!



    If you have any questions about the event, PM me or contact Willamae on Landroval.

    --------------------------

    On the Music Scene

    The day the music died? Well it isn't quite dead yet, but there is definnitely trouble in

    paradise. As you may well have noticed, the concert scene was turned on its' ear this past

    week when the Valar declared some changes to just how music works in Middle-earth. The results

    were something less than well received and musikers all over have been reacting to the changes

    with far less than enthusiasm. In fact there have been open hostilities in some cases as

    reactions were discussed. Some bands have continued regular performances, some have not. I

    imagine everyone would have most likely adjusted their sheet music to compensate for the

    changes, but word from the Valar suggests that some serious changes to the changes are to be

    expected in the not too distant future, leaving musicers with the prospect of rewriting all of

    their scores only to be faced with doing the same once again when the next wave of changes to

    changes occurs. Bottom line, for the next few (Or several) weeks the concert scene will suffer

    some turmoil.


    The influence of all of this was seen right away Wednesday when Bright Star canceled all of

    their "In the Park" concerts until further notice. I believe Vanimor picked up some of the

    slack that evening though I was not on hand to see the results.


    By Saturday the influence of all ot this was more obvious when Animal House failed to appear

    for their regular marathon performance. Once again the viod was at least partially filled when

    Bara Bahau did a rather sweet jazz influenced performance that evening across the way near the

    Pony Port Stone.


    Later that evening Bards, Beers, and longBeards returned to the concert scene after a few weeks

    off, performing for a nice (If somewhat smaller than the usual) crowd.


    The timing of this musical mess is particularly unfortunate in consideration of the recent

    influx of fine performers corssing over from the land of Laurelin to perform for us here in

    Landroval. Despite that I encountered a really exceptional performance of classical works

    Sunday at the Bree Boar Fountain when a quartet biling themselves as "The Black Hats" put on a

    show for a modest crowd. With apologies for some of the woodwind problems caused by the recent

    changes, the group put on a really fine show and I hope they continue performing here for us to

    enjoy.


    The scope of the situation became more clear when Les Beaux Chapeaux cancelled their Sunday

    evening performance, one of the best attended shows in the land.



    Monday evening bara Bahau picked up some of the slack once again performing outside the

    Prancing Pony early in the evening.


    If there was a highlight of the week it was Ales & Tales, performed this week at the Lonely

    Mountain Brewery in the Bree Homesteds. The show was a continuous series of special treats as

    it included some very special guests. Arriving early our undercover reporter noticed the

    legendary Mithrilfist in the audience vending drinks and pipe-weed, once a trademark of Ales &

    Tales performances. It was also pleasing to note the presence of Beorbrand, the much renowned

    leader of Bards, Beers, and longBeards in the audience. The outstanding series of performances

    for the evening included P.I.E. or more correctly a solo slice of P.I.E. with just one member

    performing. Flyt then took the stage to offer part 2 of what willeventually be a theree part

    tale. After that Bara'n'A a spin off group of Bara Bahau artists offered a splendid

    performance followed by the return to the stage of Mithrilfist with one of his fine "audience

    participation" poetical tales. Following Mithrilfist Shinitako returned to the stage (Also

    after an extended absence) offering a fine tune dedicated to one time music scene star Alloria

    the "Pirate Princess." Then the dance set was preceded by Erelyn, the renowned lyricist,

    performing a tune with lyrics related to the recent music turmoil. Another highlight for many

    of us was the sit in of Beorbrand with Old Winyards bringing the band to what may be a record

    eleven performers.



    A final editorial note: It is most disconcerting that this music brew-ha-ha should occur at a

    time when griefing at concerts is still an unresolved issue. Considering the recent response

    of Valar to reports of griefing at concerts, one has to wonder if the Valar value the presence

    of trolls and griefers more than that of our music community (And if so why bother with the

    myth of ours being a role play encouraged server). Shows have been canceled, and others have

    resorted to performing in remote, secret locations in order to avoid the griefers. I hope the

    Valar are swift in addressing the remaining musical difficulties. Only time will tell the

    tale.

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  20. #120

    V2 e37

    Dateline: Landroval 11/19/14


    Here is the report for this week from Hollyberye.
    ---------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday, 14 November 2014



    “The rug is sticky, the ale prices move upwards, but this is still the place to be on a

    Friday,” said our dear hostess Lina, who ushered us into an evening of song, dance, tales,

    poems and whatnot, at our favorite watering hole, the Green Dragon Inn.



    We especially enjoyed Ponso’s exciting continuing tale of what happened when he went off with a

    group of dwarves a while back, and every single week Miss Lina delights us with new tunes and

    the most engaging lyrics. Miss Primrrose is another one for fine story telling. We raise our

    mugs to you all!



    Master Pipes led the Thorn and Roses off with a sweet tune and let all our friends know that,

    “this week I cleared a new area of my garden. A lovely sunny patch it is and now I have room

    for an extra Rose,” by way of introducing Miz Acorne as a permanent member of our little

    ensemble, along with Rosafina and Hollybeary. The latter sang most earnestly about the need to

    follow her pie crust recipe for that perfect pie we have all been looking for and our last

    contribution for the evening was a very Elvish sounding number. A perfect way to usher in a

    hobbit weekend…



    Andune Ensemble, 16 November 2014



    Even though we work without pay (could it be our beloved band leader Geoffroi the Poetical is

    squandering the tips on Barliman Butterbur’s Blind Troll Stout??? Surely not!), we play on, no

    matter how thirsty we are or how plonky our lutes be. Cennwyn, Esyae, Corulin, Atear,

    Braxwald, Hollyberye and Geoffroi put on a fun show full of lovely, mostly traditional tunes

    today at the stage across from the Prancing Pony. The adjustments made to accommodate the

    vagaries of Middle Earth sounds during this period of meteorological unrest were quite

    successful.



    Highlights included the crowd-pleasing Chuck Berry hit, “Rock and Roll Music,” and a number of

    purely pretty songs like “Rain” and “Butterfly.” It was a full and robust program. Lastly,

    the encore number was a delightful and amusing “Ballroom Blitz,” a special tribute to that

    clandestine degenerate group that operates in the midnight hour, mysteriously known as BBB…



    --Hollyberye reporting
    ---------------------------

    December 6th. The biggest charity music event / Notenzauber&Friends


    Hello everyone,

    mark your calendar for the biggest charity Music Event.

    December 6th. 3pm - 6pm /EDT ... 21.00 - 24.00/CET

    Take a look at this Flyer : http://1drv.ms/1pew9nB

    Players from many bands will play with us at this day.

    We found a nice place upon Bag End in the Shire.

    Streamed via Twitch by Rick Heaton aka Sapience.
    Audio Stream by Radio Anduin.

