I liked this week’s corner of Gondamon much better than the last time we held Ales and Tales here, though! (Then, it was on the steps in the main courtyard. Steps are tricky for screenshots.)
Rayana Rabbitfoot opened the show with a tune she wrote when she was a young Minstrel, just learning to Minstrel, right here in Ered Luin, inspired by the mountains gleaming with snow and warmth at once!
The Book Club Band revisited a favorite song from chapter 1, “Far Over the Misty Mountains”…as the current chapter lacked a poem to set to music. Shocking, I know!
Old Winyards joined Lennidhren in “Upon the Hearth the Fire is Red” – the first of my transcriptions from “The Road Goes Ever On” to be performed at Ales and Tales. Someday I want to do an Old Winyards concert of the whole song cycle…once I finish transcribing the last few songs, that is!
And as the evening finished with musical mentoring, Harperella played one of her lovely harpsongs.
Merenda’s poem “The Ballad of the Pie,” accompanied by Harperella’s music, was well received by this pie-loving crowd!
Ingolemo, with Fionnuala and Schezar as back-up musicians, told a cautionary tale of his early adventures at the Forsaken Inn. (Of course, one might say that any tale of Ingolemo’s adventures is going to be a cautionary tale, whether he intends it or not…)
Old Winyards provided dance music for some line dances of the dwarves and elves.
A nice little lore tie-in from this wandering Gondamon Guard – especially for the Book Club folks about to read of the Battle of Five Armies!
Our usual crew of vendors were absent this week. So Harperella sent riders off to nearby towns to purchase the ale of the dwarves and wine of the elves for the crowd’s merriment.
Lastly, a public service announcement from Lyonardo about the Bounders of the Shire’s celebration – TONIGHT! – for Fat Hobbit Day!
9pm EST at the Bird & Baby in Michel Delving. See you there!