Known for his unique way of holding his fiddle across his chest rather than under his chin, allowing him to sing at the same time, Barry Dransfield has played a seminal role in the evolution of British folk music since the late '60s. He recorded several memorable albums with his brother, Robin, including Rout of the Blues, which was named Best Folk Album of 1970 by the British music magazine Melody Maker. He played with the Albion Band and was featured on the groundbreaking 1972 collection, Morris On. Dransfield was equally successful as a soloist. He composed the scores of films, including S.O.S. Titanic, and British television plays, including Play Away, Samson and Delilah, and Ballymena Opera House, and portrayed blind fiddler Michael Byrne in the Mel Gibson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Anthony Hopkins-starring film The Saga of H.M.S. Bounty. His self-titled debut solo album remains a highly valued collector's item, voted Rarest Folk Album by Record Hunter magazine.