    Everyone is invited. Spread the Flyer to every Server. Invite everyone to come to

    Landroval.

    Online Gamers play a charity concert for Kids!
    ---------------------------

    A funny thing is about to happen. Here are the details.
    ---------------------------

    Join us in Celondim, Ered Luin on November 22nd at 4:00 server time (EST) for an hour or more

    of stand-up comedy, songs, and dramatic performances. Come dressed in your showiest outfits —

    there will also be a (slightly unconventional) fashion contest. The Remediators will be playing

    from 3:30 to 4:00, so arrive early to enjoy their music!


    The event will take place in a clearing south of the main area of Celondim. To find it, follow

    the path next to the docks straight south, up the stairs, and forward. Coordinates are 29.2S,

    92.6W. There will also be an usher by the stables showing the way to attendees before the event

    starts.


    The first part of the event is for performances by our volunteers, including an audience

    participation section, along with a fashion contest. The second part is open mic. Any attendees

    who want to tell stories or riddles, deliver jokes, play or sing along to music, or perform a

    comedic routine are welcome to do so!


    Fashion Contest Categories:
    Best Use of Mask
    Best Use of Yellow Dye
    Most Festiv(al) Spirit - This award goes to the outfit that best reflects the themes of a LotRO

    festival (Anniversary, Spring, Summer, Harvest, Fall, or Yule).
    Elven Splendor - Wear an outfit that reflects your view of elven culture.


    Contestants in Festiv(al) Spirit and Elven Splendor will be given a short amount of time to

    explain their outfit choices to the audience. Anything goes, if you have a good enough reason!

    Emotes may be used while showing your outfit for any section.


    Expect fun, category-themed prizes!



    If you have any questions about the event, PM me or contact Willamae on Landroval.
    ---------------------------

    Protest expected this Friday in Hobbiton.
    ---------------------------

    The Party Tree Musicing Protest Concert


    We have learned that Ms. Sackville Baggins of Bag End has conspired to (a) block a shipment

    of new musical instruments into the Shire, and (2) backed an ordinance for some instruments to

    play too softly.


    So, we are organizing a protest concert at the Party Tree, as near to Bag End as we can

    get, where we intend to play our musics where Ms Sackville Baggins can expect no peace until

    she relents and sees to the shipment of new instruments and removes the volume ordinances

    allowing folk to play their instruments at the proper volume.


    At the Party Tree, in the Shire, 9:00 PM Fryday.


    We did this the last time she authored ordinances against music, and it worked then. We'll

    do it again.


    Li'l Meadowlark Sweetweed
    ----------------------------

    And this breaking news received Monday.
    ----------------------------

    Frelorn


    Ok folks we have heard you. In the next update we will be reverting the music system back to

    what it was before Update 15. We would still like to move forward with improvements to the

    music system, but clearly there is more work that needs to be done.


    And as a preemptive answer, no I do not yet have a date for when the next update will go live.

    We will let everyone know as soon as we do have a solid date to announce.
    ----------------------------

    Hopefully this roleback will help put an end to the recent musical brewhaha.
    ----------------------------

    And here is some information on a fine event put on for the holidays each year. The date for

    this year is December 12 at 9 pm.
    ----------------------------


    The Bounders of the Shire are pleased to announce the 4th annual "Wassailing the Shire"! Enjoy

    a celebration of Yule in the Shire Homesteads! The event will begin outside the Shire

    Homesteads at 9PM Server Time, and then move into different neighborhoods where bands will play

    their holiday arrangements. The evening ends with an after party at the Oak and Barrel Inn, in

    the Addernotch Homestead.


    If you are a band that would like to participate, please contact me [the bounders, or "here" at

    the Lotro forums] here or in-game ASAP! Space is limited!
    ----------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    What with the recent suspension of a few regular concerts our week here at the Free Press

    didn't get going ujntil Saturday when Under the Sunlit Sky performed at the Pony Rock. I must

    say a nice crowd was on hand for this underappreciated band. Their music is really some of the

    finest performed here in Landroval. On a fashion forward note I was quite taken by the fine

    ensemble in grey worn by Palwyn at the show.


    Later in the day Bara Bahau was performing in the Pony Square as was Roselyn on the Pony Stage.

    Very few folks were on hand for either of these fine performances. Later that evening about

    half a dozen folks were on hand for a marathon performance on the Pony Stage by a band of six

    performers for whom, unfortunately, I did not manage to get a band name.

    Then at the stroke of midnight Bards, Beers, and longBeards mustered eleven performers for

    their weekly show. The audience was biggfer than that for the early shows, but still not up to

    what would be expected for a performance prior to the recent music conflict. It was very

    special to see Carica back with the BBB band after an extended absence.

    Sunday the lack of musical performances was apparent as I saw only one lone minstral performing

    at the Pony Fountain.


    If attendance is down for concerts in general, Ales & Tales this week was an exception as a

    very robust audience was on hand for the show held at the Swordsman of the Sky kinhouse in the

    elven homesteds. A nice variety of acts performed including two sessions of tales told by

    master storyteller Flyt, a set of music protest tunes offered by Ereylen and a number of fine

    tunes offered by Kyrian, Beno and recent regular performers P.I.E. On a fashion Forward note I

    was quite taken by the dramatic ensemble in rose and black worn by everyones favorite scout

    Kaleigh.



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  21. #121

    V2 e38

    Dateline: Landroval 11/26/14


    Get your week of to a good start tonight. Not sure I understand their time for the event so

    keep an eye on Bree chat channels. [time copy edited]
    ---------------------------

    Les Chantefables concert on Wednesday November 26th


    Les Chantefables invite you
    in front of Prancing Pony at Bree
    The Wednesday November 26th
    on Landroval at 3pm EST (9pm CET)

    Come on & Dance with us!

    ---------------------------

    Event Canceled for reasons unknown.
    ---------------------------

    CANCELD - [Landroval] December 6th. The biggest charity music event / Notenzauber&Friends

    Sorry.. but this Event is cancelled for this year. In January i will talk to the bands to

    eventually make a new date ( perhaps Eastern 2015? ).
    ---------------------------

    The smell of greasepaint wafts through the air. Two events of a theatrical nature are

    scheduled for December 14 and January 4.
    ---------------------------

    Theater Night - Sunday, December 14, 4:30-5:30pm EST


    Join us at Windy Acres Ranch for Theater Night on Sunday, December 14th
    from 4:30pm to 5:30pm EST/servertime on Landroval.


    More details are available about this event:


    The plays are "One Chance Too Many" and "The Hamster".


    We have a crew of fine actors, stage hands, and musicians.
    The plays are accompanied by music and have set changes between scenes.


