Meet The Aleford Band
What's the story behind your band's founding?
This is the second incarnation of The Aleford Band. The original band comprised the whole Aleford family - Ardo (Father), Gentian (Mother), Chord (Son), Gennetta and Allegretta along with another hobbit called Tommo Rubbins. The band toured all over Eriador from Forochel to Galtrev. Though quite young at the time the children were all skilled musicians having been taught their art by Ardo who now teaches other minstrels in Michel Delving. The band ceased playing after Gentian, Chord and Tommo died in tragic circumstances returning from a fair in Gwingris. The Sisters then settled down in the homestead of Oldfurlong and started performing as a duo in the Shire and Bree. They later became part of The Traveling Bilberries but have since left to pursue their love of music and song with Toolee Twitchtoes, recreating The Aleford Band as a trio. It is now also becoming more common to see them perform concerts with a guest musician.
How did your band get its name?
Aleford is our family name (see above).
How did your members meet one another?
We met up with Toolee whilst in The Traveling Bilberries but she is also one of our neighbours in Oldfurlong.
How would you describe your band's music?
The Aleford Band play an eclectic mix of musical genres in which the only stipulation is that the tune has to be good and entertaining. Ballads, jigs and reels, rock, classical and pop tunes all appear in their repertoire.
How do you decide which songs to play?
Gennetta arranges all the band’s music & selects the set lists to suit each particular concert.
Do you have a signature song?
We seem to have become well known for songs on the subject of birds, of which we now have several.
What's the highlight of your band's time together?
Our performance for The Oldfurlong Amazin Koncert Series, (see link below).
Do you have any stories about a time when things didn't go so well?
Plenty but none of them relate to the Aleford Band.
Does your band play a regular concert? If so, when and where?
No, not at present.
Does your band have a website, Twitter feed, Youtube channel, or links to any performances?
Our website - http://thealefordband.weebly.com/
Winterstock III concert - https://www.twitch.tv/barafunda/v/36546893
OAKS Part 1 - https://www.twitch.tv/barafunda/v/49908611
OAKS Part 2 - https://www.twitch.tv/barafunda/v/49909670
Our thanks to Master Zedrock & Zygg for the moving pictures.
What's the one thing we should know about your band above all else?
When you attend an Aleford gig be prepared for variety, and have tissues at the ready. Our aim is to make the audience feel the music, so we are content if they cry with laughter or sadness.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your group?
Only that we hope you enjoy what we do as much as we do.