Barry Dransfield
Barry Dransfield
Barry is an English folk fiddler & singer extraordinaire from North Yorkshire who was a leading light in the folk scene from the 70s onwards.

He first came to prominence with the albums “The Rout Of The Blues” (1970 – Melody Maker Folk Album Of The Year) and “Lord Of All I Behold” (1971) recorded with his brother Robin and released on the outstanding folk label Trailer (set up by ex-Transatlantic engineer Bill Leader). Such was the success & influence garnered by these albums that a huge deal with Warner Bros was signed and their future looked secure until Barry had other thoughts & left his brother. The “big time”, it seems, was not for him. Warner Bros subsequently tore up the contract and so he made his first eponymous solo recording for Folk Mill/Polydor in 1972 that is now released by Spinney on CD for the first time.

This album was described by “The Tapestry Of Delights” as “Along with Vashti Bunyan’s “Just Another Diamond Day” (also available on Spinney – SPINNEY001CD) this debut solo album, full of beautiful and enchanting folk, is one of the two most sought-after major label folk albums”. And by Record Hunter as “the rarest folk album”.

By this time, Barry had already instigated & appeared on the “Morris On” album for Island Records in the same year along with Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson, John Kirkpatrick & Shirley Collins among others and went on to record “The Fiddler’s Dream” album with the band Dransfield which also included his brother for Transatlantic before completing three more solo albums and much television work (Mutiny On The Bounty, SOS Titanic, Samson & Delilah).

Barry now restores violins in West Sussex.