    We're going to have a holiday costume contest at the event!
    You can win 1,000 Turbine Points for winning in these categories -- Best Winter Outfit or Best

    Dressed Couple


    The audience votes for the winners.
    --------------------------

    And here is some early information about the January 4th production.
    --------------------------

    Help needed: ushers, lantern holders, etc.


    Postby Molly Bayberry


    Hello, there's a play that some of us in the /alesandtales channel have been working on, The

    Green Ladies. We're going to perform it on Sunday, January 4, at 8 PM in the Bonfire Glade. It

    lasts about an hour. (There will be a publicity broadside coming soon.)


    We need people to guide people into the Old Forest, and help them find seats, and suggest they

    turn down the scary music, etc. If it's really dark, we might need lantern holders to just

    stand in the back, to light up the stage area.


    If anyone can help, please let me know!
    ---------------------------

    And here is the report for this week from Hollyberye.
    ---------------------------

    Green Dragon Friday, 21 November 2014



    A great many Hobbits and one lone Dwarf (impeccably behaved) gathered at the Green Dragon in

    Bywater this past Friday, to celebrate life in the lovely Shire with tales and song and dance

    galore. Time flies, even though a bit more leisurely on the banks of The Water, and we all

    became aware that Yuletide is approaching when we listened to the utterly delightful rendition

    by Lina and the Badgers of something about there being no better than biscuits for Yule to a

    familiar tune (“Noel”)…Before Thorn & Roses took their place on the hearth carpet, Primrrose

    sang us a song about the dance of the Springlering, and Rosamundi and Arnvid played some quite

    exceptional classical pieces, unearthed from an old haunted cellar up the road. Gioildica gave

    us an entrancing poem about a smelly tree, from atop a table before she vanished with a POOF!

    Seems she has been taking lessons from that Mad Baggins…



    Thorn & Roses started off with a hungry yell, with Hollybeary singing about her adventures in a

    hidden larder and beating the drum hard, Rosafina and Pipes playing horns as vibrantly as they

    can be played, and Acorne keeping it all together with her trusty lute. “The Fading” was a

    gorgeous transitional piece, but really the highlight had to be the back to back tunes of “Pick

    Away” and “Rocky Top” that got everyone in the Green Dragon feeling as exuberant as one can,

    enough to make our foot hair curl extra high.



    Andune Ensemble, 23 November 2014



    The Andune Ensemble gathered together across from the Prancing Pony to stage a really excellent

    set of songs for a joyful crowd. Band leader Geoffroi, joined by Esyae, Hollyberye, Atear,

    Braxwald, Cennwyn, Lilikate, Quini, Fayeh and Corulin, launched off with Foulerie Acadienne, a

    Traditional tune, in the genre that is one of several specialties of the band. Other

    traditional numbers in the show included “Mary from Dungloe,” “The Banks of the Lee,” and “The

    Old Grey Goose” inspired our talented friend Astleigh to create the original composition four

    years ago of “The Javelarry Jig.”



    In an eclectic mix of old and new, raucous and sublime, the band went on to play the “Pirates

    of the Caribbean Theme,” “Something Stupid,” “Moves Like Jagger,” “Reason,” “Louisiana Saturday

    Night,” “Limelight,” “Kites,” and “Maeve’s March.” Geoffroi entertained us and almost made us

    cry with his lyrics to “His Latest Flame,” detailing when Aragorn won a lovesick fool’s Arwen

    away. “Reeling in the Years” and “For Your Love” were real crowd pleasers and a fitting

    prelude to the splendid encore, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”



    The music was just soooo good on a perfect Sunday afternoon!



    --Hollyberye reporting
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    Conversation Overheard.
    --------------------------

    Zedrockk: 'Hiya! You're welcome to our 1rst Rock Battle in the PARK!!! Time to A.L.E to meet

    P.I.E! ROCK The PARK presents you : 1rst Battle of the ALES & PIES - 1rst Round : P.I.E versus

    Bara Bahau. Come On at the Bree Park, in front of the Jail, this Wednesday, November 26th.

    Begins at 9pm (EST) to K.O! We Will Rock You'
    --------------------------

    Do you have a band loking for a special event gig? Here is an early notice for such an event.
    --------------------------

    Winterstock II Planning Thread
    Postby Byrcha
    Time to get the *Winterstock* II snowball rolling!


    Reminder: Fri. Jan. 16 thru Mon. Jan. 19


    Proposed showtimes (subject to change/emcee/band availability):


    Fri Jan 16, 2-5: (fill other slots first)
    Fri Jan 16, 8-11:
    Sat Jan 17, 2-5: TSO?
    Sat Jan 17, 8-11: BBB?
    Sun Jan 18, 2-5: Andune Ensemble
    Sun Jan 18, 8-11: LBC?
    Mon Jan 19, 2-5: (fill other slots first)
    Mon Jan 19, 8-11: Old Winyards


    also: Notenzauber, Maidens/Vanimor.
    ---------------------------

    Have a story to tell? Consider this next offering.
    ---------------------------

    Story Tellers


    Postby Flyt


    Would anyone be interested in a storytellers group? Some like minded folks interested in the

    telling of tales either serious or silly or anywhere in between? Poems perhaps, (I work of

    several of those but find them heavy going), riddles, jokes, little skits of some creative

    sort? The written word is what I speak of in all it's forms and permutations.


    For the next few months I will be telling a tale at our Monday Ales and Tales event. Stories

    used to be of greater importance here I am told and I would like to do what I can to revive

    that in some small way. Perhaps we could do so together.


    I hope to have a web site up in the coming weeks (as my limited time allows) [Editor's note:I

    understand this site is now up and running, contact Flyt in game for more details] to post the

    stories I present and those of others stepping up at Ales and Tales (with their permission of

    course). If you have the heart of a storyteller beating in your breast please do contact me. If

    you feel too shy to present your offerings then I would doubly encourage you to contact me; we

    could work together on what you have to offer.


    But there you have it: storytellers do step forward so we might form a fellowship of

    wordsmiths.
    --------------------------

    On the Music Scene

    For some weeks now my schedule has not allowed me to attend events on some days of the week.

    That has been particularly difficult for me as Tuesday is a day when I have been MIA and a

    couple of my favorite bands perform then. I speak of the Runic Knighrts Orchestra and the

    Green Hill Music Society. This past week I was finally able to attend one such concert put on

    by GHMS and I must say I was very pleased with the fine concert put on by the GHMS folks. The

    evening was made even more wonderful for me when I noticed my favorite torch song singer

    Rohanwood performing with the band and my dear friend Gennyrose in the audience. For just plain

    fine music I urge you to take in a show by one of these two outstanding bands. GHMS performs

    in the Shire at the Bird & Baby in Michel Delving, and I believe the Runic Knights have moved

    their performances to Bree. Keep an eye on the chat channels for details each Tuesday.


