Meet Dance Flora
What's the story behind your band's founding?
We are a band of Hobbit friends, some from Imladris and some from Crickhollow. Many of us were born on the day Crick and Imladris worlds came to life (in the first minutes, actually), but only the Imladris hobbits played music initially.
We have a long friendship with Durgil Annestel of Quende Nosse kin, and his band, Imladris Sunset. We have been crafting for each other and playing Durgil's arrangements for years, very happily. As Imladris Sunset started to play more publicly after migration to Crickhollow we also started playing out, mostly at Elevensies in Michel Delving on Monday nights.
How did your band get its name?
We play many styles, but Especially like dance music--Hard, fast, sweaty, shake everything you got, dance music! And many of us have flower names, so thus the "Flora" play on "dance floor," if that really has to be explained....(shakes head and thinks of some hobbit boys she knows who wouldn't get it even if with an explanation).
How did your members meet one another?
Several of our members have close friends in Quende Nosse kin, and/or Imladris Sunset band. Others are friends that the band has met through performances, and who are committed and kind enough to play with us! They are almost always hobbit lasses, though we'll play with anyone who can keep their tail-feathers shaking!
How would you describe your band's music?
Though we play a lot of dance music, we specialize in Hobbit music. Songs about hobbits, written by hobbits, telling stories of Hobbits (work, love, eating, saving the world, eating, some eating, etc.).
Most of the festival songs we do have lyrics, though in smaller gatherings we don't always sing. But we do like to sing A LOT. Mostly about Hobbits. We'll be debuting several new Hobbit songs at Shirefest 2016, including "The Battle of Greenfields." We're so excited!
How do you decide which songs to play?
All of our songs are original arrangements by Durgil or other band members of Dance Flora or Imladris Sunset. Several people contribute lyrics, and we have great fun doing it. We usually try to pick songs for a festival that fit the theme, or that are relatively new and that we REALLY like. We try not to play the same song at more than one festival, and have not so far, even between both of our bands.
Do you have a signature song?
Great question. We don't yet but might well have one after Shirefest 2016! There are two that are excellent candidates, based on the tempo and lyrics.
What's the highlight of your band's time together?
Definitely the highlight of our time together has been meeting so many new friends, playing, listening and dancing to great music from other bands. It's also rewarding when someone new to lotro music stumbles onto a dance night somewhere and is visibly shocked by the fun and quality of what they're seeing :D Often they see the game in a whole, new, social context.
Do you have any stories about a time when things didn't go so well?
HA! We're hobbits, so every night there is some gefruggledy! Shasta playing Drum on a Clarinet, Starflower missing getting her part in on time because she was petting a squirrel, me queuing up the wrong song, and there's always a patient audience (mostly), waiting through the silence as we pick up dropped instruments, replace broken strings, or find the right lyrics for the song we're about to play.
Does your band play a regular concert? If so, when and where?
We play most Monday nights at the Bird & Baby in Michel Delving, with other musicians for the Elevensies dance night.
Does your band have a website, Twitter feed, Youtube channel, or links to any performances?
Nope, not yet.
What's the one thing we should know about your band above all else?
We're here to have fun, and provide good, quality entertainment! Be patient, and you will be rewarded with some excellent music, and probably some entertaining lyrics!
We also take new song requests for arrangement, and welcome guest song writers! One of our new debut song lyric was written by someone we met at a dance, and it's sooo lovely!
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your group?
Say Hello when you see us, and let us know what you think!