What's the story behind your band's founding?
In the summer of 2022 Gelglir began spending more time at music events and exploring the options for creating and playing music. Starting off solo to get the hang of things, he had a few people teach him how to play multiple parts and the seed was planted. He started forming the band in the fall and began to join in at Bread & Jam, first with a group of 3, then adding more members. We have settled as a 7 piece band.
How did your band get its name?
We were formed as primarily an elf band and the sea calls to us. Gelglir is also a big fan of Celtic and Celtic rock bands, in particular Great Big Sea. And so we make our music while we tarry East of the Sea.
How did your members meet one another?
Gelglir and Lazziar met on Landroval at one of the many music events at the Prancing Pony. East of the Sea had already begun to take shape with Gel at the helm. Extending the invitation to come visit Crickhollow, Laz began to attend music events regularly. As our friendship grew, she was invited to join the band, which we now run together.
How would you describe your band's music?
We have diverse tastes, and are happy to play music of all sorts, but we tend towards upbeat, cheerful songs and bunny fur. Gelglir particularly enjoys playing with lyrics to fit Tolkien lore or celebrate our friends in game.
How do you decide which songs to play?
Usually one of us will hear something that sends us on a tangent and the next thing we know we're running down a hole with a white rabbit saying he's very late...
Do you have a signature song?
As of yet, not really.
What's the highlight of your band's time together?
We are still quite new and finding our place in the music scene. Our first solo show was at Jammin' in the Shire this past spring, which was also Laz's first big performance with the band. It was a joy to perform on stage together.
Do you have any stories about a time when things didn't go so well?
Gelglir was the host of Festival of Friends in Februrary 2023 and had the power go out in the middle of the event. It was rather chaotic and quite stressful. I am immensely grateful to Lazziar for keeping her head and helping things go smoothly while I very impatiently waited for my power to come back on.
Does your band play a regular concert? If so, when and where?
As of yet, no. We are a regular part of Bread and Jam and can be found there most Fridays.
Does your band have a website, Twitter feed, Youtube channel, or links to any performances?
Not at this time
What's the one thing we should know about your band above all else?
Music is about community and bringing folks together. At its best it lifts people up and that's what we hope to do.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your group?
Pile your boots up in the corner, hang your jacket from the door. The square might be a little crowded, but there's always room for more!