    Wednesday the music week got off to a great start with Vanimor filling in at the "In the Park"

    venue where Bright Star performed prior to the recent music update brewhaha. It was

    particularly nice to see Pinoh of the Runic Knights Orchestra performing with Vanimor.


    Both the audience and the list of performers were a bit thin this week when Ales & Tales took

    their Extreme version on the road to perform at the abandoned city of Edoras in Rohan. As a

    venue this one was considerably more difficult to get to than the usual "extreme" venue, and

    that certainly took a toll both on potential audience and the list of performers. While a bit

    thin for an Ales & Tales event, the audience was still what might be considered large for many

    other concerts. Despite all of this a fine show was put on including performances by Carndan &

    Kaleigh, P.I.E. (Now an Ales & Tales regular), and Beno.


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  22. #122

    V2 e39

    Dateline: Landroval 12/3/14


    With the current and pending changes to the music system, there have also been current and

    pending changes to who is performing and when. One recent addition to the music scene has been

    truly noteworthy and so this week we begin with an interview of someone who has had swift,

    significant impact on music performance on Landroval with his band P.I.E. Most definitely....


    Someone you should know.
    ---------------------------


    What name, surname and title do you like to show as you adventure in Middle-earth?


    I'm known as Rhunt, or Rhunt for short...wait! Don't call me short! I'll have to take out your

    ankles. And never call me late for Second Breakfast! Wait, what was the question again? Oh,

    titles? Hobbits don't need titles. That's an Elven thing. Am I babbling? Do you have any food?


    How long have you been here on Landroval?


    I've been here since I arrived. Is this a trick question? Maybe I should study before

    answering. Did you say you had some food?



    Did you begin (or are you now active) on another server? If so, what motivated you to come to

    Landroval?


    I was on Windfola, but had a, uh issue, in Michel Delving. Lasses, ponies, Mead and an angry

    squirrel. I really don't remember much. I am hungry! These questions are hard.



    What are your favorite activities in Middle-earth?



    This is hard. Eating. Oh, and playing music! Did I say eating? I like to hang around the Pony,

    but they won't let me inside because I haven't paid my tab...in like 5 years. I don't know why

    that is an issue to the proprietors. Oh, did I say eating?


    Are you a member of a kinship? If so please tell us a little about that kinship and why you

    joined it.


    Yes, I'm a member of Rechazar Nazgul, one of the oldest kinships on Lanroval. How old? Why they

    are so old, they offer a prescription plan. Props to all of my kinnies! It's a friendly kinship

    and they chat with me! The other night they chatted with me “Stop sleeping in my house Rhunt!”

    and 'Stop bathing in the kinhouse fountain!' They even take me on instances and raids and

    stuff. Why the other night we went on a Raid, I'm not sure which one because I was busy eating.

    Anyway, they told me to go stand just inside of the entrance and that they would be back to get

    me when they were finished. I'm still standing there, I hope they got done soon.



    Are you a member, or do you have an official position with any organizations here in

    Middle-earth or in related websites and forums? Can you tell us a little about them?


    I can neither confirm nor deny that, and you called me little! Where are your ankles? Do you

    have any food? Are the questions done yet?



    Do you ever go out into the Moors? If so, Freep, Creep or both? (feel free to share your

    thoughts about adventuring in the Moors)


    They don't let me in there. Freeps would call me warg bait, but I thought that was a good thing

    since wargs can be very hungry.



    Is there anyone else here in Landroval you think we should know about?


    There are some, but I won't mention their names unless they give me food and Mead. I might be a

    Hobbit, but I do have a price.



    Is there anything else you would like to share with us about yourself or your experiences here

    in Middle-earth?


    <OOC> Ellie and I just entered the Landroval music scene a few short months ago and have had a

    great time playing as P.I.E. while we bring our brand of Rock and Roll to the masses. Props to

    all of the bands that have let us play at their events. And a big Hobbit hug to Lady Lhinnthel

    and LMB for letting us play at Ales and Tales. If nothing else, we hope we have made you smile.
    ---------------------------

    And then there is the report for this week from Hollyberye.
    ---------------------------



    Green Dragon Friday, 28 November 2014



    Although we missed our beautiful bloomin’ roses, Miz Rosafina and Miz Acorne, Pipes and

    Hollybeary carried on with Thorn & Roses and were delighted to enjoy the unexpected company of

    Lilikate. We helped Mrs. Buggins debut two new splendid songs for the warm hearted Green

    Dragon Inn crowd in Bywater. One was liltingly beautiful and the other had the saddest pie on

    the floor story you ever heard. Many a hobbit had to find recourse in their pocket kerchiefs,

    even Wolbodo, who was extremely smitten with Lilikate and her red pigtails and freckles. (He

    may be unaware of Mister Buggins…)



    We were happy to hear more Yule songs…Miss Lina and the Badgers are really putting us into the

    spirit of the season. Primrrose recited a daring tale of hunting goblins, that made some of us

    shiver and Simbo recited one about rhyming with orange, which gave us all a big chuckle. Thorn

    & Roses were happy to play a few songs to entertain their friends, and another great weekend

    was ushered in.




    Andune Ensemble, 30 November 2014



    Huge fun was the theme in Andune Ensemble’s eclectic (and superb!) set list this past Sunday.

    Most important of all, it was a large and enthusiastic crowd. That was a happy sight to see.

    From the kickoff of “The Knights of Tarciryan,” arranged by Aegthil, to the encore of Keli’s

    “Walking on Sunshine,” the band played to make a joyful ruckus…just following the boss’s

    orders. Joined by Atear, Hollyberye, Cennwyn, Corulin, Braxwald, Fayeh, Lilikate, and Quini,

    Geoffroi led the band through its paces for over an hour of great music and fun. Many great

    arrangers were represented in the selections, and some very fine lyrics were performed by

    Geoffroi and Lilikate. I knew Lobelia was rich, but I didn’t know she was a—oh, never

    mind…Nothing surprises this reporter when she recalls the story of Lobelia burglaring Berynun’s

    blueberry pie and a ctually tossing the empty pie tin in his most famous Worm Farm! We heard

    quite a bit about that agrarian catastrophe from the dance floor. Geoffroi did more than

    justice to the personality of this (in)famous hobbit with a quite exquisite song and perfectly

    apt lyrics. Lobelia, unhand that! Such creativity was the order of the day!


    Hollyberye reporting
    ---------------------------

    And here are some details on the upcoming December 14th Theatre Night.
    ---------------------------

    Theater Night - Sunday, December 14, 4:30-5:30pm EST

    Join us at Windy Acres Ranch for Theater Night on Sunday, December 14th
    from 4:30pm to 5:30pm EST/servertime on Landroval.



