It all started with the Bards and Scholars guild of the Kinship of Durin's Folk back in 2011. Soon, a fixed group formed around Norgi, Torstig, Augir, Barkgrim and Kandral, which became known simply as 'The Band' (or Durin's Folk's Band). Then, as creative people have to be creative, the name went through some changes. 'The Band' became 'The Beards', and, by the time we had our first big concert at Archet Aid in 2012, 'The Rolling Kegs' name was chiselled in stone.
Members came and went, as they do in most bands. When Bob the Bard joined in 2013, the Kegs reached a level of excellence that we hadn't known before. Bob has since marched over new horizons, yet he can't be thanked enough for his achievements with our band.
In 2014, Kandral Strongbeard, one of the original members, became leader, and we've gone from tavern to tavern ever since, gathering members from various kins. The Rolling Kegs have performed at Weatherstock, Winterfest, Shirefest, Archet Aid, and The Harnkegger Games. We also competed in the first-ever Blue Theatre Song Contest in Minas Tirith, at which we were very pleased to win both the Blue Theatre People's Choice and The Buggins Boast Award (judge's favorite song). For three years in a row, we made it to the final show on Weathertop. In 2015, we were thrilled to be awarded double second place for both musical excellence and the People's Choice. In 2016, we were delighted to go one better and win the People's Choice Award. Last year, we were unable to take part, but be assured that our 2018 ale is brewing now.
The Rolling Kegs write original lyrics, too. In fact, almost all of our songs have lyrics! From the light hearted to the tragic, we have songs to stir the blood and gladden the heart, songs of pride, honour, hope, love, death and glory.
We are Dwarrow. We are The Rolling Kegs.
~ From the tall Blue Mountains till the Red Mountains East, ~
~ To the proud lonely peak of Erebor. ~
~ From the cold Grey Mountains where the dragons never sleep, ~
~ We shall stand, we shall stand, and never fall. ~
We are KEGS
We are Dwarrow
"We hired these dwarves to play at our wedding. What a great choice! They not only performed wonderfully... they feasted along with us. Come to think of it, they may have had a bit too much to drink... and to eat... and that theorbo-player shouldn't have kissed my wife that way... ."
– Brolin Ironthumb
"Highly recommended. I can't recommend them highly enough. But keep them away from the ale prior to the concert..."
– Loki Firetoe
"They were the band we hired to play at the opening of our new mine. What fantastic music! The crowd went wild! So wild in fact the whole mine crumbled.... impressive to say the least. I'm still looking for these rascals, if you spot them let me know!"
– Kralin Silverdigger, of Silverdigger Company