Roger explains..... 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 instruments. 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.