    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.


    The plays are "One Chance Too Many" and "The Hamster".


    We have a crew of fine actors, stage hands, and musicians.
    The plays are accompanied by music and have set changes between scenes.


    We're going to have a holiday costume contest at the event!
    You can win 1,000 Turbine Points for winning in these categories -- Best Winter Outfit or Best

    Dressed Couple


    The audience votes for the winners.


    We'll be presenting a comedy short, a comedy skit, and a short play.


    We ask that all audience members remain quiet while the actors perform the plays.
    Please save your laughter, applause, and other feedback for the end of each play.
    This will make it easier for everyone to read the text in their chat window.


    TIPS:
    * You may wish to turn on chat bubbles for the performance.
    * Make sure that you can see /say and /emotes in your chat window.
    * If you cannot hear the actors, move to the front of the audience area for a moment, then back

    again. Sometimes moving closer to the actors allows them to be heard. If this doesn't work, you

    may need to relog. Please don't walk up on the stage. You don't need to get that close to fix

    the /say bug.
    ---------------------------

    Here is a notice aboput a concert for the early birds and EU players.
    ---------------------------

    No Whole Bard will be getting into the festive spirit this month as we play Yule songs this

    Sunday, December 7 at 6am /servertime (11am UK, 12 noon Germany, 10pm AEDT, 9pm for QLD ) at

    the Bree stage
    ---------------------------

    Looking for something to do tonight? Then check this out.
    ---------------------------

    We hope you don't mind that we are sending you a reminder for our special show - Bree Park,

    Wednesday 3rd Dec at 9:00 servertime, with our dear friends P.I.E. starting at 8:00. We are

    playing all our best and most sophisticated songs before this questionable rollback happens

    because our songs will never sound as good if it does. The new music system set us free! Please

    come enjoy our brief time of liberty! We will never quit but we want to move forward, not back.

    Come hear us for a musical cuddle.
    With love, The Maidens of Vanimor x
    ---------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    The week got off to a gopod start when a battle of the bands was performed by Bara bahau and

    P.I.E. in the park across from the Bree Jail. The music featured by both bands was dominated

    by heavy metal sounds.



    Thursday a nice crowd gathered by the Prancing Pony for what seemed to be an open mic session.

    I was only there for a short time, but was most pleased to take in tunes by Orladan & Sholah,

    and Carndan.



    Saturday evening a very large audience gathered by the Pony for a performance by Animal House.

    It was terrific to see them back in action.



    And later that evening about half of the Animal House audience stuck around to take in the

    special "Queen" concert put on by Bards, Beers, and longBeards. Many of the members of the

    audience were quite taken aback as "Beardy" Beorbrand was on hand with BBB minus his long white

    beard! Rumor has it the town lock-up is now requiring those under detainment to shave

    regularly.



    Sunday I noticed a small crowd gathered to take in a performance on the Pony Stage by Dyonaea.



    Attendance honors were shared this week by Animal House, and Ales & Tales. The Ales & Tales

    performance included part three of an ongoing tale told by Flyt, a nice tune performed by Bits

    'n Pieces and an homage to pie performed by consecutive acts played by Bara Bahau followed by

    P.I.E.



    And finally I was thrilled at the chance to take in the Runic Knights Orchestra performance "In

    the Park" Tuesday. A nice crowd was on hand, but I must admit I wonder why more folks don't

    take in the shows put on the first and third Tuesday each month by the fine band.


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  23. #123

    V2 e40

    Dateline: Landroval 12/10/14


    The day draws near for Theatre, here are some details about the show this weekend.
    ---------------------------

    Theater Night - Sunday, December 14, 4:30-5:30pm EST

    Join us at Windy Acres Ranch for Theater Night on Sunday, December 14th
    from 4:30pm to 5:30pm EST/servertime on Landroval.


    [Multiple plays will be presented]



    9 Chestnut Street, Raglan, Bree-land homesteads.
    ---------------------------

    Congratulations to the Bounders of the Shire. Here is their post about their anniversary.
    ---------------------------

    Bounders of the Shire - 7 Year Anniversary


    An Open Letter from Bounder Meadowlarke Sweetweed
    Chief – Bounders of the Shire – Addernotch Station


    On the occasion of the Seventh Anniversary of our Founding



    Good Shire-Folk:


    Seven years ago, there was a group of hobbits talking about strange happenings about the

    Shire.


    Wolfs had come down out of the hills. Brigands from the Bree Lands moved into the

    Narrowcleaves and began causing problems for the good hobbits of Woodhall and Stock. Goblins

    came bubbling out of the hills around the Greenfields, disturbing the sheep-farmers and

    travelers to Oatbarton and Dwaling. Giant spiders came to be seen in from the Bindbole Woods to

    Scary.


    There’s a lot of hobbits who think we should mind our own business. “Keep your nose out of

    trouble and no trouble comes to you,” . . . or so some folk say.


    But there were a few who thought that this wasn’t the right way to think of one’s neighbor.

    If your neighbor is hit by a flood or blight, or is injured, or their home catches fire, you

    lend a hand and help them the best you can – partly in the hopes that when you have your own

    troubles they will be there to help. So these hobbits made plans to visit our neighbors – in

    Erid Luin and the Bree Lands – to help them with their troubles.


    I know there’s some Shire folks who think we’re inviting trouble to the Shire. I understand

    the worries, but I fear trouble will come to the Shire on its own unless we can stop it before

    it gets to the Bounds. I think them hobbits what agreed to form up the Bounders of the Shire

    were right on that, which is why I am now a part of them, and even their Chief.


    Of course, there were already Bounders within the Shire. Good folks who deserve respect and

    admiration. Them hobbits seven years go just wanted to form up a station that would help the

    Bounders and take on new chores what would keep the Shire safe.


    Anyways, those hobbits I mentioned went to the Notary in Town Hole in Michel Delving and

    asked for permissions to be formally recognized by the Mayor and all. A few months later, they

    bought themselves a place in the Addernotch homestead, and they named their new home Addernotch

    Station. That’s the name this group is known by now – the Bounders of the Shire (Addernotch

    Station).


    All of this was before my time. I enlisted at Addernotch Station towards the end of the

    first year, and was soon named its Chief.


    Well, over the years some hobbits have gone quite far from the Shire, always helping folks

    in need like good neighbors do. We have made good friends with folks beyond the Bounds - many

    of whom we continue to correspond with. They call upon our help from time to time, and we are

    pleased to give it – just as they aid us in some of our doings. All of this keeps us a little

    busy.


    You may have seen some of us about.


