Tomfoolery came into existence through an invite for Jane, Karen Dietz and I to appear on Madelaine's radio show. It meant that we got to know Madelaine better and soon found that we could sing together. Sometime later Jane and I did a gig in Edinburgh and Graham was in the audience and we started to get to know him as well. After mixing in the same circles of players and singers we found that the songs were drawing us closer together. I recall Madelaine asking for the words and chords to Indiana and it did occur to us that perhaps we could all sing it. Sometime later we were invited along to a singaround event in Peebles by Ken Kennedy and we decided that it would be a good idea to rehearse a little bit ahead of that...and so we more or less had started to become a group. I think Jane came up with the name because "Tom getting up to mischief with friends" was too long for the posters. The advantages of being in a group far outweigh any downside and I can look back after some six or seven months of existence on a tour in the Netherlands and Germany and a new CD plus some great gigs in Scotland and a lot of fun and laughs. We have been joined on stage by stray dogs (Woofus Rainright), featured disembodied voices (Jane singing from off-stage due to a disabling leg injury), recording at 4am (apologies to the neighbours), driving hundreds of miles through a thunderstorm and torrential rain to play a gig to a small, disintersted audience for six euros (never sing to marathon runners; they are more interested in their carbohydrate intake than listening to a song about the landscape of relationships) and having a busker buy our CD with a bag of small change that he had just earned himself (the loudest person in the room who insisted on telling everyone else to keep quiet for the singers!). Oh well, no doubt there will be much more of the same Tomfoolery to come...
 ...and indeed there has. Tomfoolery have toured in the USA, where we managed nine gigs; a combination of venues and house concerts. We would have done more gigs but we were delayed by the weather in Colorado and had to cancel two performances. America was great fun. The Grand Canyon is almost as impressive as Cousland quarry and we met loads of great people. 
 
 The line-up of Tomfoolery has changed recently because Madelaine has moved to Colorado for a few years. However, we all decided that it would be good if the group could continue and so we approached Alan Brand and Pauline Valance, two great musicians and singers, to join us. Because of Festival commitments it has been difficult to find the time to rehearse let alone perform but now there are a number of gigs lined up and I am sure there will be more Tomfoolery adventures ahead.