For their first series of concerts outside the Bounds of the Shire the Strollers set themselves an ambitious itinerary that would take them from Buckland along the Great East Road before pausing briefly at the camp of Adso Haybanks and finally on to the town of Bree.
As befits all travellers on this road they would see their fare share of adventures along the way.
Simbo, Rowana, Lina
If the Strollers had doubted the welcome they would receive outside of the Bounds then the concert in Buckland would prove that their fears were unfounded. In the dramatic setting of the old ruins and commanding a spectacular view over the Brandywine River this would prove to be the finest concert the Songburrow Strollers had ever performed.
Bolstered by some of the younger and more boisterous Brandybuck's the crowd soon threatened to spill out of the ruins itself. Merchants, farmers, local stall holders and travellers of all shapes and sizes had turned out on this particularly fine evening. Just as the sun began to set the Strollers stepped out to an unprecedented welcome.
Simbo, Rowana, Lina
Hobbits have settled in Staddle as long as can be remembered, a fact of which they are especially proud. On the eve of the concert the Strollers had located an ideal spot by the peaceful lake known locally as Little Staddlemere, itself a much favoured fishing hole.
With hindsight the slippery mud banks and the unusual acoustics would have disheartened even the most ardent of musicians. Not so the Songburrow Strollers. Facing a crowd of discerning locals who made it clear they would stand for no nonsense the Strollers gave a concert to be proud of and one that would remembered for a long time to come.
Thornley's Worksite Concert
Simbo, Rowana, Lina, Bootsy
Turning their attention away from Bree the Songburrow Strollers travelled to the Northern Bree-fields and towards Thornley's Farm. Amid the partially constructed buildings, supplies and craftsmen the Strollers found a warm welcome.
The concert itself had an impromptu quality to it, perhaps inspired by their very surroundings. Using the rough hewn steps of a workers cottage as a makeshift stage the band took full advantage of their wide repertoire, delivering a concert that was both fresh, uplifting and inspiring.
Pierson's Farm Concert
Simbo, Rowana, Lina, Sevelda
The culmination of the Songburrow Strollers tour of Bree land saw them travel South of Bree where the Great East Road bends towards the Chetwood. Here in this wild land they would find a well-tended farmstead owned and tilled by Ned Pierson and his sons.
Arriving at the farm at an uncivilised hour for hobbits the Strollers were delighted to see many had also made the journey. Word of the Strollers previous performances had obviously gone before them and the gated yard surrounding the pavilion was already bustling with activity. For this final concert the Strollers had brought their equally famous 'Firework Fizzlers' - a experienced group of firework handlers that have already made the finale of the bands concerts an unmissable and grand affair.