~  F.A.Q.  ~

    Frans Hals - Jester With A Lute
  • Which server do you play on?
    The GLADDEN server (originally on VILYA).

  • Can anyone join?
    Yes, the group is open to anyone that wants to play music. This is not a "kinship only" group.

  • Do you have a uniform?
    We all have our chosen outfits for when we get together, with the one common outfit item being a brimmed, feathered hat (color-dyed to best match your outfit). The exception is for formal concerts, when we have matching outfits (example: 2008 Christmas concerts).

  • Do you play "live" or scripted music?
    As a group, we typically stick to scripted music (ABC files) for easier synchronization.

  • Is there a set practice schedule?
    No, we gather together to play music when we choose to (typically evenings, N. America time zones). If a formal event is planned, we will try to meet ahead of time to be sure everyone is set (i.e. music, costume).

  • How was the group started?
    sheet music
    When Raymiond (founder) would meet other players who enjoyed playing music in-game, there was never any common ground and it was difficult for them "to be on the same page" (pun intended in reference to sheet music). Often a lot of time was wasted just getting ready to play and not actually playing music because each player had to be sure to have the same version of {insert song title}. Inevitably someone had to go to one of the LotRO ABC music sites, find the right file, and then download it.

    To start playing music more quickly with these random music groups, Raymiond created a "music pack" of the ABC files he collected (quality songs without ABC file notation errors, songs that transcribed well into LotRO's music system, and so on), and made it available for download.

    Next, Raymiond began to look for and gather a group of players who played music together consistently. To give the players a purpose to re-group, the Bards of a Feather was formed in September, 2008, with their official debut later that same month for Bilbo's and Frodo's birthdays.

  • Where did the name come from?
    The name, Bards of a Feather, is a pun on the old saying, "birds of a feather (flock together)" and that our band's uniform is a brimmed, feathered hat. [Thank you to Garethor for coming up with the band's name.]

  • Who are the Traveling Bards?
    When visiting other servers, we have setup a kinship named Traveling Bards to group under, and demonstrate that we are only there on music business. And as always, anyone that would like to play music with us is welcome to without that character having to leave their current kinship.

    The Traveling Bards have been seen wandering on the following servers:

      - Landroval
      - Silverlode

    Gerrit Dou - Still Life With Globe Lute and Books

  • Can you play music for {upcoming event}?
    If given enough notice, we will perform at various occasions (i.e. Middle-earth event, house warming, celebration for a character leveling). Please contact Raymiond or one the other Bards.

  • How is this music group different than others I have heard in-game?
    Perhaps the main difference is Bards of a Feather was never meant to be a kinship-only music group. It is open to anyone, without having to leave your existing kinship.

  • Your music selection is {dumb, stupid, other word}.
    That's the wonderful thing about music - there are so many styles to choose from depending on your mood. We are open to music suggestions to be added to our ever changing song list.