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Lothlorien was formed in early 1996 by group associates Nicole Leonard (whistles/keyboards/Celtic harp/violin/ mandolin/bodhran), Chris Lloyd (electric guitar/bouzouki/mandola/vocals), and Tamzin Hardwood (vocals/bodhran/whistles). Since that time, they have performed regularly at several Auckland, NZ, folk night clubs, with guest performances at Titirangi, Tir na N’og, Devonport, East Coastline, and Troubadour, aswell as private occasions. 1997 noticed Lothlorien and asked guests playing to complete homes at their concert series in Auckland’s Pumphouse Theater. The occasions were entitled Celtic Voices. The next January, Lothlorien performed on the Auckland Folk Festival, playing the ultimate bracket from the Welcome Concert, within their initial “public” appearance there. Afterwards, in June, they kept another concert on the Pumphouse, offering out once more. Lopdell House shows implemented in Sept. Lothlorien also guested on the Wellington Folk Celebration in Oct 1998. They returned towards the Pumphouse just as before in November. In 1999, Lothlorien participated in the Auckland Folk Celebration Invitation Concert, at performed at Tir na N’og once again in August, and came back towards the Katikati Folk Membership in November, to an extremely enthusiastic market. In January 2000, on the Auckland Folk Celebration, Lothlorien appeared once again, as celebration guests. At exactly the same time, in addition they released their initial album, Greenwood Part. They cite this mix of occasions as both a yr and a profession highlight. Repeat shows at Tir na N’og, Titirangi as well as the Pumphouse as Celtic Voices adopted. After that in 2001, a much greater profession highlight came — Lothlorien’s recording Greenwood Side earned the Folk Recording of the entire year in the Tui: New Zealand Music Honours for 2001. (The Tuis are New Zealand’s exact carbon copy of the Grammys.)

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