We are often asked what is the meaning of "Tranters Folly" and where did the
name originate? A Tranter is described as a travelling salesman and is
mentioned in many of the novels of Thomas Hardy, our kindred Dorset-man. As
we travel a great deal with the group we saw a parallel with the old Dorset
characters and we thought 'Ah 'tis a bit of a folly' earnin' a livin' this
way' so there you have it the start of "Tranters Folly".
Over the time we have been together we have appeared at a huge variety of
venues from theatres to fetes, fairs, village halls and even Olympia in
London. Two of this years highlights will be our third invitation to play
at the International Beer Festival in Olympia and our second appearance at
the Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
We do play a huge variety of instruments including Fiddle, Accordion,
Guitar, Banjo, Flute, Mandolin, Whistle the Musical Saw and many other
We recorded a new album of music, the
sound track for a video about the life and times of Thomas Hardy and made
appearances on TV. and radio. I have also found time to
record a solo album of classical music entitled" The Classical Touch". Nick
is at present putting the finishing touches to his first solo effort.
Finally our new album "A Follyfull of Song" is close to completion, featuring
a huge collection of songs sure to please everyone.
It has been wonderful to meet so many friendly people during our concerts
and dances and to meet again many old friends, so here's to the future.