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Number 283

Robin and Barry Dransfield - Popular to Contrary Belief (Free Reed FRR018)

Sadly, the once popular Yorkshire folk siblings Robin and Barry Dransfield are rarely mentioned in folk circles these days, although they left a huge impression on me when I first heard their debut LP Rout of the Blues, a good few years ago. The Harrogate-born duo, were Ashley Hutchings first choice of musicians invited to join him on his new Steeleye Span venture but turned down the offer. Instead, the brothers continued to perform as a duo throughout the early 1970s, gaining a reputation as folk brats among the established folk community, at one point forming a folk rock outfit Dransfield and making their concept album Fiddler's Dream, which was received with mixed reviews and with little help from the record company in terms of marketing. Photographed outside a pub, raising glasses, on the front cover, the brothers looked set for a come back in 1977 when they released Popular to Contrary Belief for the Derby-based Free Reed Records, performing the sort of traditional songs they first found fame with seven years previously.