    The very fact that we tend not to be in such a rush when travelling about Michel Delving

    makes us stand out a bit, I think.


    Or you may have noticed us in our striped Bounders’ Hauberk. Technically, we have no

    official uniform or the like – Bounders can dress as they please. But some of us like being

    recognized as Bounders and so wear the Hauberk so as we can be easily picked out. Some of us,

    but certainly not all.


    You may have noticed us in the Green near Town Hole on Saturdays at the crack of noon,

    where we have our inspections. They’re not formal inspections like tall folk sometimes have

    with everything all polished and proper. They’re more like conversational gatherings where we

    discuss the week behind and plan for the week ahead. Can you even imagine forcing hobbits to

    stand still and not even allowing them to nibble on a biscuit they may have brought with them

    while being inspected?


    On Sundays afternoons you may have noticed some of us – and some tall-folk friends we have

    made outside the Shire who come to help – on the hill near the stables in Michel Delving

    preparing to go out on some adventure.


    You may have been at The Regional and heard us announce one of our fish fry gatherings that

    we sometimes host at the Bywater Bridge in Hobbiton – where we combine our interests in good

    music, dancing, pleasant conversations, and fishing.


    We may have heard rumours about hobbits we have involved in special projects outside the

    Shire.


    There’s Club Éclair – a group of Bounders who have allied with elfs, dwarfs, men, and other

    free-folk to help battle troubles beyond the Bounds. Currently, they’re helping the rangers of

    Evendim battle an vicious army of Angmar folk and trolls in the ruins just beyond the North

    Downs. This is what I mean by helping neighbors so as to keep the Shire safe, for if these

    villains take control of the ruins from the Rangers what is to stop them from entering Dwaling

    and Oatbarton – where they have already caused some troubles, truth be told.


    And another group what meets weekly at the 21st Hall in the Dwarfen kingdom of Moria far to

    the east.


    Well, as I said, it’s our seventh birthday coming up, and we intend to celebrate. And we

    wanted to invite you to join in the celebrations.


    Fryday, January 9, an informal reception, either at the Oak N. Barrell in Addernotch – a

    Bounder bar we had built just up the street from Addernotch Station, or at the Bywater bridge

    in Hobbiton as with a regular fish fry.


    Saturday, January 10, at the crack of noon, a special buttoning ceremony at Addernotch

    Station, right in the middle of the Addernotch Homestead, where we will see to the buttoning of

    new Bounders and tell something of our histories and what is important to us.


    Sunday, January 11, a formal dress-up reception at the Bounders’ Museum of Antiquities –

    also in Addernotch Homestead. Because every once in a while it is nice to dress up. We still

    need to find somebody willing to play some suitable musics for us that Sunday, but we hope to

    have a quality gathering and to see our friends and neighbors in their finest clothes.


    We hope that you will join us.


    Even if you’re not a hobbit . . . we don’t mind in the least visitors from beyond the

    Bounds.


    Keep the dates in mind, if you will.


    Bounder Meadowlarke Sweetweed
    Chief, Bounders of the Shire (Addernotch Station).
    ------------------------------

    On the Music Scene


    The dust seems to be settling on the music controversy, with audiences rebounding nicely this

    week. A roleback to the old system is expected, and perhaps one day another attempt at a new

    system update will happen. I imagine both of those events will cause some further distress

    within the music community. It is sad that this recent situation has cost us the loss of some

    highly respected members of the community, but it is good that those who remain have rebounded

    nicely. In the end the system is what it is and we can only make our best effort to deal with

    it as it is.


    The week got off to a good start Wednesday when a rather large audience was on hand for the

    Vanimor concert "In the Park." Prior to the beginning of Vanimor's set a fine set was

    performed for early arrivals by P.I.E.currently one of the most active bands in all of

    Landroval.


    You may have noticed the absence of a report from Hollyberye this week as she was not available

    to file reports as usual. That said, I did stop by the Sunday concert performed by the Andune

    Ensemble. A very nice crowd was on hand for that show, which was the usual fine Andune

    Ensemble presentation. It was nice to see Serbryt there in the audience. Though many folks

    don't know it, many tunes performed by a wide variety of bands are actually the crafted work of

    Serbryt, and it has been good seeing him at many shows recently. Another highlight of the

    performance was a tune sung by Lhinnthel from within the audience. That tune appeared to be

    written with reference to the band Bards, Beers, and longBeards. It never ceases to amaze me

    how the music community here supports the efforts of one another.



    Ales & Tales this week was presented at the kinhouse of renowned dance master Berynon. (aka

    Rye) As was true of many shows this week, the substantial audience on hand included many

    dressed in holidy attire. In addition to the usual performance of tunes by Old Winyards, the

    Ales & Tales House Band, musical offerings were performed by Bits 'n Pieces, the trio of

    Kaleigh carndan, and Elbriannor, and the band that seems to be everywhere P.I.E. The crowd was

    also treated to another tale told by prolific master storyteller Flyt.


    Finally, it was my great pleasured to once again attend a performance put on by the Green Hill

    Music Scoiety Tuesday evening at the Bird & Baby in Michel Delving. Having been a member of

    that band for a few years it is really nice to see they have returned to performing regularly

    after a brief period of doubt. One of the biggest audiences I have seen at one of their shows

    was on hand this week for their performance focused on Holiday Faire. More than any other band

    GHMS, one of the first bands to perform regularly in all of Landroval, is a collection of high

    quality song writers and performers. Over the years many of the finest musikers of Landroval

    have written for or performed with the society in concert.

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  24. #124

    V2 e41

    Dateline: Landroval 12/17/14


    Music of Middle-earth: Saturday, January 3rd


    Music of Middle-earth
    Celebrating music inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien


    Greetings, fellow players and music lovers! I am very happy to announce, with my wonderful co-sponsors Les Beaus

    Chaupeaux, Music of Middle-earth, an event of many bands and musicians from all over LOTRO celebrating the magic of

    Tolkien's world with music inspired by his works.




    When and where is this?
    This concert will be taking place on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015-- the Professor's 123rd birthday-- at 4PM

    server-time (Eastern US). It will take place under the Party Tree just below Bag-End in Hobbiton. If we end up

    getting a ton of participants we'll extend it a day to begin on the 2nd, but for now, it is a one-day, 3-4 hour

    event.




    Who can participate?
    Anyone who can play on Landroval and play another song with at least one other person! Anything from duos to

    large bands from any server are most welcome to sign up.



    How do I sign up?
    Sign ups start on Monday, November 3rd. This will hopefully give people enough time to see how many songs they

    can find or make into ABCs over the next two and a half months and how long of a set they can make. Either post here

    on this thread, send me a forum PM, or an in-game mail to Laerlin with your interest.



