.A history of music on Crickhollow
It all started with Breakfast Club. The band was formed for Ghosts, Goosebumps and Graveyard Tales, the first one of Second Breakfast's annual Harvestmath events. The band came back together for Weatherstock III:
Another Crickhollow band, Symphonious, also played at Weatherstock III. They were known for free playing and creative compositions:
Breakfast Club would go on to play weekly shows on Crickhollow, monthly ones on Landroval, the occasional concert on Laurelin, Sirannon and Gladden, and three more Weatherstocks. Some of their performances may be seen on their band page.
Shirefest marked a turning point in the Crickhollow music scene. It kicked off in August of 2014 with 12 great bands, including three Crickhollow bands making their debuts and two other local favorites. Breakfast Club took to the stage in front of the Bounders Statue in Michel Delving, followed by The Crazy Ladies of the Forest, The Starlight Orchestra, DisEnchanted, The Heartbeaters, Green Hill Country, Firebrands, and The Grand Band of the EoM.
Elevenses took place inside Michel Delving's Bird & Baby and was followed by a set from Bits & Pieces. Brandywine and Biscuits (video) performed next, followed by A Rock & a Hard Place (video), The Rolling Kegs (video), and Andune Ensemble (video).
Shirefest 2015 was the biggest event in Crickhollow history, with over 2 dozen performers during the 4 day fest. It kicked off on August 14th with Bread & Jam at the Prancing Pony. Saturday included performances from Breakfast Club (featuring Bolero: A Hobbit Ballet), The Crazy Ladies of the Forest (video), A Twynk Tale, The Ninny Hammer (video), The Rolling Kegs (video), a story from Dufnald, The Department of Harmony and Song (video), Vethlo, The Grand Shire Dance-off, Daffin, Larksong, A Rock and a Hard Place (video), Firebrands (video), Drummor, Fraggle Rock (video), and Maidens of Vanimor (video).
On Sunday, Elevenses moved to the Plough and Stars. Day three performers included: Harlequins, The Travelling Bilberries, The Frequency Modulators, Brandywine & Biscuits, Andune Ensemble, and the Crickhollow Supergroup
Shirefest 2016 took place in a breathtaking setting in the fields south of Scary. For the first time, the entire show was captured, sometimes by more than one videographer. 28 bands joined us for three days of music.
Winterfest 2016 marked an expansion of the festival to a three day event. 20 bands braved the cold of the Thorin's Gate lakes.
|9:00 PM||BREAD & JAM|
|12:00 PM||Struck by Moonlight (watch)|
|1:00 PM||Polnolunie (watch)|
|2:00 PM||Remediators (watch)|
|3:00 PM||Puddlejumpers (watch)|
|4:00 PM||Aleford Band (watch)|
|5:00 PM||Little Wanderers (watch)|
|6:00 PM||Dulcet Tones (watch)|
|7:00 PM||Skarn (watch)|
|8:00 PM||DisEnchanted (watch)|
|9:00 PM||No Whole Bard (watch)|
|10:00 PM||Savo 'Lass (watch)|
|11:00 PM||Imladris Sunset (watch)|
|12:00 PM||Harlequins (watch)|
|1:00 PM||Traveling Bilberries (watch)|
|2:00 PM||Misty Mountain Hobbs (watch)|
|3:00 PM||Purple Pipeweed Parlor Band (watch)|
|4:00 PM||Shire Tramps (watch)|
|5:00 PM||Mardi Gras Party (watch, watch)|
|6:00 PM||Fraggle Rock (watch)|
Shirefest 2017 settled into a permanent home at the Methel-stage. The festival was more international than ever with musicians hailing from 5 continents and bands that played on all current servers.
|3:00 PM||Struck by Moonlight (watch)|
|4:00 PM||An Unexpected Melody (watch)|
|5:00 PM||Die Bunten Vögel (watch)|
|6:00 PM||The Michel Delving Bunny Watch (watch)|
|7:00 PM||Purple Pipeweed Parlor Band|
|8:00 PM||Mardi Gras Party Band (watch)|
|12:00 PM||The Breakfast Club (watch)|
|1:00 PM||Ninny Hammers (watch)|
|2:00 PM||Polnolunie (watch)|
|3:00 PM||Shire Tramps (watch)|
|4:00 PM||Little Wanderers (watch)|
|5:00 PM||Skarn (watch)|
|6:00 PM||P.I.E. (watch)|
|7:00 PM||Rhym and the Misty Mountain Hobs (watch)|
|8:00 PM||The Puddlejumpers (watch)|
|9:00 PM||No Whole Bard (watch)|
|1:00 PM||The Department of Harmony and Song (watch)|
|2:00 PM||Harlequins (watch)|
|3:00 PM||Andune Ensemble (watch)|
|4:00 PM||Thunderstruck (watch)|
|5:00 PM||The Aleford Band (watch)|
|6:00 PM||Dance Flora|
|8:00 PM||Dr. Star & The Acoustic Mayhem|
|9:00 PM||Savo' Lass|
Winterfest came back for a third edition in 2017. Most of the 20 bands played the previous year but we also welcomed a few new performers.
Saturday's performers were Breakfast Club, Polnolunie, Struck by Moonlight, Quentera, Little Wanderers, Dr. Star & The Acoustic Mayhem, Purple Pipeweed Parlor Band, No Whole Bard, DisEnchanted, Puddlejumpers, Savo 'Lass, and Skarn. Sunday's show included Dulcet Tones, The Department of Harmony & Song, The Rolling Kegs, Andune Ensemble, A Rock and a Hard Place, Misty Mountain Hobbs, Mardi Gras Party Band, and Imladris Sunset.
The first Spring Music Festival was held on April 1, 2018. Our solo performers were no joke! Toadflax was the overall winner, followed by Pfunki, Rhunt, and Appletart. Vethlo, Oswego, and Duidhrastir also gave incredible performances which made the decision very difficult for our judges!
Under a Fool Moon was the brainchild of Luventhariel, who rarely caught musical performances because of her schedule. Night-shifters, late night gamers, and players from Asia & Oceania deserved their own festival. She invited musicians to the party and the crowd stayed in Celondim for hours. Performers included Laaleth & Duidhrastir, Andgail, Durgil, Laerlas, and Pfunki. The Mardi Gras Party Band, The Stoors, the Mithril Moon Band, and Alt Rock Band also performed.
Under a Fool Moon, Too! followed a year later. Musicians included Mardi Gras Party Band, Michel Delving Bunny Watch, The Usual Suspects, Puddlejumpers, The Stoors, Ghosts n Roses, and Alt Rock Band. Everyone was excited about the rare opportunity to listen to and play music outside of the typical hours.