    At a later point of time (basically, before Jan 3rd) I would like to have your band name (or, for small groups

    without a name, a list of participating individuals), your original server if you're not from Landroval, if you want

    a 30 minute, 45 minute, or one hour set, and the list of songs/artists that you want to play. As mentioned above, if

    there proves to be a lot of interest in this event, we'll make it another day longer. For groups of 2-3 people,

    exceptions can be made for 15 minute sets, especially if the music is unique.



    What songs qualify for 'Middle-earth inspired' music?
    This is admittedly the hardest part of this whole event, for while there is a *lot* of Tolkien-inspired music out

    there, there are not that many that have abcs, midis, or even free sheet-music for said music. Part of this might be

    a hunt. For the musically gifted that can write by ear, it may be a fun challenge.


    But let us get to the qualifications.


    When it comes to Middle-earth music, the most influential artists to pick songs from are:
    --Howard Shore: composer for the live action LOTR and Hobbit films and by far the leader in midis and sheet music

    of his works.
    --Chance Thomas: composer for much of the music for LOTRO, as well as the video game 'The War of the Ring'. Much

    of his music is on YouTube under the games he composed for, like LOTRO (https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...tro

    +soundtrack).
    --The Tolkien Ensemble: they put Tolkien's poems to music, and much more (http://www.tolkien-

    ensemble.net/musik/musik_en.html). Their music can also be heard on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/results?

    sear...lkien+ensemble).
    --Donald Swann: he worked with Tolkien himself to put his work to music (to see his work, scroll down to 'The

    Road Goes Ever On' http://www.donaldswann.co.uk/pubcycles.html#cycles).



    It would be a disservice not to acknowledge how much Tolkien has influenced rock and metal bands. Blind Guardian

    is one of the most famous of these, especially with their 'Nightfall in Middle-earth' album. Battlelore is less

    famous than Blind Guardian but most of their lyrics are based on Tolkien's works. Two very famous bands that have

    some (not all songs) with Tolkien-based lyrics are Led Zeppelin and Rush.



    But this is just the tip of the iceberg. To get a good look at just how many thousands (yes, thousands) of songs

    there are out there influenced by Tolkien's works, check out www.tolkien-music.com to find bands and artists that

    incorporate Tolkien's world to song.



    Original compositions inspired by Middle-earth are most welcome!
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    Meta Deed raiding - Hosted by The Alliance kinship


    The Alliance Kinship is hosting daily raids for a few weeks. If interested in joining any of them please look

    over the schedule here:


    Helegrod - Drake or Giant or Spider Wing


    Minimum Level 50
    VIP or Misty Mountains
    Goal: Teach how to run this wing including challenge walk-through, unlock portion of Dragon Wing
    Start times: (as needed) Weekday: Wednesday and Friday 6pm - Weekend: Sunday 2pm



    Vile Maw


    Minimum Level 58
    VIP or Moria
    Goal: Deeds for Moria cluster meta-deed
    Start times: Weekday: Tuesday-Friday 7pm - Weekend: Saturday-Sunday 3pm



    Dar Narbugud


    Minimum Level 58
    VIP or Lothlorien
    Goal: Deeds for Lothlorien cluster meta-deed
    Start times: Weekday: Tuesday and Thursday 8pm - Weekend: Saturday 2pm



    All 3 raids will require the above mentioned requirements. In addition, players joining will be required to have

    raidcall with a way to hear only (microphone optional) http://www.raidcall.com/download.html
    Raidcall server ID will be given once in the raid group.


    All Times in Server Time.
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    Just back from a week off the following report from Hollyberye more than makes up for what we missed last week.
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    Green Dragon Friday, 12 December 2014


    Lina introduced the vine with “Thorn and Roses,” ushering in Pipes, Rosafina, Acorne and Hollybeary, who entertained

    the fine folks gathered at the Green Dragon Inn in Bywater with a quartet of lovely tunes. Claudia’s Theme and

    Dreams went over quite well, with our fancy pointy hats merely serving to enhance the sounds filling the cozy inn.

    Pipes then instructed Hollybeary to bring out the Weapon of Mass Destruction and as she pulled on the bagpipes, Miss

    Lina headed to the far corner of the Inn to get some drink from Barmy. The Quadrille Francaise was followed by Bon

    Homme sans the pipes, with just as much jigging as you would care to see at any inn of The Shire.




    Lilikate’s Musical Creatures Play Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, 13 December 2014


    Saturday saw an amazing concert at the Bree Stage, showcasing the Rumours album produced by Fleetwood Mac. Under the

    musical direction of Lilikate, members of the Lonely Mountain Band and friends of the music community joined to form

    a band 16 member strong. With Braxwald on lead vocals, and a few other songs and many chorus’s from Lilikate,

    Hollyberye and Bittercress, we heard some outstanding sounds from all, including Lauralda, Fayeh, Zedrockk, Malvy,

    Corulin, Alesel, Bavelbella, and a few quieter members, Fingest, Yellowcress, Strawberrystar, Fundabara and Firfaron.

    We hope to perform this fabulous show another time and hope you will attend!



    Andune Ensemble, 14 December 2014


    It was another typical Andune Performance this past Sunday, which means there was a lovely crowd gathered at the Bree

    Stage, showing off their expert dancing skills and musical enthusiasms, and a really excellent set list devised by

    band leader Geoffroi, even with his rot-gut ale problems. Joined by Tomrica, Braxwald, Hollyberye, Atear, Lilikate,

    Quini, Fayeh, and Corulin, the band launched off with “Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and spirits soared with “Timber,”

    “Rocky Mountain Way,” and then rested a bit with “The Cradle Song.” Beorbrand’s “Beorning” song was a big hit and

    some of the elves in the audience (and on the stage) swooned to the blissfully well-done, “The Air that I Breathe.”

    “Canadian Overture” was an amazing medley of eight Canadian Traditional Tunes, which flowed together seamlessly. “En

    Rolant Ma Boule” took everyone to France and “Bura-Cha” to Japan. “Brewery Fool,” “Born on the Bayou,” a sparkling

    “Erin Shore,” “Hoedown,” and “La Bamba” marked the end of the excellent concert. The encore song was Aegthil’s

    tribute to the music system and developers, “Beorn’s Jiggareel.” A perfect afternoon of music.




    Theater Night, 14 December 2014



    Just a brief note about the exceptional Theater Night hosted by Kiralynn with great skill and aplomb from the Windy

    Acres Ranch. The assembled guests enjoyed a very fun winter-themed fashion show, followed by three amusing comedy

    skits and plays. The entire event was overlayed with some amazing music devised by Lilikate Buggins and played by

    her brigade of hobbits. Kudos to the extensive cast and crew who made Theatre Night such a success!
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    On the Music Scene


    Slowly the music scene is returning to something like normal. Perhaps the most certain sign of this is the return of

    Bright Star and Les Beaux Chapeaux. The two, who have long shared a number of talented artists, will be performing a

    Yule Concert together this coming Sunday at 10 pm at the Prancing Pony.


    This past week got off to a good start with a two band show in the park performed by Bara Bahau and Vanimor before a

    substantial audience including several swans. Looks like around here the swans migrate north for the winter.


    Saturday Animal House was on hand for there once regular concert outside the Pony. The usual mega AH Show audience

    was on hand for a performance including guest vocals by Tearna and Orladan. Next week Animal House will be moving

    their show to Winterhome for a special Yule Concert. On a fashion Forward note Orladan and Sholah were looking

    splendid in coordinated purple outfits. Not many folks can wear the royal purple with the grace of this couple.

    Following Animal House Bards Beers, and longBeards took the stage by the Pony Rock for their usual shenanigans. An

    interesting note, Aegthil, the pink rocker, must have crossed some powerful spellcaster as he was on hand for the

    show alongside Beorbrand in the form of a fox!


    Sunday Vanimor was at it once again putting on a show for a nice crowd at the Pony Rock


    Monday a slightly smaller than usual audience was on hand for Ales & Tales Extreme performed north of Rivendell on

    the edge of the Misty Mountains just south of Gloin's Camp. Performers for the show included Flyt with the first

    part of a tale followed by musical offerings from Orladan and P.I.E. and then Flty once again with another chapter of

    his tale.


    Finally Tuesday the Runic Knights Orchestra ended the musical week with a Holiday Concert "In the Park",


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    Dateline: Landroval 12/24/14



    This week we begin with our report from Hollyberye
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    Green Dragon Friday, 19 December 2014


    The famous, or infamous, it all depends on whether you are a female or male hobbit, Simbo, was our host this Friday

    evening and did Miss Lina proud. Oh, except for the piping…but we won’t tell her. Thorn & Roses was in full bloom

    with Master Pipes at the helm, and his garden of lovely roses, Rosafina, Acorne and Hollybeary. They ushered in

    their performance with the Song of Rohan, holding the promise of the riders rushing forth. The exquisite Take 5

    followed and the engagement was concluded with a very lovely rendition of Gold and Silver Trees.


    A highlight of the evening was an appearance by The Rolling Kegs, a very talented band of musical dwarrows. They

    even wiped their feet at the door of the Green Dragon Inn.


    Lilikate on Tour: Getting ready for Estel!


    Just a brief mention of the next tour date for Lilikate and the wonderful collection of musicians she has assembled,

    many of whom call the LMB home…Saturday saw a full rehearsal and anyone who can attend the performance on Estel, this

    coming Saturday (27 December) at 3PM server time at the Bree stage, will not be disappointed…in fact, they will be

    delighted with the high quality and diversity of music. A splendid time is guaranteed on this French server.


    Andune Ensemble, 21 December 2014




    El Cumbanchero launched the Andune Ensemble off with enthusiasm, with some energetic cow-belling and a lot of

    vigorous dancing from the Bree stage audience. It was an excellent set list, which ran a bit over, to everyone’s

    satisfaction. Our singers today included band leader Geoffroi, Lilikate Buggins, Hollyberye, and the lovely

    Lhinnthel from the audience. The musical talents of Braxwald, Corulin, Esyae, Keeblers, Fayeh, and Cennwyn were

    essential to an excellent array of song and dance. Ending on a high note, at least a high tide courtesy of Blondie,

    we managed to sandwich in a large and varied selection of terrific music. All of us in Andune Ensemble are looking

    forward to a Yule and Winter-themed concert next week, and in January we eagerly anticipate Winterstock, which

    happens to coincide with Andune’s anniversary. Expect great music!

    Hollyberye reporting
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    Mark your calendars for this upcoming BIG musical event. It looks like there will be 30 or more bands in action!!
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    Winterstock II!

    Hear ye, hear ye! Alert the town criers! Send out the riders! Light the beacons! Mark yer calendars for ...

    WINTERSTOCK II!

    January 16th-19th, 2015
    Thorin's Gate, Landroval server


    No competition. No crebain. Just music. And fireworks. Band sign-up information TBA, but mark yer calendars

    anyway!

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    And then there will be more theater.
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    Sunday Januray 4th at 8 pm

    Your presence is requested at the Bonfire Glade just inside the old forest from the Bucktown Forest Gate for a fine

    production of

    "The Green Ladies"

    a play written and produced by Molly Bayberry

    Romance, mystery, magic, dramatic acting, music, dancing, and even some fine special effects, all provided for your

    entertainment pleasure
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    And here is anopther event coming up soon (tm)
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    Third Annual Twelfth Night Ball



    Date: Sunday January 4, 2015
    Time: 2pm
    Where: Rivendell, The Last Homely House, Hall of Fire


    Music & Dancing!

    Come dressed in your finest for the Fashion Play!

    Meet the Lord and Lady of the Ball!

    King Cake!
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    On the Music Scene


    This week got started when Vanimor performed a "Dark Side of the Moon & Holiday Faiire" show in the park accompanied

    by Melmenya. A nice crowd was on hand for a fine big band jazz style show.


    Friday while in Frostbluff I stumbled across a trio of "Little Wanderers" performing. An agent for the upcoming

    Winterstock event was on hand, and I am told the Little Wanderers will be part of that show.


    Saturday proved to be a day full of music. Under the Sunlit Sky kicked things off with a show for a nice crowd by the

    Prancing Pony Rock early in the day. Then later it was Animal House in Frostbluff. Vocals were performed by Tamoro,

    Tearna, Ereylen, and Mwerlinor. The fashions worn by various couples for the event were in high style with Orladan

    and Sholah, Freemark and Raiunjo, Merlinor and Cellindis, and Tamoro and Tearna all dressed in the finest of styles.

    The day was then brought to an end by Bards, Beers, and longBeards doing their usual ribald faire at the Pony Rock.


    Sunday was also a good music day as in addition to the Andune Ensemble show reported on earlier in this edition by

    Hollyberye, Kamalini did a marathon performance by the Pony. The day was brought to a fine musical conclusion when

    Bright Star and Les Beaux Chapeaux put on a holiday show for a splendid crowd. It wass nice to see my past dancing

    partner Siegrune there, and to join in with her, Danniwyn and Earlindil for some four person dances.


    Monday the holiday music week was brought to an end when Ales & Tales visited Frostbluff for their weekly show.

    Entertainers this week included Bittercress, a duet from P.I.E., a tale told by Flyt and finally a duet by Corulin &

    Firfaron.


    And finally we at the Free Press wish everyone a Happy Yule!

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